Donna Jean "DJ" Rhoades, 59 Hays, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at her home.

She was born Jan. 26, 1961, in WaKeeney to David and Faith Rhoades. She attended Trego Community High School and Fort Hays State University where she graduated with a degree in communications.

She was an avid writer of several short stories, plays, and manuscripts. While attending FHSU she had the honor of having one of her plays performed by the theatre department. She also wrote several blogs on her favorite band, the Beach Boys. One of her most treasured projects was the cookbook of family recipes she finished putting together just a few short months ago called "Conversations by the Old Country Stove." This "labor of love" is a testament to her ability to create a masterpiece that will be cherished for years to come. From her love of the Yankees to her love for the weird, unique, and unusual she was one of a kind. If you knew her then you would know that she was extremely smart and you did not stand a chance of beating her at Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit. Her birds were the highlight of her life and if you went to visit her, she may have greeted you with the Vulcan salute. Halloween will not be the same without her tales of ghosts and goblins, witches, and wizards, or Ardath Bey as our guide on the Ghost Train.

Survivors include a brother, Charles "Chuck" Rhoades; a nephew, Chris Rhoades and wife, Leah, Hays; three nieces, Jennifer Colby and husband, Jason, Ellis, Shauna Johnston, Topeka and Jody Budo and husband, Eric, Eureka, Mo.; five great nephews, Josh (Mallory) Koerner and Tucker Rhoades, all of Hays, Donovan and Kaiden Colby, Ellis, and Brett Rhoades, Hays; four great-nieces, Cheyenne Rhoades, Hays, Lindsey and Hannah Johnston, Topeka and Zoey Budo, Eureka; and a great-great-niece, Carter Koerner, Hays.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Carolyn Rhoades; and a sister-n-law, Polly Rhoades.

At her request, cremation was chosen with no services will be held. Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hays Community Theatre in care of the funeral chapel. Please make donations payable to the organization.

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