Rhoda N. Gifford

September 30, 2020


Rhoda N. (Brunson) Gifford, a resident of Minetto, passed away on September 30 at her home.

She was born on March 5, 1951 in Elba, Alabama and was the daughter of the late Comer and M.E. (Waldon) Brunson, having attended Zion Chapel in Alabama and Oswego State. 

She was the manager of the Wreck Room, the Holiday Harbor Hotel restaurant and worked for StaffKings at Novelis.

She loved shopping, movies, playing cards and games with family. Family was one of her biggest joys in life. One of her biggest past times was caring for her animals. Rhoda loved her animal babies with all her heart and her fur grandbabies.

Surviving are her beloved husband of 30 years, Donald Gifford, her children, Frank (Dorothy) Symborski of Ravena, Sonia (Tino) Ferro of Tully, Eric (Melissa) Syrell of Oswego, stepchildren, Patti Menter of Mexico, Jeanette (Chris) Hansel of Oswego, Donnie Gifford of Mexico, a "sister", Shirley Howard of Scriba, two brothers, Billy Jo (Frances) Brunson of Alabama, Foyel (Wayne) Brunson of Alabama, grandchildren: Emily, Constantino, Italia, Jack, Connor, Grace, Sophia, Jenn, Katie, Megan, Ben, Jacob, Gracie, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers Talmage, Maynard, Bobby and a sister Ann of Alabama. 


The family will receive friends at the Dowdle Funeral Home, 154 East 4th Street, Oswego, on Friday, October 9th from 4:00-7:00.

Funeral services will be held at the Minetto United Methodist Church, 2433 County Route 8, Oswego, NY, on Saturday, October 10th at 12:00 pm.

Facial masks are required for the calling hours and service due to NYS Mandates.

The family will receive flowers and those who are unable to send flowers may make a donation in Rhoda's name to the Oswego County Humane Society, 29 West First Seneca, Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or the Oswego City Animal Shelter, 621 East Seneca Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126.

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October 9, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dowdle Funeral Home
154 East Fourth St.
Oswego, NY 13126

Funeral Service
October 10, 2020

12:00 PM
Minetto United Methodist Church (Oswego, NY)

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