Marilyn Sue Rhodes, 83, of Kouts went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 17, 2024. She was born August 20, 1940, in Danville, IL to Albert & Pearl (Sutton) Gritten. Marilyn made her career as a Legal Secretary with Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman in Valparaiso for over 20 years. Teaching children and leading Bible studies at First Baptist Church in Kouts was very meaningful to Marilyn. Enjoying the outdoors with family and friends while reminding them to “always wear a hat” were treasured moments.
On May 27, 1962, she married William G. “Bill” Rhodes who survives along with their daughters, Jyme (Jim) Hager & Joanna (John) Cousins, brother, Albert James (Patti) Gritten, sister-in-law, Sally Gritten, grandchildren; Emily Hager, Justin (Alicia) Cousins, Nathanael Cousins, Seth (Summer) Cousins, Hannah Cousins, Brett (Aubrey) Hager, great-grandchildren, Hudson & Cooper Cousins with a great-granddaughter due in May, and dear friends that became her chosen family, Randy & Traci Yager, Lauren & Branden Kemp, Hunter & Holly Yager and Eric Yager.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Phillip Gritten.
A visitation will be held Thursday 11 am – 1pm at First Baptist Church of Kouts, with funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm and burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery, Kouts. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Kouts, VNA Hospice or the Baptist Children’s Home.


Will always remember Marilyn as being a sweet and godly woman. Praying for you Bill, Jyme, and Joanna and your family to find peace and comfort in sweet memories. In Christ, -Steve and Cathy Aviles

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and the family. -Don & Terri Egli 

Sorry to hear of your loss. Always look forward to seeing her when I was out for my morning and evening walk. Will miss seeing her. May God rest her soul. -Charlotte Miller 

Jyme’s church family at Hillside Wesleyan Church is lifting up the Rhodes family in prayer. May the God of all comfort be near you in this season of grief. May the hope of the eternal reward of Jesus Christ console your hearts. -Nathan Neihof 

My heartfelt condolences she was a wonderful woman of God always had a smile on her face and song on her heart. I seen her about 5 years ago at the library in Kouts I talked to her about her book. -Ron Witkowski 

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