Rhoda I. Kelso, age 102, of Gaylord passed away at Medilodge in Gaylord, Michigan.
She was one of nine children, born to Chester and Mary Jane (Cherwinski) Lewis in Vanderbilt, Michigan, on April 21, 1917.
Rhoda graduated in 1935, with her class of six, from Vanderbilt Community School.
She and her husband Roy bought their farm in 1941 on Hallock Rd., where they raised their four children. She helped on the farm doing any chores that needed to be done. Rhoda was always eager to welcome her children’s many friends, whether they came for just a meal or an overnight stay. She lived on the farm until 2013, when she moved to the Brook and a few years later, to Medilodge.
She liked to keep busy gardening, hunting, being outdoors, traveling, walking, and quilting. She made a quilt top for each of her children, and for the grandchildren, she made a quilt as a wedding gift. Because many hadn’t married by the time she quit quilting, Rhoda gave each of her children a finished top to be made into a quilt for their children at the time of their marriage.
Rhoda loved to travel and had been to every state in the union. She loved many fishing trips to Canada, enjoyed a two-week vacation with 14 family members in Ireland, along with a very special trip to the Dominican Republic, for her granddaughter Ashley’s wedding.
She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church. Attending in Vanderbilt, until her children started Gaylord schools, and she felt it was important they attend with their friends. She was active in her church circle and even helped when they first started making their “famous” pasties. She was a member of the Historical Society, Farm Bureau, P.T.A., and a member of the Grange.
Rhoda was so thankful for her family, many friends and her Medilodge family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband John “Roy” Kelso; son John, and grandson David.
Rhoda is survived by Barbara (Eugene) Fleming, Marvin (Nancy) Kelso, Glen (Joy) Kelso; 11 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 20, at the First United Methodist Church at Noon. A visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home Wednesday, June 19 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and continue at the church beginning at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Historical Society, or First United Methodist church, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.