Marlene Rhoe, 88, was a smart and caring, mother, grandmother and trusted friend. She passed away in Layton, Utah.
Marlene was born in Roosevelt, Utah in 1933. After high school, she left Roosevelt and moved to Ogden to study at Weber State College. To address a national nursing shortage, Weber was one of seven schools nationwide to be selected to conduct an associate degree for nursing education in 1953. Marlene earned her RN in the program as a member of its first graduating class. She worked as a nurse in several military hospitals for many years until her daughter Kelley was born. Later, her professional interests turned to library science, and she earned a Master of Library Science degree from Brigham Young University. She was a librarian at Clinton Elementary, Merced County Library California, and Weber State University.
Marlene met Ralph Rhoe at a USO dance – they married in 1955. Marlene and Ralph enjoyed their time together and lived the longest season of their marriage in Layton Utah, where they both retired and flourished in local neighborhood friendships and family life.
Marlene was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and always had an appreciation for the sisterhood ideals espoused by the church’s Relief Society.
Together with Ralph, they were practicing good Samaritans in their leisure travels and with their friends and family. Marlene loved to read and discuss literature. Recently, she enjoyed membership in a neighborhood book club that met regularly to discuss a book, chat about life and sample a treat or two. And she loved dogs - a pup was near her side for most of her life.
Marlene and Ralph have a daughter, Kelley Rhoe-Collins (David L. Collins), and two grandchildren Savannah Blue Gordon (James) and Carolina Lee Williams (Clinton).
Marlene is survived by her sisters Deloris, Ina, Hazel, Laura and Margaret.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, parents William Durell Fredrickson and Francis Deloris Howell, brother Keith, unnamed infant daughter and son Steven Lee.
A family graveside service by invitation will be held at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park.
Thank you to Encompass Hospice and Fairfield Village for their thoughtful and professional care.