Belinda Lu Rhodes

Belinda Lu Rhodes

Belinda Lu Rhodes, 69, of Wolf Lake, died from an aneurysm the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, at Union County Hospital in Anna. 

She was born on Sept. 10, 1952, the daughter of Leda Mae Wallace of Vandeuser, Mo.

She married Phillip Lane Rhodes on Oct. 11, 1974, at Beech Grove Baptist Church in rural Alto Pass, after a two year courtship and on-the-farm training. 

She is survived by her most loving husband, Lane Rhodes of Wolf Lake; children Stephanie Rhodes of Alto Pass, Kevin (Darson) Rhodes of Hamlin, N.Y., and Felicia (Jason) Gale of Keokuk, Iowa; four grandchildren, Toby (Kenzle) Gale of Montrose, Iowa, Molly Gale of Keokuk, Iowa, Tyus and Jonas Rhodes of Hamlin, N.Y.; one great-grandchild, Kaesen Lane Gale of Montrose, Iowa; siblings Veda Hafley of Cape Girardeau, Maria (Bob) Cogar of Fort Wayne, Ind. and John (Liz) Stage of Ventura, Calif.; great-aunt and sister Judy Kay Wallace of Vandeuser, Mo.; special friend and bonus mom, Ida May Smith of Anna; other family and special neighbors and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother. 

She was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed supporting the Anna Heights Baptist Church Sunday School Class at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. She and Lane held Sunday school and song services there for 23 years, making friends there to many veterans and their families. 

She farmed with her husband, where they raised crops, livestock, many birds and their three children. 

Belinda loved flowers and helping people. She loved being a farm wife and forever companion to Lane and treasured their life together in the country. 

Graveside funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Jonesboro Cemetery, with Bill Littrell officiating. 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials can be made to the Illinois Veterans Home or to the Fisher House in St. Louis. 

To visit her memorial page, visit the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home website at

The Gazette-Democrat

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