Yolanda Kay Rhodes

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 1950
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, January 17, 2021

On Sunday January 17, 2021, Kay Rhodes, loving wife, mother and Nana passed away at age 70.  Kay was an only child, born March 15, 1950 in Lexington, KY to Nick and Dollie (Colosimo) Domino.  She grew up in Winchester, KY and attended Saint Agatha Academy.  Kay went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Education (English) from the University of Kentucky.  She was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority where she served as Rush Chairman and Vice President. On January 8, 1972 she married Tom Rhodes.  They had 2 children, Nikki (Rob) Kehres and Brad (Renchell) Rhodes.  She had 5 grandchildren: Tatum, Ryder, Mason, Kellan and Ashlyn.  She taught at Conkwright Middle School in Winchester, Smith Middle School in Chillicothe and retired from Edgewood Middle School in Wooster, where she taught 7th grade Language Arts..

Kay was a lifelong Kentucky Basketball fan.  Her kids knew if they had friends over during a game there would be lots of screaming at the tv happening.  She was an amazing cook, and always made enough for a small army.  You never left her house hungry or without “to go” bags.  She cherished the role of Nana more than anything.  She loved every one of them so much and enjoyed attending their sports and plays.  Kay was a planner, a trait her family joked about because her children didn’t inherit that at all.  She always had presents bought and wrapped before anyone else even thought about shopping.  Kay loved starting traditions with her grandkids.  Every Halloween and Christmas the kids got matching pajamas (before matching pajamas were even a thing!). Her local grandkids went on outings to Baylor Beach and out on the Pontoon Boat, while her California grandkids had lots of Facetimes and vacations with her..  She was a huge dog lover, and her “grand-dogs” could do no wrong.

Kay was preceded in death by her father Nick and her mother Dollie.  She is survived by her loving husband Tom of 49 years, who stood by her side throughout her almost 5 year battle with cancer, her two children and 5 grandchildren who will all miss her beautiful smile dearly. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 21, 2020 from 5-8:00 p.m.  at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.  Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster with Rev. Stephen Moran officiating.  It will be livestreamed on our funeral home facebook page at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in the Wooster Cemetery. 

Kay asked that donations be made to Tracy’s Paws Rescue, PO Box 849, Hondo, Texas, 78861.  She enjoyed watching all of the stories of rescued pets shared on Facebook.

She also wanted to extend a special thank you to all of her oncology doctors and nurses at the Cleveland Clinic in Wooster, especially Dr. Paul Masci.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.


Memorial Contributions: 

Tracy's Paws Rescue, PO Box 849, Hondo, TX 78861


Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 5-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home


Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.  Service will be livestreamed on our facebook page.


My deepest sympathy to the Rhodes Family. Kay has been a dear friend for many years. I will always keep her memory in my heart.

We will greatly miss our long-time friend, Kay. Memories of our being neighbors in Kentucky way back in the early 70’s and our many vacations together remind us of the good times. To all the Rhodes family, our deepest condolences. We will all miss Kay very much.

So very sorry for your loss . Kay was a dear friend to many, Prayers for you all during this sad time.

I am so sorry to hear about Kay's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. She was a wonderful person and a great friend to everyone who knew her.

Tom - I am so sorry for your loss. It was always a delight to get Kay's Christmas card every year and year about your adventures. I knew of her treatments, but not to what extent. I hope your kids and grandkids are a great support to you now. My thoughts and prayers are with you now.

Prayers are coming from me to my cousin Tom and his family that is grieving at this time of mourning. My sister Carolyn just informed me of Kay’s passing. We have not been in touch for many years but your memories when we were kids in Owensboro still are fondly in my memory and I think of you often, the good old days when life was so much simpler. God bless, your cousin, Jeff

Tom, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family. God Bless

So sad and sorry for your loss. Kay was a sweet person and friend. She will be missed. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Am so sorry to hear of Kay's passing g. She was a very special lady. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Dear Tom and family, I was so sad to hear about Kay. She was such a kind, funny and lovely lady. She was always so positive and fought a hard battle with grace. I enjoyed hearing about the kids and your trip to Italy. Prayers for you and your family.

Kay was so much fun. My mom, who also passed with cancer, loved working with her as did I several years later. She was a fabulous teacher who truly cared about the students. She fought hard, but is now without pain. Unfortunately, your pain is still here. Prayers for comfort & strength now & in the days ahead. God Bless.

My sincerest sympathies to Kay's family. As a teaching colleague, I will always remember her positive outlook and enthusiasm.

Dear Tom and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Kay's passing. May her memory be a blessing. Sending our sincerest condolences.

We will miss our sweet friend and all the fun times we had. Love to Tom and family.

Tom and family Scott and I are so sorry for your loss. We're keeping you in our thoughts.

To the Kay Rhodes family , I am sad to learn that Kay has passed away. I worked with her at EWMS and she was a very good teacher. She was very dedicated and enjoyed the children that she taught. I wish your family the best during this difficult and emotional time.

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