Rhoda Louise Reid (Woodland)

July 15, 1929 to September 7, 2022

Obituary

Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s on September 7, 2022 in the presence of her family, Rhoda Reid. Predeceased by Stanley, her beloved husband of 43 years; her parents, Majors Charles and Dr. Sarah Woodland; three brothers, Wilmore (and wife Maria), Gordon (and wife Lucy), and Bruce; three sisters, Major Alma Hewlett, Cora and Renée; stepson Gerald Reid; brother-in-law Albert (and wife Muriel), sisters-in-law, Minnie Smith (and husband Silas) and Marian LeDrew; nieces, Renée Young and Ruby (Reid) Fitzpatrick; nephews, Bruce Woodland Jr., Tom Hewlett and Ken Moore. Leaving to mourn and to celebrate her life are her four children, Carolyn (Ivan Hynes), David (Trish), Elizabeth (Perry Hynes) and Donald (Joanne); ten grandchildren, Andrew (Alice Brun-Newhook), Adrienne, Natalie, Nadia, Evan, Miriam, Jacob, Sam, Charlie and Sarah, and many nieces and nephews. Rhoda cherished her daily telephone conversations with her dear sister-in-law Edith Woodland and Grace Feltham, her friend of over 80 years.

Rhoda was born in St. John’s at the Salvation Army Grace Hospital.  As the daughter of Salvation Army officers, she moved frequently throughout her childhood, living in various Newfoundland communities including Grand Falls, Grand Bank, Bell Island, Corner Brook and Deer Lake. Rhoda participated in her parents’ ministry as church pianist and organist. Following teaching appointments at Salvation Army schools in St. John’s and Deer Lake, as well as employment as a medical stenographer in St. John’s and Vancouver, she married the love of her life in December 1960.

Rhoda and Stan were devoted to each other and their four children. The Reid home was rich in love, laughter and music. Rhoda and Stan were blessed with the gift of hospitality and many will remember delicious meals served by Rhoda with Stan’s able assistance (often after multiple trips to the grocery store to supply a single meal!). Even weekday family dinners at home always included a homemade dessert, and every holiday meant that the house would be festively decorated in the appropriate colours.  Rhoda and Stan were excellent Rook and Scrabble players, hosting elaborate Rook dinner parties for their close friends. After their children were grown, they played Scrabble together every night – very competitively! Rhoda continued to enjoy playing, and usually winning, Scrabble to the very end of her life, playing two games the day before she went to the hospital.

Rhoda was a natural with young children, both as a classroom teacher and then as Primary Leader at the SA St. John’s Temple for over 25 years.  Every child who attended her Sunday School felt welcomed and special, particularly when sitting on the regal “birthday chair” built by Stan. Rhoda loved being a mother and a grandmother. Her four children and later, her ten grandchildren, were her pride and joy. She had endless patience and unconditional love for each of her grandchildren.

Rhoda had a gracious and elegant presence, often described by others as a “true lady”. She was a woman of strong faith and loved “God and the Army”. She loved to participate in worship and listen to Christian music. Since 2020, she thoroughly enjoyed watching the online services of several Salvation Army and United churches. We rejoice in knowing that she is reunited with loved ones in heaven, singing “If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now!”

Thank you to Dr. Mark Borgaonkar and the nursing staff of the Health Sciences emergency room and 4 North B for providing sensitive and professional care in her last days. Special thanks as well to family physicians Dr. Noreen Fardy and Dr. Amy Sheaves, and Dr. Angelique Myles of the Eastern Health Geriatric Clinic, as well as the staff of TLC Nursing and Homecare Services. We are especially grateful for the loving companionship and care provided by Medina, her beautiful home care worker, in recent months.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army Temple Youth Ministries. Visitation will be at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd., St. John’s on Saturday, September 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Funeral service will be held at the Salvation Army St. John’s Citadel, 25 Adams Ave., Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 pm with interment to follow at the Salvation Army Blackmarsh Rd. Cemetery.

Schedule

Visitations

2-4 p.m. on September 10, 2022

7-9 p.m. on September 10, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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funeral

2:00pm, Sunday September 11th

Salvation Army Citadel, Adams Avenue

Interment to follow in Salvation Army Cemetery, Blackmarsh Road.


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Carolyn, David, Elizabeth and Donald, and family,

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to join you in celebrating Your Mother’s life. Aunt Rhodie was a favourite Aunt. Like a gleaming gem among the stars, such a gentle and loving person is not often found. She reminded us in many ways of her mother, our and your Nanny.. a rare and fit compliment of faith, love and dignity. She loved her brother Bruce as he loved her, and Mom is really missing their daily phone conversations.
We loved Aunt Rhodie, and share in your sadness.. Aunt Rhodie’s passing represents the end of an era but her example lives on. In those fortunate enough to have known her., especially as Mom. Love to all.

Gordon (she found it hard to call me that!), Bonnie, Andrew, Mark, and family.

To The Family:
I have so many lovely memories of your beautiful Mom. She was indeed a very gracious and kind lady. Please accept my deepest condolences. Thinking of you and praying for you during these days.

Elizabeth, I was saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. Condolences to you and your family.

Deepest condolences to you all with the loss of your dear mother. She was such a welcoming and sweet lady.. Much love to you all as I know you will miss her so much..

Carolyn and Family, I was saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember her To be a very kind and gentle Lady. My heartfelt condolences 💕

arolyn, David, Elizabeth and Don,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as you mourn the passing of your mom. Upon hearing of her passing, I started reminiscing and almost immediately The Traveling Wilburys were playing in my brain. I realize that may sound a little odd; however, I vividly remember your mom dancing to one of their tunes as we celebrated together at Don and Joanne’s wedding reception. There was real joy on her face and it was obvious that she could really cut a rug! While that was more than a few days ago, I’m thinking she is now dancing and celebrating on a more Heavenly dance floor!

Take care of yourselves and each other!

Keith

Carolyn & Family:
Saddened to hear of Mom’s passing but know she is happy to be with your Dad once again. She was such a good friend for over 50 years and I will always cherish the memories with her! Be assured of our prayers at this difficult time and in the days ahead.
Our deepest sympathy,
Les & Dolly Sweetapple

Remembering a beautiful lady of great grace and dignity, and a family relationship that extends more than 50 years. Rhoda and Stan were dear friends of our parents and they shared many years of fellowship, especially at those legendary Rook parties! Much love and prayerful support to the entire family as you celebrate and remember a life well-lived.

The Compton Family

Carolyn, Ivan and family,
I was saddened for you when I heard of the passing of your beloved mother, but not for her, as she has been reunited with so many that she loved who preceded her. To be ushered into the presence of the King of Kings is a wondrous thing. Be assured of my love and prayers as you gather to celebrate a gracious, intelligent and godly woman who influenced so many. God bless you all, Marilyn

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Reid’s passing. She was a beautiful lady. Be assured of our prayers for the family during these difficult days!

Dear Cousins, How I love your sweet mother! She was like a second mother to me. She always made me feel so loved & special in all that she did and said. She was so generous & kind; gracious & encouraging. I loved when our families spent vacations together & when our moms would laugh together. I could go on but you’ve heard it from others. She loved you all with every fiber of her being. Celebrate her knowing she lived & loved well.

Our sincere condolences to the Reid family on the passing of your dear Mother. She was such a lovely lady and both our families appreciated her friendliness and kindness at the Temple.

Rhoda’s family thinking of you at this sad time.

You were blessed with loving parents and your many memories will give you comfort and peace. We were lifelong friends and neighbors and enjoyed many interesting chats Surely a life well lived.

We are so glad that we got to spend time with Rhoda this summer! She was everything you said and more! We always look forward to visiting your family when we are in St. John’s and will miss her very much! Hugs to all!

Dear Dave, Carolyn, Elizabeth and Don, My deepest sympathies to you all. I have many fond memories of your lovely mother. She and your father were so generous in welcoming me into their home one long ago summer! She lived a beautiful life filled with so much love. I know how much you will miss her – may your time together reminiscing and celebrating her life bring you comfort and peace.

Carolyn, Ivan and all the family: I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Reid’s passing, she was a special lady.

Carolyn & family, we are so sorry to hear of Rhoda’s passing , she was such a sweet & gentle soul. I enjoyed her phone calls, & she delighted in watching Jim puttering around outside, if she didn’t see him for a few days she woulld be sure to call to make sure he was okay. She will be missed.

To the Reid Family; Carolyn, David, Elizabeth and Donald…my memories of your mom ‘Rhodie’ as we called her, were from my earlier years. Uncle Stan and Rhoda with you guys in tow, would visit Dildo, Uncle Stan’s hometown, and that day was a stellar day. Your family always brought joy to the Reid household. A wonderful life well lived. Hold fast to your memories.
Sharing your sadness, Cousin Doreen (Reid) Hounsell.

To Don and Joanne and extended family, so sorry to hear of your loss. No matter our age it is so hard to lose a parent.! Thinking of you,
Gillian Janes and family

To Carolynn and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a kind and gentle woman and possessed such loving energy. I will deeply miss her witty attitude at the salon. I loved hearing all her stories she shared about her life and family. She loved you all so very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

My mother (Eileen Peat) and Rhoda were life-long friends, starting in early childhood years, who kept in regular contact until Mom’s passing in 2020. Relatively recently, in 2010, they were even able to share the experience of attending the Oberammergau Passion Play. While my parents were ‘stationed’ in St. John’s, our families joined for dinners and other gatherings on many occasions.

As a result of our continued family connection, Dave Reid and I have been close friends since our teenage years, including while both residing in Calgary for decades!

My mother really appreciated frequent phone conversations with Rhoda, especially since retirement while living in BC. After Mom’s passing, I was personally able to engage in a number of calls with Rhoda. She was an amazing, caring woman and positive influence, who will be missed by many.

Thoughts and best wishes are with Rhoda’s family, especially at this time.

To the Reid family,
I have many fond memories of your mother. I was one of her primary Sunday School kids that could not wait for my turn to sit in the birthday chair and see it light up. In fact it is something that I have copied in many locations throughout our own ministry. She was always a great encourager and frequently enquired about my ministry.
She lived her faith daily and served her Saviour well. She is now present with her Lord and reunited with those who have gone before her.
Well done thou good and faithful servant of God

My condolences to the family! Mrs. Reid was my Gr. 2 teacher at the SA Mundy Pond school in 1955. She was a great teacher and lovely lady. I have fond memories of her taking me to her home on Springdale St. for lunch, meeting her parents and letting me play with her walking doll, which was almost as big as I was, at 7 yrs. She taught us cleanliness is next to Godliness, especially when it came to clean hands and fingernails, two of the things you had to maintain in her class. (and I still do to this day). May you Rest In Peace ‘Miss Woodland’ (as you will always be to me). The world has lost a sweet and gracious soul.
Respectfully yours,
Linda Payne Lythcott Graham

My deepest condolences. She is and always will be an amazing person. If I may describe her in one word… lady! She is a proper lady with a joyful disposition. I will remember her kindness, beautiful songs and her smiles!

My thoughts and prayers are with her family, as her missed presents will be recognized but she will never be forgotten.
XO

To the Reid family,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. I remember your Mom as a beautiful, kind, welcoming, and always smiling precious soul. God be with you as you mourn her loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I have fond memories of all of us growing up together on Donegal Place. Take care

My Aunt Rhodie was an amazing person. She was the definition of love. Although many miles separated us, she was always in our thoughts and hearts. She will be missed but is now with her sister, my mom. Scrabble on!

So sad to hear of Rhodie’s passing. She was a great dame and so very kind every time I saw her. She was a much loved aunt to her ”Chuckie dear”. I loved our phone chats. She will be greatly missed..

To Don,Joanne and family,
Sending our deepest condolences on the passing of your precious mom.You and your family are in our thoughts