Christy (Kramer) Rhoads of Falmouth, MA, was born in Lake Geneva, WI on November 23, 1936 and passed away on January 12, 2019 from complications suffered from a heart attack on Christmas Day. She was predeceased by her parents Christian John Kramer and Grace (Kidder) Kramer. She grew up in Mt. Vernon, IA, near Cedar Rapids, and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1955. She attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon and received a BA in Elementary Education and Spanish in 1960. She met her husband, Donald Rhoads, while at Cornell and they married in 1959. Christy taught grade school in Anamosa and Lone Tree, IA, while her husband attended the University of Iowa. They later moved to Harvey, IL while her husband attended the University of Chicago. They raised their family in Hamden, CT and Woods Hole, MA.
Christy was very involved in her community. She was active in the PEO sisterhood where she served as president of Chapter C in Hamden, CT. While in Hamden, Christy also served as Cub Scout den mother and as surrogate mother to many Yale University geology graduate students of her professor husband from 1965 to 1985. In 1986 she and her husband moved to Racing Beach, Falmouth, MA. In Falmouth Christy became active in the Falmouth Garden Club and Falmouth Historical Society, where she took great pride in tending the herb garden. In Falmouth she continued her participation with the PEO in the local Chapter AH. She was also a member of the Falmouth Artists Guild, Highfield Hall, Heritage Plantation and Gardens, and Delphi social group.
Christy is survived by her husband, Donald C. Rhoads of Falmouth, MA. Her brother, Lawrence H. Kramer, of Marion, IA. Her sons Mark D. Rhoads (Susan) of Northampton, MA, Douglas J. Rhoads (Susan) of Hamden, CT, her 4 grandchildren, Alexandria, Abigail, Gaelen and Jasper and two cats Tina and Timmy.
Please join Christy’s family in celebrating and honoring her on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:30AM for a memorial service and reception at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her name to: PEO Program for Continuing Education, (On memo line of check write “Christy Rhoads Chapter AH-MA). Mail checks to: PEO Program for Continuing Education, Executive Office, Treasurer’s Department, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312. If you wish for the family to be notified of your donation please include a note with your donation informing the office where to send the notification.