News - March 16, 2011

Constance Esther Rhodes dies at 104

Constance Esther Rhodes, who lived in Menlo Park the past 65 years, died March 5. She was 104.

Born June 8, 1906, in San Francisco to Ida Brown and August Waidman, she lived in California her entire life.

She was well known in Menlo Park and on the Peninsula for many years, said her granddaughter Coleen Duncan of Atherton.

She was active at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for over 60 years and was involved at the Little House Activity Center for 40 years, Ms. Duncan said.

"It is a great loss to many people who knew her, but she had a wonderful 104 years on this earth and should be celebrated," Ms. Duncan said.

She was buried at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto next to her husband, Irving "Dusty" Rhodes, who died 29 years ago.

"Chickie," as she was known to her family for the past 20 years, is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Duncan of Atherton, who co-owns the Menlo Park Academy of Dance in Menlo Park; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


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