Elizabeth Pitzer Rhodes, 86, who worked as a substitute teacher and part-time with the Justice Department until retiring in 1976,
died Oct. 17 of complications of diabetes at her home in Laurel.
She was born in Gerrardstown, W.Va., and grew up in Washington. She graduated from the old Central High School in 1939
and four years later from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg.
Mrs. Rhodes began her career as a home economics teacher at Lincoln High School in Purcellville. She married Edgar
Rhodes, an Army second lieutenant, in 1945.
She accompanied him when he was posted to post-war Japan from 1946 to 1952. They were stationed at Fort Holabird in
Baltimore before living in Aschaffenburg, Germany, from 1955 to 1958.
After returning to the Washington area, Mrs. Rhodes resumed working as a substitute. She was often first on the call-in list, said
a daughter. In 1963, she also began working for the Justice Department.
Mrs. Rhodes and her husband took a two-month vacation in 1983 and toured the United States to visit family members and
friends from their Army career. Her husband died in 2006.
Over the years, Mrs. Rhodes enjoyed family camping trips, flower gardening, canning fruits and vegetables, playing bridge and
the occasional trip to Pimlico racetrack. Two of her favorite pastimes, however, were reading Danielle Steele novels and
sneaking Dove dark chocolates.
She was a member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia for more than 40 years.
Survivors include three children, Sherrin Greenlaw of Silver Spring, Carol Metzer of Laurel and David Rhodes of Baltimore; a
brother, Harry Martin Pitzer Jr. of Richmond; and three grandchildren.
-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb