Debra (Debbie) Nell Braswell Rice

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Debra (Debbie) Nell Braswell Rice, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Debbie was born in Anniston, Alabama as the second child of Bill and Betty Braswell. She grew up in Sylacauga and Wedowee, Alabama, and attended Randolph County High School. Debbie leaves behind her mother Betty Braswell, of (Wedowee); daughter, April (and Steve); grandchildren Hunter, Haley, and Haiden Harper (Auburn); son, Broc Rice; daughter, Rebecca Rice, and their father Walter (Butch) Rice III (Auburn); older brother, Danny (and Ramona) and niece, Rachel Braswell, of Huntsville; younger brother, David (Beth Ann) and nieces Abby and Mary Braswell, of Atlanta. Visitation was held on Monday, October 20, from 5-8 p.m. central time at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home, 1500 Frederick Road, Opelika, Alabama. Funeral service will be held on today October 21, at 2 p.m. central time at the Auburn United Methodist Church, located at 137 South Gay Street, Auburn, Alabama, with the Reverend Charles Cummings officiating. The family urges, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the . Debbie was Director of Technology for Auburn City Schools. During her tenure, the school became one of Intel's nationwide show schools, demonstrating how to successfully integrate technology into the classroom. She served on a variety of boards and committees at the local and state level, including the State Advisory Board for Software Technology, Inc. Debbie was a frequent speaker and presenter at various state and national conferences. Her awards and acknowledgements for work in the areas of technology and education include: Recipient of the 2013 Chiquita Marbury Technology Award for her standard of excellence and contributions in the fields of technology and education; Featured in Tech & Learning magazine's HP & Intel Profiles in Leadership for her leadership in school laptop initiatives; In 2008, awarded the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) "Making It Happen" award for her contributions to the successful integration of technology in K-12 schools. Debbie held a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from Auburn University, and was near completing her PhD in Administration of Supervision and Curriculum. Her love for knowledge was surpassed only by her love for family and friends. She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. Those who knew Debbie well will likely remember her love of the poem, "Footprints in the Sand", which reflected her belief in Christ Jesus' constant and unwavering presence in her life. The family thanks all who helped and supported Debbie through the weeks and months leading up to her passing. She will be greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues alike. Rest in peace, Dr. Debra Rice. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directing
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Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 21, 2014
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