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Obituary: Helen Prout Rhodes

9/23/29 ~ 3/14/03

Helen Prout Rhodes entered into rest Friday March 14, 2003 at her home in Campbell, CA, surrounded by her family.

Helen is survived by her loving and devoted family: husband, Dusty Rhodes; four adoring daughters and their families: Shauna Garzee and her husband Bob; Cindy Griswold and her husband David; Leslie Howley and her husband, Dan; Sally Heinkel; stepson, Steve Rhodes and his wife, Sally. Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, Benton Prout. The light of her life, her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, also survive her. Helen was the sister of Marjorie Johnson of Phoenix, AZ; Marianne Sjostedt of Sacramento, CA; and Rick Gray of Salt Lake City; and the sister-in-law to Peter Prout of Dearborn, MI. She was a very special aunt to 16 nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her many cherished friends.

Helen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where she lived until moving to San Jose in 1965. She has been a long time member of St. Francis Episcopal Church where she has served on the Alter Guild for many years, participated in Franciscans and Stephens Ministry. Helen has been a tireless volunteer in the community, serving over the years with Girl Scouts, Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary, San Jose Symphony and Florence Crittenden. In recent years she has been most active in the San Jose Auxiliary for Stanford Children's Hospital and PEO Chapter AI. Helen served as the president of the Stanford Children's Hospital in San Jose Auxiliary in 2002 and in 1998 was the president of PEO Chapter Al.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life on Friday, March 21st at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA.

In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Helen's lifelong devotion to community service, donations are requested for the San Jose Auxiliary Stanford Children's Hospital, 1362 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125.

Donations may also be made to Pathways Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circ., Suite 135, Mt. View, CA 94040 in recognition of the service they provided to Helen and the community.