Rhoda was born 18th July 1920, in Leeds, the only child of John & Maggie Adamthwaite. They were first cousins and were advised by the doctor not to have any more children for fear they would be born mentally deficient. Rhoda was a much loved daughter. She went to St Hilda's School in Leeds and then on to the School of Commerce for secretarial training. She loved to go to the cinema and to buy high heeled shoes. She worked through the war & always blamed the Germans for "taking away her youth". She went on to work at Turner Tanning Engineering Works, in Leeds, where she met Jack Dickens. They married at Christ Church, Armley in 1950, when Rhoda was 30 years old. She wore a grey silk suit and one of her bridesmaids was her friend, Ada Bentley. Rhoda and Jack had two children, John Harling and Alison Elizabeth.
John Adamthwaite was a postman (23/4/1911 for 20 shillings per week) and therefore a steady wage came into the house. He was also a good gardener (his favourite flowers were Calceolaria) and had a large greenhouse in the garden. The house they lived in, 15 St Hilda's Crescent, had a large garden going down to railway lines at the back. It was unusual in Leeds at that time for working class houses to have such a large garden. Their life style was quite good for the time with a steady income and home grown vegetables. John grew enough to sell the extra to neighbours. Maggie was "a lady" - born and brought up in Bentham, in the country, and she did not let Rhoda mix much with local children. It seemed Rhoda used to die to play with the other children in the pile of midden ashes at the top