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Iris Mildred (McTaggart) Rohde was born May 23, 1917 in Bogalusa, La. the daughter of John Frank and Carrie Emily (Deere) McTaggart.

She lived her younger years and attended grade school in Bogalusa, La., and then moved to Houston at the age of 12, graduating from Reagan High School in 1934.

She was a member of the Norhill Baptist Church in the Heights.

Iris was united in marriage to Woodrow Herman Rohde on Aug. 27, 1938, in Houston.

Iris and Woodrow were members of the Unity Baptist Church in Houston for 40 years. They moved and made their home in Bellville in 1982, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Iris had a strong Christian faith and prayed daily for her family and other loved ones. Iris was an active member of the Texas Educational Secretaries Associations or TESA and a life member of the Texas Congress of the PTA. She enjoyed painting, reading, crocheting afghans and baby blankets, traveling and genealogical research.

Iris passed away on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at the age of 91.

She is survived by her children Karl Rohde and his wife, Anita, of Huntsville, Iris Jean Myers and her husband, Larry, of Arlington, David Rohde and his wife, Judy, of Austin, Paul Rohde and his wife, Janet, of Guyana, South America and Nancy Yockel and her husband, David, of Oklahoma City. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to acknowledge Iris' loving caregiv-ers and give them special thanks for their compassion over the years. Caregivers Corinne Pavlicek: Annie Ruth McNeil, Thelma Whidden and Ida Johnson

Iris was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Rohde in 2005, her parents and brother, Frank.

Visitation was 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 at Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Funeral service was Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 from First Baptist Church in Bellville with the Rev. Steve Olson and the Rev. Delmar McCracken officiating.

Interment was in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville.

Pallbearers were Duane Rohde, Kenneth Rohde, Carrie Holmes, Kathy Davis, Debbie Huffman, Chris Rohde, Sean Rohde, Brian Rohde, John Rohde, Kyle Rohde, Sarah Rohde and Scott Yockel.

Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Merten and Lee Persky.

In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the First Baptist Church, 504 E. Strauss St., Bellville, Texas, 77418.

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