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Pauline Rhodes

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GILFORD — Pauline Rhodes, 73, of 1032 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Lakes Region General Hospital on after a long illness.

She was born in Laconia Feb. 27, 1932, the daughter of Lionel and Delima Snow. She graduated from Laconia High School in 1950 and never stopped expanding her knowledge of the world around her. She quietly held an amazing bank of knowledge on many subjects. Having attended Sacred Heart Elementary School, she was quite fluent in French.

Polly, as friends and relatives knew her, was an avid skier and spent several seasons as a timer for the Businessmen's Ski Races at Gunstock.

She and her husband Fred loved to hike and pick blueberries at the top of Gunstock, or go cellar-hole digging for artifacts with friends. Every summer she and Fred looked forward to canoeing on the Pemi, the Baker, and the Winnipesaukee rivers. She enjoyed searching for rocks and minerals and then displaying them in her flower beds. She loved flowers and herbs and could identify just about anything growing.

One of her greatest passions was watercolor painting, of which she completed an impressive collection of beautiful floral subjects. Many of her paintings received first-prize awards in art shows. She was one of the founders of the original Artists Loft at the Belknap Mill in the early to mid-1980s. She also worked with pottery and stained leaded glass, leaving behind many beautiful pieces.

Of her, her family wrote, "Her friends and family will remember her for her generosity, her honest kindness, and her most wonderful sense of humor. One can't help thinking of her without having a slight chuckle. She'll be missed so much by so many."

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Frederick Rhodes of Gilford; a brother, Robert Snow of Belmont; several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours.

Instead of flowers, it is asked that donations be made to the American Lung Association of New Hampshire.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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