MYRA WILODYNE RHINEHART
Jan. 19, 1925-Sept. 13, 2014
Surrounded by all of her children, Myra Wilodyne Rhinehart went home to her Heavenly Father on September 13, 2014. She was 89 years old.
Wilodyne was born in the Burns community of Smith County, Miss. on January 19, 1925. She was valedictorian of her high school class. She later graduated from Mississippi Southern College -- the date of her graduation happened to be on VJ (Victory in Japan) Day on August 15, 1945. She spoke vividly of going with her parents to downtown Hattiesburg for the victory celebration immediately following her graduation ceremony.
Following college, Wilodyne became a civil servant, working as a Home Demonstration Agent in Poplarville, Miss. She later moved to Laurel, Miss. and served with the Farmers Home Administration (FHA). While at the FHA in Laurel, she met Fletcher A. Rhinehart in 1947, and they married three months later. She and Fletcher went on to have four children: Becky, Beth, Ginger, and Ken. In 1949, the family moved to Waynesboro, Miss. In the 1950s, she was a mother and a home economics teacher at Central School and Clara. Later, she helped her husband run their family business, Rhinehart Feed & Milling Company, which was a prominent fixture in the Waynesboro community for more than 30 years from 1952 to 1983.
Wilodyne believed in supporting church and community, and she instilled this spirit in her children. She was a member of the Fine Arts Club for more than 50 years. She was a charter member of the Chickasawhay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as Regent and as hostess at Rosalie in Natchez. Wilodyne was a member of First United Methodist Church in Waynesboro, and served in many leadership capacities. In fact, on the day before her stroke, she folded church bulletins for the Sunday service.
Wilodyne Rhinehart was preceded in death by her husband Fletcher and her parents Herschel and Myra Muckelrath. She is survived by her brother Winfred Muckelrath and his wife Eugenia of Raleigh, Miss.; daughter Becky Rhinehart of Waynesboro; daughter Dr. Beth Herring and her husband Russell of Waynesboro; daughter Ginger Houston and her husband Tom of Springfield, Va.; son Ken Rhinehart of Hattiesburg, Miss.; granddaughter Kate Gatto and her husband Joey of Arlington, Va.; and Jeff Houston of Arlington, Va.
Those who spoke to her in the last month of her life surely heard about her trip to visit family in the Washington, D.C. area, just one month before her death. She was excited to finally see the World War II Memorial, which was so meaningful to her. She visited her grandchildren, and heard the wonderful news of the upcoming birth of her first great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro at P.O. Box 468, Waynesboro, MS 39367.