Rhoda Colville dies at 91

Wendy Elliott
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Rhoda Valentine Colville, an iconic figure in Canadian art and a well-loved Wolfville native, died Dec. 29. She was 91.

The wife and muse of artist Alex Colville for seven decades graduated from Horton Academy in 1938. She studied fine art at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., where she met her husband.

The Colvilles were married in Wolfville in 1942.

Following his stint as a Canadian Army war artist, the couple moved to Sackville, where he taught at Mount Allison.

The Colvilles raised their family of four children, three sons and a daughter, in Sackville. In 1972, they moved into Rhoda’s childhood home where she cared for her elderly mother.

Colville was a gifted artist in her own right. Her witty poetry was popular at birthdays with family and friends, according to her obituary. She even published a booklet of poems entitled Rhymes for Alex.

An avid athlete, singer and pianist and cyclist, she was often depicted in her husband’s work. Colville was predeceased in February by her middle son, John. She is survived by her husband, two son -  Graham and Charle -  and a daughter, Ann.

Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 2, in St. Andrew’s United Church, Wolfville.

Organizations: Horton Academy, Mount Allison University, Canadian Army United Church

Geographic location: Wolfville, Sackville

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