Longtime Hempstead Town employee Patricia A. Rhodes was a devoted grandmother who enjoyed helping people.
Rhodes, of Rockville Centre, died Sunday after a long illness. She was 70.
"She was such a classy lady, a very caring and lovely person," said her sister Suzy Allton, 66, of Las Vegas. "She always looked like she had just walked out of Vogue . . . She was my best friend. I just loved her so much."
Rhodes was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on Oct. 21, 1942, and raised in Rockville Centre. She lived for a while in Oceanside after marrying her husband Gary, who died 20 years ago, then returned to live in Rockville Centre, her family said.
"She considered Rockville Centre her home," said daughter-in-law Carolanne Rhodes, of Rockville Centre, who is married to Rhodes' son Christopher.
Rhodes graduated from St. Agnes Roman Catholic High School in Rockville Centre and later from the Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School.
She worked for the Town of Hempstead for 34 years before retiring in September. Before her retirement, she served as secretary for town spokesman Michael Deery.
"Pat Rhodes was a beautiful blend of professionalism and personality," Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement. "I will long remember Pat's wisdom and wit, and I will forever cherish the friendship we shared."
"She was a loving and devoted grandmother," Carolanne Rhodes said. "We loved her and she will be missed."
A memorial service will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thomas A. Glynn & Son Funeral Home, on 20 Lincoln Ave., in Rockville Centre. A funeral Mass will be said Friday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church, on 71 North Village Ave., in Rockville Centre.
In addition to her sister, her son and her daughter-in-law, Rhodes is survived by her brother Robert Keller, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and two grandchildren.