Rhoda Berniece Carpo passed away Oct. 13, 2017, in Unit 6 in Sonora. Rhoda was born Sept. 21, 1918, in Danvers, Illinois, to Millard Rose and Frieda Zook Rose.
Rhoda’s father was a missionary and they lived in China, Canada and the USA. She had memories of her life from the young age of 18 months.
In 1952, the Carpo family moved to Los Angeles from Detroit, Michigan. Rhoda helped support the growing family earning money as a laundress. She ironed for many celebrities in the film industry, including actress Lana Turner In 1968, the family relocated to Columbia, California.
Rhoda worked at The Town House in downtown Sonora in the 1970s and came to know and loved the cast and crew from “Little House on the Prairie.” She was an intelligent, smart woman with common sense. Her personal faith in God showed in her life of love and compassion and generosity to all! She never met a stranger. Rhoda was 100 percent supportive and devoted to her five children. She enjoyed reading fiction, history, and mysteries, baking chocolate chip cookies, traveling, and playing slots at the casino. Rhoda loved life and all it had to offer. She appreciated the little moments of life that we sometimes take for granted
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William E. Carpo; sons-in-law, James Isler and Gary Cox; sisters, Shirley, Dorothy, Bessie, Audrey Holland and Marie Sousa; and her daughter-in-law, Lynn Armour Carpo.
Rhoda is survived by her children, Patricia Isler, of Sonora, Joyce (Russ) Frazier, William A. Carpo, Donald E. Carpo and Kathy (John) Strait, all of Columbia; five grandchildren, Paul (Kary) Cox, of Hawaii, Debbie (Jim) Nelson, of Washington, Diane Banks, of San Andreas, Lorraine (Mark) Bradley, of Yuba City and Brandi Carpo, of Columbia; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Rose; and a special niece, Sandra Behlke, both of Michigan.
No services per her request.