Jenna Denise Rhodes, 39, passed away July 31, 2019 with her family at her side. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she worked as a program manager for UAMS and was of the Presbyterian belief.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Rhodes (Kathy Meyers) of Grandview, Missouri; father, Jim Rhodes (Beth) and Beth's children, Ben and Angelica, of Lee's Summit, Missouri; grandparents, Dick and Wanda Read of Raymore, Missouri; her brother, Joshua Rhodes (Brittian) and nieces, Charlotte Rhodes and Abigail Rhodes, all of Lee's Summit; and other family and friends.
Jenna was raised in Grandview, Missouri. She graduated from Grandview High School where she was a former science teacher and coach. She received her Master's Degree of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and dual Master's Degrees of Public Service and Public Health from the Clinton School, Class 8. Jenna's Clinton School experience led to her dual careers and passions: community development for North Little Rock (Levy and Park Hill) and leading the farm to school program at UAMS. She had recently accepted an offer to lead the farm to school program for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
Jenna was a tireless champion of bringing people together for change. Her ability to inspire others beyond thoughts and ideas into action was legendary. Jenna could talk you into volunteering for anything and everything. Her impact on community and people was profound.
Jenna was the one you called if you ever needed anything to be planned/organized/completed. She explored the world fearlessly and never met anyone she couldn't find common ground with. Jenna loved people and always found unique ways to make each feel special. Her laugh was huge and infectious, her smile unforgettable. She set far reaching goals and organized all aspects of her life in order to achieve them.
Jenna's greatest desire was to make the world a better place. She certainly accomplished that and will live on in the work she started, the lives she touched, and through the gift of organ donation. Our challenge now is to honor her legacy. We can do this by living intentionally with great passion and joy.
Scholarships have been set up in Jenna's name at three places that were meaningful to her and gave her skills and relationships to pursue her passion - building community. Please consider donating in her honor to enable those with that same passion to carry Jenna's light into the future.
Clinton School of Public Service - Donations can be mailed to:
Jenna Rhodes Memorial Fund
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
1200 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Attn: Alex Thomas
To learn more about the Clinton School visit: https://clintonschool.uasys.edu
University of Central Arkansas Community Development Institute: Please visit this link to donate in Jenna's honor: uca.edu/go/JennaRhodes and this link to learn more about CDI Central.
Grandview Education Foundation - Jenna graduated from Grandview High School (Missouri) and later taught science there. Checks can be made out to Grandview Education Foundation, specifying the Jenna Rhodes Memorial Scholarship, and mailed to GEF PO Box 546 Grandview, MO 64030. Visit this link to learn more about GEF: http://grandviewedfoundation.edlioschool.com/
Services will be held on Saturday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m at Second Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Steve Hancock and Rev. Lindy Vogado.
There will be a service in Grandview, Missouri on Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grandview High School auditorium. A reception will follow.
Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Jenna's online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
AUG 10. 1:00 PM (CDT)
Second Presbyterian Church
600 Pleasant Valley Drive
Little Rock, AR, 72227
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