Joyce Elizabeth Austin Rice, 64, of Buena Vista, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Golden Living Center. She was born July 6, 1948, in Rockbridge County, a daughter of Katie Gilbert Austin and the late Robert Austin. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two granddaughters, McKenzie and Kessie Rice. Surviving are her husband, John H. Rice; two sons, John R. Rice and wife, Missy; Tony Rice and wife, Wendi; five grandchildren, Cadie, Devon, Elizabeth, Dustin, and Andrew Rice; one sister, Doris A. Tomlin and husband, Earl; one brother, Robert L. Austin and wife, Brenda; special aunt, Emma G. Cash.
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A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel with the Rev. W. David Bain, the Rev. Butch Grow, and the Rev. Sheldon Sorrells officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013 at Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and at the home of John Rice, 1164 Orange Avenue, Buena Vista, at any time.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice, or the Buena Vista Rescue Squad. Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, and Lotts Funeral Home, Buena Vista.
Published in Roanoke Times on Mar. 22, 2013