Velma Rice, 97, of Andrews, N.C., formerly of Granite City, Ill., born Sept. 22, 1918, in Advance, Mo., passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Valley View Care & Rehabilitation Center in Andrews, N.C.
Velma was a homemaker and a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Granite City, Ill. She was dearly loved and will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Rice, whom she married on Sept. 15, 1939; her parents, Chestine and Martha, nee Kato, Williams; her daughter, Naomi "Sue" Wade; and her sons-in-law, Dwight "Duke" Wade and Harlan "Dick" Dickey.
Surviving are her son, James (Sonny) Rice; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral: A burial was held Friday, April 22, 2016, at Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 24, 2016