Marilee Elizabeth Rhody (nee Keislar)

15/08/1945 - 08/07/2023


Obituary For Marilee Elizabeth Rhody (nee Keislar)

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August 15, 1945 – July 8, 2023

Marilee Elizabeth Rhody’s soul winged its flight to the world of spirit at the Beaverlodge Hospital on 8 July 2023 at 9:31pm. Our hearts are filled with joy in the knowledge that she has now tasted of the honey of reunion with her Creator. Her radiant spirit will be greatly missed by her family, friends and many others who were blessed with meeting her during her many travels and sojourns around the world.

“O Lord, glorify her station, shelter her under the pavilion of They supreme mercy, cause her to enter Thy glorious paradise, and perpetuate her existence in Thine exalted rose garden, that she may plunge into the sea of light in the world of mysteries”. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

Marilee attended schools in the Woodstock School (India), Whittier College, (California), the University of The Pacific (Stockton, California), the University of Toronto and the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC).

She is survived by her spouse, David Rhody, children; Kazim Rhody (1978), Kalua Rhody (1981), son-in-law Vincent Joyall (1977), and grandchildren Zenith Joyall (2012), Jedi Joyall (2014). She is also survived by her siblings; Allan Keislar (1947), Douglas Keislar (1951), Jeanie Barnes (1954); her brothers-in-law Greg Barnes, Allan Rhody, and Wayne Rhody; sisters-in-law Carol Keislar, Jane Keislar, Carol Frook-Rhody, and Marilyn Brace-Rhody; her paternal cousins; Robert Keislar, and Kathy Shedd and maternal cousins Howard Fleming Jr., Jana Fleming, Tracy Kastania, Jane Wells, and Dana Fleming, as well as her nephews and nieces on the Keislar family side: Kishoree Keislar, Kanti Keislar, Karan Keislar, Nikki Keislar, and Jaima Barnes-Shore, and her nephews and nieces on the Rhody family side: Matthew Rhody, Bradley Rhody, Dawne Rhody-Sullivan, Elaine Rhody-Ellis, Marianne Rhody, Michelle Rhody, Mandy Rhody-Zuk, Daniel Rhody, Travers Brace, and Michael Brace.

She was predeceased by her parents Marvin Keislar (1998), Mary Fleming Keislar (2004), and her grandparents Mott Keislar (1950), Edna L. (Beck) Keislar, Isaac Fleming (1950) and Mabel (Hustace) Fleming, as well as her sister-in-law Janet Rhody, and cousins Norman Tessman, Helen Boyd, and Timothy Shedd.

A Celebration of Life for Marilee will be held on Saturday, August 19th, 2023, at Bear Creek Funeral Home at 10:30am.

Memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) to the Parkinson's Association of Alberta in Marilee’s name.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

A recorded version of her Celebration will be available in the Photos & Video tab at the top of Marilee`s obituary, along with additional readings and tributes.


19 Aug

Celebration of Life

10:30 AM

Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Ave Grande Prairie, AB T8W 0C7 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 01/12/2023

    Hello Kalua and family. I just recently learned about the passing of our beautiful Marilee. I saw a picture of a birthday surprise she prepared for me in 2015 and that lead me to look for her on social media... and that's how I found out. Marilee welcomed me and my family in such a special way when we moved all the way from Lisbon to Wakefield in 2013. She taught my oldest daughter and other local kids many good lessons in her virtues classes. Jessie (my daughter) is now 16 years and she remembers Marilee very well. I still refer to the house on Burnside as Marilee's house. I am sending love to you, your father and the rest of the family. Quelen

  • 31/08/2023

  • 17/08/2023

    I'll be thinking of you tomorrow as you lay our beloved Marilee to rest! I'm sorry I can't be there but I'm in Brooks to swim in the 55+ Summer Games! Marilee was always a wonderful addition to our water fitness class when she was able to attend. My sincere condolences to you, David and your family ! Diane Primeau💕💕

  • 13/08/2023

    Dear David, Kazim, Kalua and family, I'm so sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. Rhody. She was my teacher at Poltimore elementary for grades 2 & 3 and was my favorite teacher of all time! Mrs. Rhody was an inspiration and a natural leader. I will forever treasure the memories I have of her. My most sincere condolences to you all for your loss.

  • 21/07/2023

    I will always treasure my friendship with Marilee. She has been a shining light in my life and everyone's life around her. I am sure that she is shinning bright like a star in the heavens and will continue to guide us from afar. Deepest condolences to the entire Family. May you forever be guided by her light,

  • 17/07/2023

    Tears filled my eyes as I experienced the moving ceremony - so beautiful and fitting for such a beloved soul. Her loving spirit will long live in my memory. My deepest condolences to Marilee's family.

  • 16/07/2023

    My deepest condolences David, Kalua and Kazim and the rest of the family. Your home in Wakefield felt like a second one to me during my adolescence. I will always remember Marilee's sparkling spirit and warmth. Love to you all as you move through this difficult time. Xoxoxo

  • 15/07/2023

    I was blessed to have Marilee in my water fitness class and help her with mobility when she was able to attend! She was truly an inspiration to all of us who knew her! My sincere condolences - Diane Primeau🤗💕💕

  • 13/07/2023

    Dear Kalua: I am so sorry to have learned about the passing of your dear mother. I hope the cherished memories you have of your mother help you during this difficult time. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Charlene Eckstrom

  • 12/07/2023

    Deepest sympathy David and family

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