Debra Rhodes

Jun 07, 2019

Rockland — Debra A. Rhodes, 68, died unexpectedly, Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Born in Camden, Feb. 16, 1951, she was the daughter of Nelson and Rita Rivers Grey. Educated locally she attended Camden High School. Throughout her life, Deb had a very special relationship with her much loved stepmother Betty Carter Grey.

On Nov. 11, 1967, Debra married H. Carl Rhodes in Camden. Together they raised two children, and ran a successful catering business. The pair operated Rhodes Catering Service for 25 years and also a concession stand called Florida Buns. For more than 38 years they traveled to fairs in Union, Windsor, Fryeburg and Litchfield. Even after Mr. Rhodes' death in 2009, Debra continued her love of traveling.

She as an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Augusta, a member of United Bikers of Maine and Rockland Lodge of Elks.

For many years, Deb has been a loyal employee of the Village Variety, formerly Stop-N-Go in Camden. Her smiling face has welcomed thousands of customers to the store.

She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

Predeceased by her husband Carl in 2009; Debra is survived by her children, Melissa Byer and her husband Andrew of Rockland, and Scott Rhodes and his wife Jasmine of Rockland; eight grandchildren, Cody Rubenstein and his wife Bryana, Cameron Rubenstein, Knasic Byer, Samuel Byer, Dakota Rhodes, Kaylie Rhodes, Drew Rhodes, Kiley Feraco and Skyler Rhodes; one great-grandchild Mason Rubenstein; her sisters, Donna Diamond of Danvers, Mass., and Barbara Grey of Redding, Conn.; her brothers, Richard Grey of Seymour, Conn., William Grey and his wife Dana of Monroe, Conn., and Robert Grey and his wife Jan of Bridgeport, Conn.; and three nephews, James Diamond of Massachusetts and Matthew Diamond of Chicago, and Carter Grey of Connecticut.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A celebration of her life will be held at noon Friday, June 14, at First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St., Camden.

Although flowers are gratefully accepted, those who wish may make memorial donations to First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843, or Augusta American Legion, 396 Western Ave., Augusta, ME 04330.

To share a memory or condolence with the Rhodes family, please visit their Book of Memories at

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