Barbara Joan (Miller) Rhodes was born on 12 May 1928 in Morgan, Utah to William Peterson and Katherine (Katy) Rock Miller. She lived the first three years of her life in Wyoming, and then after her mother died, returned to Morgan to live with her grandparents and her brother, Peter. She was educated in the Morgan School District where she was active in music and the school paper. She was editor of the yearbook, and graduated in 1946. She later attended WSU.
Barbara married George Forest “Bud” Rhodes in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on 23 August 1946. They lived in Milton, Utah, and raised their family there.
As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served as a teacher in auxiliary organizations, junior Sunday school coordinator, counselor in the young women organization, relief society president, ward and stake librarian, and ward historian. Barbara also served as scribe for Patriarch Rhodes.
She was a gifted poet, whose poems uplifted and inspired those who read them.
Her greatest joy came from being with Bud, their family and extended family, whether working in the house and yard, hiking and picnicking, camping, fishing, or visiting with others. She loved birthday and summer get-togethers.
She is the mother of six children: George and Joan Rhodes of Fort Collins, CO; Ryan Rhodes and Drew Herron of Los Angeles, CA; Rand and Teresa Rhodes of Evanston, WY; JillAnn and Dwight Israelsen of North Logan, UT; Ted Rhodes of Alpine, WY; and Suzanne and Steven Earnshaw of Orlando, FL. She has 18 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. Barbara is survived by three sisters: Anna Hill; Susan (Don) Barker; and Meridee Mowry and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her wonderful husband, George “Bud” Rhodes; her parents; brother, Peter Miller and wife, Caroline Rich Miller; sister, Nadine Miller; brother in laws, Jerry Hill and John Mowry, and her granddaughter Tiffany Roberts.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 28, 2023 at 1 p.m. at the Milton Ward Chapel. A viewing will be held from 11:30 to 12:45 prior to the services. Interment will be at the Milton Cemetery.