Remembering Sue Rhoads, 1949-2018

Family and friends are remembering Sue Rhoads, and sharing this with the community:

Betty Sue MacWatters Rhoads passed in peace and surrounded by love on May 21, 2018. We’re sure she has been embraced with joy by those who preceded her into Heaven, especially her beloved husband, Harold, her mother, Betty Rinaldo MacWatters, and sister, Colleen.

Sue was born on January 2, 1949 at St. Cabrini’s Hospital. She was a proud third-generation West Seattleite, graduating from Chief Sealth High School in 1967, marrying Harold at Hillcrest Presbyterian, and raising her own family in her treasured little home near the Junction.

Sue was a survivor. A gentle yet strong woman of uncompromising faith. She believed in the power of love and the healing virtue of forgiveness. Through her years of illness and pain, she never failed to be a light shining warmth and compassion to her family and friends, guiding them through their own life’s challenges.

Sue was a sunny optimist, a quiet comedienne and a stealth prankster. During difficult times, she chose to laugh rather than cry and refused sadness at her door, but welcomed good cheer and humor. Always, friend or stranger, had a seat at her table and the only requirement was kindness and conversation.

She is survived by her loving children, Rhonda and Ryan (Kyra), and six grandchildren, Eleza, Andrea, Ethan, Owen, Liam, and Gabriel. As well as sisters, Linda (Will) and Kathy, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her life was her family. Our joy was her presence. We are learning to move forward without her light. It is still dark though.

A private service was planned this week, with a community memorial to follow this summer. Her family would like to extend their gratitude to the Surprenant and Hesse families for their love and support. Our mother cherished your friendship.

“Dear friend, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God … because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8.

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