Rhoda Pauline Willard, 97 of Urbana passed away at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday January 15, 2020 at the home of her caregivers in Homer. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 20 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory, 1900 S. Philo Rd., Urbana with visitation 1 hour prior to service time. Pastor Phil Hanson will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mayview.
Rhoda was born December 9, 1922 in Tulsa, OK the daughter of George and Ruby (Deem) Auld. She married Byron James Willard and he preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Shirley Willard of Urbana, sisters, Mary Dyson of Champaign and Ruby Greenwall of Apache Junction, AZ. She is also survived by grandchildren, Craig Willard and Cory Willard, great grandchildren, Travis, Tyler, Galen, Carson and Kaitlyn, nieces and nephews, Loretta Jones, Loraine Mattox, Donna Maly (Jerry), Carol Hagler (Steve) Bill Ebeling (Deb), Steve Dyson (Suzanne), Gloria Ericson (Jerome), Barbara Schroeder. She is preceded in death by her husband, Byron, son, Robert Willard, sisters, Betty Shaw, Barbara Auld, and Maxine Auld, a brother, Robert Auld, and niece, Sharon Huffman.
Rhoda is a graduate of Champaign Central High School. She retired from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) after 25 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist now known as Quest Church: A Community of Grace in Urbana. Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com
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