Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

October 29, 2013

Audrey L. (McElwee) Rhoads, 85

The Herald-Tribune


Audrey L. (McElwee) Rhoads, 85, Batesville, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at St. Andrews Health Campus, where she had been a resident for nearly two years while being treated for Alzheimer's dementia. 

Born Nov. 25, 1927, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Rhoads Jr.; her grandson, Nicholas Rhoads; and five brothers: Lawrence, Glenn, Dean, Norman and Don; one sister: Jackie; and her parents, John and Mary (Simmons) McElwee.

She is survived by one sister: Eleanor Sanders (husband Al), Grove City, Ohio; two sons: Gregory (wife Christine), Cincinnati, and Gordon (wife Carol), Batesville; four grandchildren: Tonya Zembrodt and Talli Reinert, Florence, Ky., and Casey Rhoads and Josh Rhoads, Batesville; six great-grandchildren: Loranna Cox, Sydney Reinert, Shelby Reinert and LeeAnn Zembrodt, Florence, and Katelyn Rhoads and Ciera Rhoads, Batesville.

She was aunt to Larry McElwee, Worthington, Ohio, John McElwee, Cincinnati, Alyson Sanders, Grove City, Judy McElwee, Cincinnati, Phil McElwee, Hillsboro, Ohio, Doug McElwee, Bainbridge, Ohio, Kerry McElwee and Don McElwee, Sinking Spring, Ohio.

Audrey was a Cub Scout troop and 4-H leader, lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, member of the Eastern Star and church choir, lifelong amateur poet, creative painter, a person interested in crafts and owner of the Gooseberry Craft Shop in Batesville for several years. 

She worked for the Goodyear Atomic Plant, Portsmouth, Ohio, and then Public Service of Indiana, Batesville. Later in life after retirement, she spent several years actively working with organizing, leadership and instruction in the nondenominational Emmaus Walks of Central Indiana.

Audrey was a wonderful and extraordinary mother called Nan Nan. She was often the leader of the pack with the great-grandchildren on vacation and a deeply religious person who liked to say, "There is nothing going to happen today that I and the Lord can't handle together!" We will miss you.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at Sinking Spring Community Church, Ohio, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and the service at 3 p.m. Burial will follow immediately at Pleasant Hill Cemetery there.

The family requests memorials or donations be made to the church. To sign the guestbook, persons may visit