RHODA was one of 12 children who spent her earliest years in Merthyr Tydfil before the family moved to Hanham where her father worked as a policeman. After leaving school, she worked in a local shop and married John at the end of the Second World War when she was 17.
She met John because her brother married John's sister.
John and Ern served in the Army together during the war and as hostilities were drawing to an end, they managed to escape as prisoners of war and get back to England through Switzerland.
Rhoda and John set up their family home in Hanham and while John went to work as a coalminer at Harry Stoke, Rhoda stayed at home to bring up the family.
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John spent the remaining years of his working career at Lucas's in Kingswood.
They loved their annual holiday and always went to Weymouth and stayed in a caravan.
John suffered heart problems and eventually passed away on New Year's Eve in 1984.
Fourteen years ago, Rhoda moved to a warden-controlled bungalow in Kingswood which was close to her daughter, Sue Holbrook.
Rhoda lived for her family and loved to spend time with her grandchildren.
Mrs Holbrook said: "She was always happy and smiling. She was a very happy person.
"She was always there for me and my best friend."
Her funeral will be held on December 18 at 3pm at Westerleigh Crematorium.