Katie Windham Rhodes, 92, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Avanti Memory Care in Covington, La.
She was born in Caile, in 1926, to Ellis Windham and Ellie Barber. She grew up on her family’s farm and graduated from Inverness High School. She was proud to have been co-captain of the championship basketball team her senior year. She married Louis Rhodes in 1945. After military service, Louis and Katie settled in Indianola. They had two daughters, Linda and Debbie. Katie was a member of Indianola Methodist Church and an employee of Lewis Grocer Co. In 1966 Louis and Katie moved to New Orleans. Katie worked as a bookkeeper for a legal firm and a mortgage company. A friend persuaded her to obtain a real estate license. Katie was so successful selling real estate that a part-time job became a full-time career. She became a broker and opened her own company, Rhodes Real Estate. Katie also served for several years as president of the Castle Manor Association. Louis died in 2005, a month before Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane destroyed both her home & her business. Not to be deterred, she relocated to Slidell, La., and worked for Gardner Real Estate until retirement at age 89. Katie was an active member of several Methodist and Presbyterian churches, volunteering as a Sunday school teacher and serving as a board member.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers, V. Ellis and Sidney Windham; and her grandson, Christopher.
She is survived by daughters, Linda Delaney (Joe) and Debbie Rhodes; granddaughter, Debbie Stone (Ed); great-granddaughter, Adelyn Stone; and niece, Jeannette Murphey (Joey).
A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Inverness.
In lieu of flowers, you are requested to make a donation to any church or charity of your choice.