Charlene Rhoades, 79

Charlene H. Glause Rhoades was born Nov. 3, 1932, and went to her final rest Feb. 25, 2012. She was born to Paul and Genevieve Glause at Halsey. She married Claude E. Rhoades at Brewster, June 10, 1951. Together they raised four children and ranched in the central Sandhills area for the last 60 years. She will be remembered for her devotion to family, her amazing work ethic, and as someone who was always ready to extend a helping hand to others.In her early adulthood she was a school teacher at various small country schools in the Sandhills. She was employed by Mid-Nebraska Individual Services for 30 plus years. Charlene was dedicated to protecting the rights of the disabled. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lois Jensen, sister Mahala Thompson, sister Judy Gushard, one grandchild, Kailey Epp and one foster daughter Joanne Van Cleave. She is survived by her husband, Claude Rhoades; daughter, Karla Rhoades Estes; son, Greg Rhoades; daughter, Julie, daughter, Lisa Rhoades Barrett; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five step -great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jap (Paul), Rolly and Van Glause; two sisters, Margaret Campbell and Linda Haumont, and a nephew, Steven Campbell that lived with Mom and Dad for a number of years. A private celebration of her life will be held at the time of her inurnment in the Victoria Creek Cemetery near their ranch, a place that she found restful. The following verse is excerpted from a prayer that hung on the wall of her kitchen for many years. Lord, thank you for the things I love, open spaces, the big skies above.The workday is hard, the hours long,highlighted by a meadowlark's song.Make me a good partner and a friend,one on whom my husband depends.Memorial contributions can be sent to Mid-Nebraska Individual Services.Published in Custer County Chief, March 1, 2012