Rhoda Mary Ogborn
April 13, 1927 - May 09, 2017
To know her was to Love her
Born April 13, 1927 in London, England. Passed away peacefully May 9, 2017 in Bothell, WA. Rhoda was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years James E Ogborn. Her Parents Mary and George Long, Brother Don Long, Twin Sister Rita America and Sister Sheila Walter. Rhoda is survived by her children Dan and Sara Ogborn, Susan and Doren Sprague, Julie and Alan Kimball, David and Sue Ogborn, Jim (Jimmy) and Mary Ogborn. Her 13 grandchildren, Jessica and Adam Escobedo, Tonya and Zack Pitts, Shannon and Shane McDowell, Amy Sprague, Dan and Lexie Kimball, Phil and Annalise Sprague, Elizabeth and Thor Loberg, Erin and Derek Stong, Justin Ogborn, Kristi and Matt Ward, Joe Ogborn, Rosie Ogborn, Hannah Ogborn, and 15 great~grandchildren. Nicholas, Linda, Nathaniel, Annalisa, Isaac, Madison, Alexis, Donovan, Daphne, Charlie, Riley, Phoebe, Paycen, Avery and Clara.
Rhoda and her twin Sister to Rita, shared most things. They were named by their Mum’s sister, their Aunt Rose. The girls along with younger sister Sheila and older brother Don were lifelong best friends. Their parents, George Valentine and Mary Amy Long lived in Wimbledon, England, during World War II. The Home remained in their family until the passing of Rhoda’s Brother and his wife Moira.
The summer of 1952, Rhoda met Jim while running to catch a train. Jim a 19-year-old serviceman told Rhoda he was 21. Rhoda a 25-year-old bookkeeper told Jim she was 23. They both had to come clean while applying for their wedding license. Rhoda and Jim were married early the next year, February 7th, 1953.
They lived in England and Moved to America after the birth of their first child Danny. They started off in Ohio where Jim’s Mother and sisters lived, Rhoda having always lived in a big city was ready to move on and since Jim had always wanted to raise his family in Alaska they headed West. Stopping in Seattle to replenish their funds, they fell in love with Seattle and decided to stay.
4 years after the birth of Danny, came Susan, Julie, David and Jimmy. Rhoda worked as an accountant for most of her adult life and frequently made visits back to England. She was a gifted pianist and loved to sing in the church choir. She enjoyed a good party, a long Congo-line, a sing-song around the piano, a little gamble, be it Cribbage or the dice table, a good scotch, a nice Merlot. She had a wonderful life and was a lovely example of her Christian faith. She was raised in the Catholic church and continued to go to mass whenever she was able. She was a prayer warrior. To know her was to Love her.
Funeral Service Wednesday May 17th at 11:00am, at St Luke’s Catholic Church, 322 N 175th St, Shoreline, WA 98133 with a reception immediately following at the church. See the map below. Graveside service at Holyrood Cemetery will be at 1:30 and a party to follow at Scott’s Bar & Grill.