Faces Of Elmwood Cemetery: Mattie F. Rhodes

Since 1872, Elmwood Cemetery at 4900 E. Truman Rd. has been the final resting place for many notable people that made an impact in Kansas City. While their faces may no longer be familiar, many of those names carry on today. This month, the Northeast News is featuring some of those familiar names laid to rest there.

Mattie F. Rhodes July 1 , 1871 – October 1, 1890

The namesake for the Mattie Rhodes Centers, located at 1740 Jefferson and 148 N. Topping, was born in Kansas City, the third of four children. As a member of the Central Presbyterian Church, she worked alongside ten other girls in her Sunday School class to form the Little Gleaners, sewing clothing for needy children and volunteering at the children’s hospital.


After contracting a life-threatening case of typhoid fever, young Mattie requested her $500 inheritance be used for continuing the work of the Little Gleaners. After her passing at age 19, her friends set about increasing the amount bequeathed, selling handmade clothing items and holding socials. By 1894, the Mattie Rhodes Memorial Society began a legacy that has assisted those in need for over 100 years.


Mattie Rhodes is buried in the family plot along with her parents, John and Catherine, brother William and his wives Olive and Mildred, and sister Irma with her husband Norman Morrison.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Faces Of Northeast: Charmainne Sanders

    February 24th, 2021
    by

    Nikki Lansford Editorial Assistant A new face has been added to the Kansas City Police Department’s (KCPD) Community Interaction Officers […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Edwin Gordillo

    February 17th, 2021
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Following the retirement of Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) Community Interaction Officer (CIO) Greg Smith in […]


    Book Of The Week: “I am Perfectly Designed” by Karamo Brown and Jason Brown

    February 17th, 2021
    by

    In honor of Black History Month, this week’s book celebrates contemporary Black family values – at least one individual’s experience. […]


    Book Of The Week: “The Sun Is Also A Star” by Nicola Yoon

    February 10th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation was chosen by Phyllis Hernandez, Senior Technical Aid at North-East Library. Phyllis chose “The Sun Is […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Leonardo Biscari

    February 10th, 2021
    by

    We caught up with Leonardo Biscari for a quick minute when he was between parking lots on Monday. Biscari is […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Erika Noguera

    February 3rd, 2021
    by

    If this week’s Face of Northeast looks familiar, that’s because she is! Erika Noguera, owner of Doña Fina Café, became […]


    Book Of The Week: “The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore

    February 3rd, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation is from Deborah Gamm, Senior Library Technical Assistant at the North East Branch Library. Deborah chose […]


    Book Of The Week: “When Stars are Scattered” by Omar Mohamed

    January 27th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation comes from Samantha Edwards, Youth and Family Engagement Librarian at the North-East Branch of the Kansas […]


  • Faces Of Northeast: Edgar Palacios

    January 27th, 2021
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Edgar Palacios, founder of the Latinx Education Collaborative, and a new resident to the […]


    Book Of The Week: “Welcome to the New World” by Josh Halpern and Michael Sloan

    January 20th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation was chosen by Diana Ash, Senior Technical Aid at North East Library. She chose “Welcome to […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Nikki Lansford

    January 20th, 2021
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Nikki Lansford, Editorial Assistant with the Northeast News. Nikki will be learning the ins […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Antoney Perez

    January 13th, 2021
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Antoney Perez, a longtime Northeast resident and current Kansas City police officer. Perez, who […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Loren Persley

    January 6th, 2021
    by

    The week’s Face of Northeast is Loren Persley. She moved seven years ago from the Swope Parkway area, where she […]


    Book Of The Week: “Largo Pétalo De Mar” by Isabel Allende

    January 6th, 2021
    by

    This week’s recommendation comes from Megan Settle, English Language Acquisition Instructor for RISE, which recently moved into the renovated North […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Joseph Florez

    December 30th, 2020
    by

    For this week’s Faces of Northeast, we continued our chat with Joseph Florez, the second place winner in the Lykins […]


    Book Of The Week: Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White

    December 30th, 2020
    by

    This Book of the Week was chosen by Diana Ash, Senior Technical Assistant at the North East Library. She chose […]


  • Northeast Newscast


  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder


  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.