In Memory of

Rhoda

Bethea

Thomas

(Mann)

Obituary for Rhoda Bethea Thomas (Mann)

Rhoda was highly involved in volunteer work with the Passaic Board of Education. She participated in parent involvement programs and activities through the mandate of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.This led to recognition on local, state, and national levels of active participation for parent volunteers. As such, Rhoda was a member of the National Coalition of the Title I Parent Organization, member of the ESEA Title I State Parent Advisory Council, and a volunteer with the Passaic Title I District Parent Advisory Council. She also participated heavily in the Parent Teacher Collaborative Program that encouraged parents to volunteer within the school district.

After some years, Rhoda's involvement as a volunteer led to employment with Passaic Public Schools as a paraprofessional. She later transitioned into a new role as School Parent Liaison to continue involving parents in the educational process.

Notably, Rhoda was a champion of making sure African American children enjoyed the same opportunities as other groups. As such, she helped plan a district-wide African American Talent Show where students, staff, church, and community organizations placed their talents on display for the community to enjoy.

Rhoda's powerful voice could not be denied as she unselfishly served as an advocate for children, parents and families in the city of Passaic. She was a Member of Mt. Pilgrim MBC Passaic where she a member of the Usher Board

She is survived by

2 daughters

Robtitia Mann Newark, NJ
Tracy Mann Passaic NJ

1 sister
Robin Mann Paterson

former Husband
Ronald Thomas Delaware

6 grands
15 great grands

predeceased by
her parents

brother
Barry Mann

1st Husband
Wendell Bethea