Rhoda Rosalie Ambrosia Hargrave, 85, of Hendersonville passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Carolina Village Medical Center.
A native of Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Basil Ambrosia and Gertrude F. Lebenz.
As the wife of a United States Army Chief Warrant Officer, Rhoda and her family resided in Germany, New Jersey, Taiwan, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. She worked for Prudential Insurance for three years, Jensen Manufacturing for seven years and then retired from Belding Corticelli (a thread manufacturer) after fifteen years where she held positions as an Insurance Clerk and the Clerk of Production. In each community, Rhoda became involved in a Lutheran Church, created cook books, led Women’s Bible Studies and made sure her children could participate in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth groups and Lutheran Camps.
Rhoda was known for her servant heart and was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville where she was an active volunteer in the office, the choir, a leader in Women of the ELCA, church council, hospitality team and taught adult Sunday School. She was a meal coordinator for “Feed the Kids”, a program for school children with food insecurity. Rhoda drove for FISH, providing transportation for dialysis patients and sewed lap robes, blankets and quilts for Project Linus and Lutheran World Relief. Rhoda’s fondest hobbies were making old things new again, by sewing pieced quilts and cardmaking with a group at Carolina Village.
She is survived by her children, Linda (Robert) McElroy Thomas, David McElroy, Sherry (Dan) Carson, and Donna (Jamie) Hoch; grandchildren, Joshua (Emilee) Hall, Michael (Hillary) Hall, Alec Hoch, Trevor Hoch, Flor Hernandez, Khadija ElKaroodi, Danny Carson, Bradley Carson, Bethany (Aaron) Murfin; great-grandchildren, Brea Hall, Weston Murfin, Lucas Hall, Annie Hall, Avery Hall, and Sutton Murfin. She is also survived by her brother, Joseph Ambrosia; sister, Sandra (Peter) Campbell; and brother Michael (Jane) Ambrosia; sister-in-law, Col. Eleanor Wilson (USMC, Ret.); and many other relatives and friends.
A service to celebrate Rhoda’s life will be held at a later date. She blessed the lives of so many people and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, NC 28791 or to the ELCA Hunger Appeal, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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