In Memory of

Maxine Rhodes

Full Name: Maxine E. Rhodes
Date of Birth: December 12, 1924
Date of Death: November 2, 2019
November 6, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown
Service Information:
November 6, 2019 - 11:00 AM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown

Lewistown- Maxine E. Rhodes, 94, of Lewistown, passed away at 10:00 AM Saturday November 2, 2019 at Sunset Manor in Canton.

She was born December 12, 1924 in the state of Oregon, the daughter of George and Louise (Pocock) Sponsler. She married Raymond Rhodes on November 21, 1951 at Beardstown. He died July 21, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Allen and Robert Sponsler, and one sister, Mary Lou Sponsler. Survivors include one daughter, Karen (John) Ball of Lewistown, one granddaughter, Leigh (fiancé Brian Farmer) Ball of Lewistown, and one sister, Ruth Sponsler of Collinsville, IL.

Maxine was a 1942 graduate of Lanphier High School where she was valedictorian of her class. She later graduated from Illinois State University, and received her Masters degree from Western Illinois University. She began her teaching career in New Boston for 2 years, before coming to Lewistown High School where she taught Math 38 years, retiring in 1989. She then worked as a permanent substitute teacher and aide for Home Economics before she permanently retired at age 82. She was an active member of the Lewistown First Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school for 50 years. She was a 62 year member of Alpha Lambda Chapter #35 (Delta Kappa Gamma) sorority where she served as past president and recording secretary.

Maxine was known for her love of her family, Math, teaching, kids, shopping, ticket sales, reading mysteries, and her extraordinary elephant collection.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown with Pastor Penny Frame officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lewistown First Presbyterian Church. To view Maxine’s life tribute video or to send condolences visit

To view video tribute click here.
From: Linda GrzanichNov 3 2019 9:50AM
To the family:  I am a former student of Maxine's as well as a Delta Kappa Gamma sister.  She was my freshman science teacher at Lewistown High School.  I saw her several times over the years and thought of her often.  She made a big impact on my life.  Her bubbly personality was infectious to everyone she met.  She will be missed but most importantly she will be remembered forever by those of us who cherished the friendship we had over the decades.  
From: Karen HazzardNov 3 2019 11:34AM
Karen and family. So sorry for your loss.  
From: janie harperNov 3 2019 11:49AM
my deepest sympathy to you and your family-she was a wonderful teacher and role model who thought of you as a person not just a student-now an angel who has the skill to teach heaven residents that math can be fun
From: Lynn TaylorNov 3 2019 12:23PM
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
From: Lorenda Alvin SpilkerNov 3 2019 1:18PM
Our deepest sympathy to Mrs Rhodes family. She was my teacher at LCHS. A great lady, teacher and friend. Always smiling and never knew a stranger. She will be missed but all our memories will live on! God be with Karen & her family.  Lorenda and Alvin Spilker.
From: Warren & Linda HoweNov 3 2019 3:21PM
Karen and Family Maxine was my Geometry teacher during my sophomore year. She taught us that math could be fun and interesting.  I always enjoyed seeing her at our class reunions.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: Tom & Dana FordNov 3 2019 6:40PM
Karen and family---our deepest sympathies to all of you.  Your Mother was a very dedicated person to the youth.  Many many people remember and will remember having her as a teacher and role model for them.  She truly loved teaching as it shows when she taught as long as she was allowed and able.
The number of lives she has touched is to many to count.  
From: Patricia A PotterNov 4 2019 8:24AM
As a good friend of Maxine's sister Ruth, I got to know Max during family celebrations like thanksgiving and Christmas. Maxine loved her family and always stayed current  in knowing what each member was up to.  She tried to help me with math when I was taking GRE exams for graduate school. She was patient, wise, and understanding of someone whose math knowledge was limited!
I will never forget the fun trips with Ruth searching for a new elephant or sweatshirt for Max, it was always an adventure. My condolences to all members of the family. Her energy and spirit will be missed.
From: Dennis DialNov 4 2019 2:26PM
Karen and family, I was so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. My thoughts are with you this week. Aunt Max was truly the smartest and most patient person I’ve ever known. Having three Dial children running around her house on weekend visits in the 1960’s could not have been an easy task. I learned the importance of a raised elephant’s trunk from her and was comforted when she convinced us the basement in that wonderful old house was not haunted. Rest In Peace, Aunt Max.
From: Ann moreno Nov 4 2019 5:46PM
I will really miss you alot I enjoyed takeing care of you...r.i.p. prayers...always be remember never always...ann
From: Debby PowellNov 4 2019 7:41PM
Karen , John , Leigh  and family
So very sorry for your loss
Always enjoyed saying hello to your mom when dad was there
Prayers for all
Wishing you peace, comfort and  loving memories of a wonderful lady .
From: Teresa ProsserNov 4 2019 8:06PM
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts are with you.

Tom and Teresa Prosser
From: Ann Marie MorenoNov 5 2019 12:17AM
From: Mary Hamm Nov 6 2019 10:33AM
She was the best teacher anyone could have
From: Sarah Jane Proctor MooreNov 7 2019 9:17AM
Dear Karen and Family,  I just loved your mother.  She was such a wonderful geometry teacher-the only math I really understood.  She was such a wonderful advisor and mentor to me in high school and her enthusiasm was so infectious.  I would see her at church through the years when visiting Lewistown and I always felt so welcomed by her.  She would always recall when Larry Endres and I were in Barefoot in the Park at the Barn Theatre by saying,  "Remember how you and Larry were so good in Barefoot in the Park!"  long after everyone else had forgotten.  She will always be with you in your memories,  Treasure them,  Sarah Jane
From: Carol Sheets PasleyNov 7 2019 9:33AM
I have many fond memories of Mrs Rhodes from math class (graduating in 76) and then later as she visited my child care center with her students. She was a wonderful teacher and lady.  My condolences to the family.
From: Randall and Belinda Van MiddlesworthNov 9 2019 11:00AM
Karen and family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss.  Your mom was such a nice person and I am so glad I was one of her students.  Belinda Wilcoxen Van Middlesworth
From: Sharon (Nebergall) BossermanNov 11 2019 3:31PM
Karen, my sympathies!  Your mom was loved by many!  I enjoyed being one of her students.  She was a great teacher.  Hugs and prayers for comfort to you and your family!
From: Jody McDonaldNov 11 2019 5:36PM
My husband and I are both former students of Mrs. Rhodes. We are so very sorry for your loss.  Maxine was a wonderful teacher who always had time to make sure everyone "got it."  Always cheerful with a quick laugh, she will be remembered fondly.  And what a legacy she created!  I can't image the number of young lives she influence to continue pursuing their academic and career dreams.  May you be comforted by many warm and loving memories of happy times together.  

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