Kelly Hall Rhodes, age 54, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home in Corpus Christi, TX on April 11, 2022 after a courageous battle with ALS which took her life, but never her buoyant spirit. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and was cherished by her family.
A perpetual source of joy from day one, Kelly was born on July 28, 1967 to Jeff McDonald and Susie Gilman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was raised in Milwaukee, graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1985 and continued her education at Lincoln College as well as the Culinary Institute at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Kelly had the most beautiful smile and hilarious sense of humor, and enjoyed music, laughing, swimming, tennis, cooking, hanging out with her family and many nieces and nephews. She was a bright light to her family and friends, and an all-around amazing human being.
Throughout her life, Kelly wore many hats including working for Time Insurance and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Her most loved vocation was her work as a school teacher’s assistant at the The Jewish Community Center in Corpus Christi. That was where she was her happiest and her love of children was cemented.
Kelly was compassionate, loving and caring to all she met. She was a loving wife and her marriage with Bryan Kenneth Rhodes on August 3, 1996 began a love story for the ages. Kelly was an incredible daughter, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, friend, teacher, volunteer, advocate, comedian, chef, cheerleader, entrepreneur, homemaker; the list goes on and on. She was gracious, kind, funny, resilient and brave.
Kelly is survived by her parents, Susie Love (Danny) Hale, Jeffrey McDonald, her loving husband, Bryan Kenneth Rhodes, her sister, Molly King (Charles King), and endless family and friends who adored her.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, April 18 at 11am at Seaside Memorial Funeral Home, 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. Services will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Please click the link below to join us as we celebrate Kelly's life. An additional Celebration will take place in Milwaukee at a later date.
Donations in her honor may be made to the ALS Association of Texas or to ALS TDI.
May her memory be a blessing.
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