Rhoda J. Raymond
Rhoda J. Raymond, age 78, of Joplin, MO, passed away on November 30, 2019, at Joplin Gardens, following an illness.
Rhoda J. Raymond was born on November 6, 1941, in Granby, MO. Her parents were Clarence and Lottie (Martin) Burress. She had two older sisters, now deceased, Audrey Bilbrey and Imogene Kurtz. She graduated in 1959 from Granby High School.
She married Ronald L. Raymond on November 25, 1960, at the First Baptist Church in Granby. They have always resided in Joplin. They have two children, daughter, Autumn Suckow and husband, David, Joplin; and son, Ryan Raymond, Joplin. She was a loving and caring wife and mother.
Rhoda was a fine seamstress and made clothes and costumes for both of her children. The young family spent vacations camping in national and state parks, in many states from east to west coast. In later years she and Ron traveled to many foreign countries. Rhoda enjoyed cooking special big family meals for the holidays. Her great passion was dancing. She met Ron at a Rock-n-Roll dance in Joplin. When Zumba began, she really got into it and made many close friends. She danced with the creator of Zumba (Beto) several times. Rhoda was competitive. She and Ron did many Road Races in several states. She was dearly loved by her family and friends. We will miss her bright smile.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Randy Wilson, minister, will officiate. There will be a private family burial. The visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on December 4, 2019

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Brenda Vance Russell
Dec 04, 2019
I met Rhoda one time while visiting family gravesites in Granby one Memorial Day weekend. We were distantly related on the Burress side. She had a beautiful smile at that time, too, even with her arm in a sling. My sympathy and prayers for the family.