Mother of Susan Unthank Passes Away

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Rhoda Marie Favre, mother of Susan Unthank ( passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. CST.  Rhoda peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus the day before her 72nd birthday.

Susan Unthank said, “This has been a very difficult holiday season for our household as my husband, Deon, lost his father and aunt earlier this month.  While death is never an easy thing to grasp or come to grips with – we are so very thankful that my Mother is now worshipping her Savior whom she faithfully served for many years.  My mother suffered from Muscular Dystrophy her entire life – so we rejoice in knowing that not only does she have her mind back – but she is able to run on those streets of gold!”

Rhoda was born on December 28, 1937 in East St. Louis, IL. Rhoda founded the vibrant children’s ministry, Rhoda & Friends, in the 1970s.  It was an outreach ministry for children of all ages featuring groundbreaking puppetry and skits.  The ministry spanned over three decades and touched thousands of lives. She was a faithful member of Trinity Faith Tabernacle in Smithville, IL for many years.

Rhoda is survived be her husband of 52 years Kenneth Favre, two daughters, Susan (Deon) Unthank, of Nashville, TN and Jan (John) Meehan, of Belleville, IL, a son, Keith Favre of Belleville, IL.  Rhoda had three grandchildren, Scott Bandy, Amy Marie Unthank, and Christopher Unthank.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at Valhalla-Garerdner Holton Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at the funeral home with Reverend Mike Biekert officiating.

Memorial donations can be made in Rhoda’s honor to the Muscular Dystophy Association or The Alzheimer’s Association.