Virginia Mae Rhods
1935 - 2020
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July 18, 1935 ˜ May 3, 2020

Virginia Mae (Putnam) Rhods, 84, passed away peacefully at Manor Care in Vancouver, WA, where she resided on Sun., May 3, 2020. She was born to Elvin Lee and Gertrude Merle (Vancleave) Putnam in Toppenish, WA.
Virginia retired after 35 years as a school bus driver for Vancouver School District. She loved the children and had many friends. She was a member at Vancouver First Friends church where she had many friends.
Virginia will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her children: Linda M. (Rhods) Hawkins, Danny G. Rhods and Scott E. Rhods; 5 grandchildren; and many beloved great-grandchildren.
Her daughter, Cheryl L. (Rhods) Mixer, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held on Sat., May 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Memorial Garden Cemetery, where immediate family only will have a grave side service, with a Memorial to be held at a later date.
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Published in The Columbian on May 10, 2020.
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May 22, 2020
I so enjoyed working with Virginia, she was a delight. I was a newer driver back then in 1995, she was always a positive light on some hard days for me. She also loved to talk about her fishing adventures. She also got me to try growing orchids which I'm happy to say are in
bloom !! ❤ So sorry, for your loss.
May 10, 2020
I have such fond memories of Vicki. She drove the special ed. bus out of Walnut Grove for many years where I was a teacher. She was always so good to, and with, the kids. She, indeed, had a special way about her. One such way was her ability to make friends! We always looked forward to Vicki's bus pulling in and enjoyed the humor and exchange of fellowship that took place.
Tina Henry
May 10, 2020
Amazing lady, with a heart as big as she was! Will be missed by all who knew her. Virginia was a "one of a kind".
Blessings from our house to her family.
Ivan/Judy Crosby
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