The Pryor Times


March 27, 2014

Obituary- Rice

PRYOR, OK — Funeral services for Annie Bell Rice, 75, Adair, are Friday, March 28, 2 p.m., at Four Corners Church in Locust Grove. Will Fine will officiate with burial following at Gray Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services are under the direction of Key Funeral Home in Locust Grove.

Rice was born on Dec. 19, 1938, in Locust Grove, to William and Hester (Watkins) Peoples. She attended Ballou School until eighth grade, then went to Locust Grove High School, graduating in 1957. She married William Clebern Rice on Nov. 10, 1957 and they moved to California for a year while he was in the Air Force. The couple moved back to Locust Grove in 1958 and lived there for the next several years. In 1978, they moved to Adair and have lived there ever since. They had five children. She was an awesome wife, mother and grandmother, who was very kind, caring and patient. She went to college after her kids got older and earned an associate’s degree in nursing. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Colonial Terrace Nursing Center for over 20 years and retired in 2012.

In her spare time, she loved to bake, especially when it got cold outside. She passed this art on to her own daughters. She baked wonderful pies and other goodies that her kids and grandkids loved. She also enjoyed gardening and sewing. She always put the needs of her family before her own and spent her whole life caring for others. She will be greatly missed by all who were part of her life.

She was a member of the Four Corners Church in Locust Grove.

She is survived by her husband of almost 57 years, Clebern, of the home; five children, Pamela Duarte of Owasso, William E. Rice and wife Rhonda of Locust Grove, Wallace Rice of Locust Grove, Dena Sharp and husband Keith of Pryor, Dana Erwin and husband Howard of Pryor; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Tuxie Peoples of Locust Grove; two sisters, Eva Oxford and husband George of Peggs, Sue Fine and husband Henry of Locust Grove; many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Hollis Peoples.

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