Doris Rhodefer Story – A touch of Doris Rhodefer’s life.


A touch of Doris Maxine (Truitt) Rhodefer’s life.

On March 24th, 1918 in the small village of Darlington, Missouri in Gentry County, a beautiful baby girl was born to a happy ready-made family, father Joseph Weldon Truitt, mother Ollie May Cole Truitt, and two siblings, the oldest sister Georgia Idabel and older brother Joe Jr. When Doris was 9 months old, the family moved to the town of Moberly, Missouri, in Randolph County.

There Doris graduated from Moberly High School, went to Junior College, including cosmetology school until she decided it wasn’t for her.

  • ENTERTAINS FOR DAUGHTER. Mrs. J.-W- Truitt, 1214 Franklin street, entertained Monday afternoon jn honor of the twelfth birthday of her daughter, Doris. N The evening was spent in playins games In which Wilma Jacoby and Ileen Turner won prizes. Refreshments’ were served. Those present were Sarah and Mar- .··* tha Lloyd, Wilma Jacoby, Ileen and s?/’ Mary Ruth Turner, Aly Mae Yarns, ** V’Martha Miller. GoUHne BiermaTi, ^Jeanne Boss, Mildred Noel, Martha ‘Sue Hackett, Collette Swinney, Louise Gaines, Martha Greasley, Mary Edith Lynch, Georgia Truitt and Doris Truitt.
  • Moberly Monitor-Index 26 Mar 1930 Mrs. J. W. throws birthday party for daughter Doris

ENTERTAIN AT PARTY ‘ Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Lynch e;’ c-n Tuesday afternoon from · “‘clock at thciT home on 1 street in h o n o r of the cleveij, ‘·”-y of their daughter. Ma t t H.-iIloween decorations were . ·-i dining room table. Games and Miss Georgia Tr g d misted Mrs. Lynch in serving ^ tt ; m e n is. Prizes were won by e f res y[. Lang and Martha “Sue Hackct vil | ia|[ present were Ilecn pon.-ild Lynch, Louise Giiines’r tl Holbrook, Mary Ruth : is Truitt, Doris Bowers, .”Yortcm, Martini Miller, Dori Ci’i’rttc Swinncy, WiiJiam Lan Boss, Jo; Truitt, Ralph B r Martha Sue Hackett, Teddy §. G o l d i n e Bierman, Mnrth.i G, Lcrry Lynch, and Mary Editli Irene Applcmaa ,,,,. Edith MlSi ,secl .term an f Gaines,

Moberly Monitor-Index 01 Nov 1929

(Newspaper Moberly Monitor-Index, 30th, October 1934, Doris and Joe Truitt attend birthday party.)

Pg 2

She worked for Woolworth a short while, then went to work for Mattingly’s dime store in the candy department, mainly because Joe her brother was manager there. After a while the store owner was complaining to Doris about talked and having too much fun with the customers when she was working behind the soda fountain, so she left. Later the owner asked her to come back cause she was good for business, except Doris already had other plans.

In 1938 she met her future husband, Charles Albert Rhodefer, at a little nightclub in Macon.  After dating about 2 years they married in 1940.

WABASH Walter dine, brakeman, Clifton Hill, admitted yesterday. Albert F”. Robinson, brakeman, Moberly; admitted today. SGT. JOE W. TRUITT ARRIVES OVERSEAS Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Truitt, Sr., 1214 Franklin street, received word Monday from the War Department that their son, Sgt. Joe W. Truitt, has .arrived safely at an overseas destination. From Moberly Newspaper Dec. 9th, 1942

During the third year living in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Doris was 5 months pregnant with her son, and when they learned Charles, was drafted in the Corps of Engineers.

Military Service

Military serial#: 37721066
Enlisted: September 3, 1943 in Ft Leavenworth Kansas
Military branch: No Branch Assignment
Rank: Private, Selectees (enlisted Men)
Terms of enlistment: Enlistment For The Duration Of The War Or Other Emergency, Plus Six Months, Subject To The Discretion Of The President Or Otherwise According To Law

Middle name Albert Surnames Rhodefer family history

Ethnicity White, Citizen Gender Male

She return to Moberly to stay with her parents, while more life changes happen in the year of 1943.

Pg 3

J. E. RHODEFER DIES IN SLEEP Body Found at Home After Two Days’ Absence From Work James Everett Hhodefer, 53, an employe for 21 years of the, Croit Machine Shop, · was. found : dead in bed about 9 o’clock this morning at his home, 301 Halleck street,where he lived alone. Mr. Rhodefer, who apparently was in good health, did not report for work yesterday and when he again, did not report this morning, a fellow employe, Kelly Farrell, Oe- came alarmed and telephoned Joe Truitt, lather-in-law of one of Mr. Rhodefer’s : sons. The two men went to the Rhodefer home ana gained entrance through a’basement door. They found Mr. Rhodefer lying on his left side with the’ bedclothes pulled neatly around his shoulders as if he were only asleep. He apparently had died in his-sleep. Mr.. Rhodefer had been/known to be ill’ only a few days while working both in the day time In the Craft Shop and at night as an instructor in the machine department of the War, Training School at the Junior College. A few days; rest at that time-had restored his usual health. He is survived by two sons, J. E. Rhodefer, Jr., of Chester, 111., and Charles Rhodefer of Camp Beale, Cal.; a brother, Malcolm Rhodefer of St. Louis; his aged mother, Mrs. Nora A. Rhodefer or Kirksville; and a granddaughter. Mrs. Rhodefer died when the two sons were babies and Mr. Rhodefer had reared them. The “body ‘has been taken to the Mahan Funeral Parlors, and funeral arrangements, will be made later

Moberly Monitor-Index Thursday October 28, 1943

Junior High Class sets New Record, 210 Ninth Graders exceed last year’s freshman by 26

Carson Perkins, Marian Perry, George Poe, Elwood Porter, Billy Ragsdale, Martha Ralston, Charles A- Rhodefer,

Moberly Monitor-Index 1931 – September 10, 1931

Charles completed his stint in the military service. Branch of Service when completed

107th combat Infantry, he entered service September 24, 1943 at Leavenworth military base, Kansas,

the completion date January 5th, 1946, at Jefferson Barracks Station Hospital in Missouri.

His rating Technician Fourth Grade (abbreviated as T/4 or TEC4) was one of three United States Army technician ranks established on January 8, 1942, during World War II. Those who held this rank were often addressed as Sergeant. Technicians possessed specialized skills. These skills could be directly related to combat, They were non-commissioned officers, as were sergeants. Initially, they shared the same insignia but on September 4, 1942, the three technician ranks were distinguished by a block “T”.

Pg 4

(Moberly Monitor – Index 04 Nov 1939 Doris Truitt to visit brother Joe in Texas)

Doris, Ron and Charles settled in Kansas City, Charles worked with TWA, short for Trans World Airlines and retired after 34 years of service. Profession Machinists

 The State Historical Society of Missouri

TWA Skyliner Magazine, 1980-10-27

Ninety TWA retirees, led by Seniors president Jerry Condon and his wife Rita, toured
Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon in September. Among
them were eight from overseas, including international chapter president Francis
Degioanni. All were struck by the awesome beauty of each park and they gave high
marks to TWA Services, Inc., which oversees accommodations and other visitor
services in all-three parks for the National Park Service.
William D. Root, MCl, Oct. 1 (15)

Charles A. Rhodefer, MCl, Nov. 1 (34)

Crafford 0. York, MCI, Nov. 1 (24)

Pg 5

During those years, Doris held the position of homemaker, wife, mother, and worked part time when she wanted too. She worked during Ron’s grade/elementary school years in the school kitchen where she learned how to cook for large groups of people. She volunteered to help the school nurse and worked in a dress shop.


1966 Radio Amateur Callbook

After Charles retired and Ron was grown and on his own, they bought a trailer 17′ long and traveled about the United States. When Charles health began to fail, Doris took the lead, sold there home and came to Redding to be close to Ron.

River Oaks became their home for six years yet Charles health failed even more, soon Charles lived at Applewood next door for sometime until he met the Angels. His brass plate reads U.S. Army, World War II Korea, he was very proud of his country.

Doris continued to be very active at River Oaks, she was and is an avid reader, leading the exercise class, occasionally calling Bingo, luncheon outing and her favorite lunch is a cheeseburger, no tomato, onion, lettuce, or ketchup.

In her early ninety’s she recovered from breast cancer, later leading to a fall, and luckily Ron was visiting that afternoon. During the period of recovering from short-term memory lost, she writes in a little note-book she keeps by her side of everyday event, to help her remember. Her long-term memory is outstanding. 

Later, She recovered from seven months of shingles. During daily care for Doris her daughter-in-law and son signed up immediately for shingle vaccination.

Today Doris is a resident Shasta View Estate, Weed, California, she dresses herself, sets her cloths out the evening before, she knits, keeps a journal, plays word search, goes to Walmart, outing to Mt. Shasta for Bingo and Lunch.  Strolls, wins candy at  in house Bingo and other board games, (since money can not be exchanged) also  sings in group events, watch a good movie, keeps up with new events by visiting while getting a perm and/or a manicure or pedicure.

Most of all Doris says she is 98% of the time in good spirits, she eats good, the home here serves a good meal, she loves being spoiled and loves the girls, their all like family.

On March 24th, 2018 at 1200am or 0001. military time Doris Maxine Rhodefer becomes 100 years of age. Doris enjoys telling her stories of youth, family and friends.

I thank the newspaper Moberly Monitor-Index, La Plata Home Press, Radio Amateur Callbook, The State Historical Society of Missouri, Ancient Faces, her son Ron Rhodefer, and most of all Doris M. Rhodefer, one of her cute sayings is “I like a good story with a happy ending,” then after a moment passes she then presents a big smile.




(I am sorry for any misspelling on my part.)

Pg 6

More newspaper articles

Tech. Sgt. Joe Truitt Arrives at New York Tech. Sgt. Joe Truitt. son oi Mr. and Mrs. Joe W. Truitt, 320 East Logan street, arrived at! New York Friday aboard the Queen Mary’and left there Sunday for San Antonio, Tex. He will go from there to Cleburn, Tex., where his wife and 2-year- Hnd-9-month-old son live. He will see his son for the first time Member of the 67th General Hospital staff. Sgt. Truitt was In England 34 months. He and his family will come here later.

Publication: Moberly Monitor-Index i Location: Moberly, Missouri
Issue Date: Tuesday, October 2, 1945 Page 5
The Josephine Ward Circle met in the home of Mrs. J. W. Truitt. Thirteen members attended. Mrs. William Nulf led the pro- j g r a m and Mrs. Martha McCuI- Bowling Green High School and ther o u g h g a v e lhe devotional. Publication:

Moberly Monitor-Index i Location: Moberly, Missouri Issue Date: Saturday, January 9, 1954
Page: Page 3
The ones from a disance who at- tenaeo. me lunersi oi . iu- u. Rowan Tuesday were Airs, cnanes Rhoadafer. Mrs. Everett Rhoadater of Milwaukee, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. George Cole, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wilson of Ft. Madison, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Trultt. Mrs. Charley Lynch and Miss Mattle Harmon of Moberly, Mr. and Mrs. Harry ruoie ot mar- ‘ cellne. MRS. W COLE ROW EN Mrs. Ida Cole Rowen died at :15 o’clock Saturday night on her 8Zna birthday at the home of her daugh- ter, Mrs. Joe Trultt. 1214 Franklin St.. Moberly ,Mo. She had been 111 two years and bedfast tour weeks, Besides the daughter, she Is vived by two sons. Ceorge W. Cole of Fort Madison. Iowa and Clifford Cole of San Joe. Calif., a step- daagbter. Mrs. Cstherlne Leedom of Los Anaeles: five crandchildren and five great grandchildren, three sis- ters. Mrs. Lain B. Haines. Mrs. Lrnn Whltmore, Mrs. Sam Rondall and ‘one brother, Bert Publication:

La Plata Home Press i Location: La Plata, Missouri Issue Date: Thursday, December 10, 1942 Page 1



Birth of Jesus Foretold


Luke 1:26-38New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Merry Christmas and the Best of the coming Year

Peace and Blessings

Veterans Day: Never Once


I do not know what nightmare you had gone through

I do not know how lonely you felt time to time

Never once did you share your sorrow

Never once


Yet, I do know you were proud to live in your home country

I do know you left your family to go to battle

I do know it spared us from sorrow

Keeping the nightmare of war away


We, our families are grateful for  freedom,

the men, women, you, brother, sister, and our ancestry

lay before us

Unknowing what it took during those hours


We thank you for waking to a bomb-less morning

We thank you to the surrounding life of peace

Never once did you share your sorrow

Never once


Malia Plevney

98 years and counting


“Born March 25, 1918” Doris Rhodefer would quote to me very proudly as she sits tall in her chair, and like a queen she would scan the room to see whom was listening insuring herself she had an audience.


Unknowing to her she did, all will be revealed after lunch when she return from Mt Shasta Resort.


Her birthday greeting started early when she woke up, a purple balloon tied to her walker, with a huge Happy Birthday pin to the entry door of her room. As we enter the front entry doors of Shasta View Nursing Center, held in hand was a bouquet of balloons, a bouquet of flowers, and greeting birthday cards for her to enjoy reading while waiting for lunch to be served, which her favorite is a hamburger well-done with American cheese, no onions and pickles, also french fries and coke over ice.


The day was busy at the nursing center, resident seniors were decorating eggs for the Easter egg-hunt coming up in a day and a half, volunteers and employee meetings, visitors visiting family members coming and going.


Yet, no matter how busy the resident staff was, many of them took a moment to wish Doris a Birthday greetings…which made her special day last into the evening.


Happy Birthday Doris Rhodefer!



Do not fear


Do not fear, for I am with you,
Isaiah 41:10.

For myself, this little statement is lost during those sad moments
when I am in my own self pitty party.  These pitty party’s can last for minutes, hours or even days depending the deep and how long it takes me to let go of the happening, event or sorrow that occurred.

The fear of not knowing or understanding are mostly the set-backs, specially when good intentions was to help others and the unexpected happens.

Prayers, meditation, stress release of deep breathing may help the body and mind for short moments, yet the emotion has to-be overcome.

Passage Isaiah 41:10, reminds me of reality. Reality of before, during, and after I leave my pitty party. Reality, that I welcome an invisible spirit into my life, that once shared breath as I, other people, animals and all living creatures that live and once had life on this planet.

Through every fear there is light and someone patiently waiting.