Linda Rhodes, age 76 of Edgewater passed away peacefully at home on August 7th. Linda is survived by her brother, Ed Rhodes and his wife Kathleen of Cudjoe Key, Florida, and by nephews Ed Rhodes III of Orange, Connecticut and Douglas Rhodes of Chandler, Arizona.
Linda was an eternal optimist and despite surviving polio at age 5 and having a myriad of health problems in later life she remained cheerful and was always striving to get past the hurdles that life presented. Among her many talents, she was known for her sports ability as a “dead eye”. This trait led her to be a good bowler and she proudly carried the title of reigning croquet champion of Milford.
Linda was born in Milford, Connecticut and lived for most of her life in a Victorian home in Milford built by her great grandfather. She spent a study year in Scotland while in high school that introduced her to foreign travel. She graduated from Springfield College and studied for a doctorate in Russian history at Michigan State. Her familiarity with Russia and the Russian language landed her a job with a travel agency in New York City and was responsible for getting Walter Cronkite into and out of Russia in 1972. Ten years of travel experience in New York coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit led to the establishment of Winds of Adventure, a travel agency she co-owned with Kathy Wachter in Milford. A full-service travel company, Winds was also known for its singles events and travel and resulted in Linda having a “friends” group that continues today.
Linda moved to Edgewater in 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed the beach. A nearly daily routine was spending some time at her “little beach” in Edgewater and she especially liked taking the Sunday edition of the New York Times with her and watch for dolphins as she caught up with the news. Linda was always politically active and as an avowed Democrat travelled to Ohio to help with the Obama 2008 campaign and after her move to Florida became an active member of the Edgewater Democratic Club. If you want to honor Linda with a charitable donation, her passions were for cats and compassionate causes.
Linda will be missed by her small family and legions of friends. A celebration of Linda’s life is planned for later this year at her “little beach”.
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