Fernande G. ‘Fern’ Rhodes

Published 8:50 am Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mrs. Fernande G. “Fern” Rhodes, 92, of Winston-Salem, died on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

She was born in Quebec, Canada, on Aug. 27, 1924 to the late Joseph-Paul and Alphonsine Gagne. She served in the Royal Canadian Air Force prior to moving to the United States. She was a long-time member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. She was employed as a hairdresser for 70 years and was owner of Rhodes Beauty Salon.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, retired State Rep. Frank E. Rhodes Jr.; her daughter, Angeline Gagliano; a step-daughter, Ruthann Winecoff; and her sisters, Pauline Smith and Stella LePeletier.

Survivors: her children, Peggy Payne (Eddy) of Blairsville, Ga., Tina Gagliano of Winston-Salem, Nelson S. Rhodes (Crystal) of Mt. Airy and step-son, Frank E. Rhodes III of Titusville, Fla.; plus seven grandchildren and two special boys, Carlos and David Scott of Wading River, N.Y.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Forsyth Memorial Park, Winston-Salem. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials: Hospice/Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, 27103.

Condolences: www.mackiesinclairhawkins.com.