Virginia Mae Rice, age 86, formerly of Wilsonville, passed away at the Holdrege Memorial Home, in Holdrege, NE on October 5, 2022. She was born in Scottsbluff, NE on December 20, 1935, to Everett and Marybelle (Fitts) Hall. Her mother died a few days after childbirth. Her father, Everett, married Elizabeth “Betty” Everett, who then became Virginia’s mother. She grew up in Scottsbluff graduating Scottsbluff High School in 1954. Virginia attended Doane College for two years to pursue a degree in teaching. It was at Doane College she fell in love with Kendall Rice. The couple wed on August 5, 1956.
Together they made their home in Wilsonville, NE and raised three children, Scott, Steve and Shari. Virginia was active in the Baptist Church serving in many of the Church offices. She was especially remembered for her many years playing the piano for Sunday Morning Services and many other occasions.
Virginia was a member of the Double Eight Club, the Double H Club (Helping Hands), and the Wilsonville Community Improvement Committee. She enjoyed helping others in the community, was active in cemetery clean-up and also, community landscaping. She taught and played music for Bible School. She was an active homemaker, keeping up with her families' schedules and activities. She was extremely proud of obtaining her private pilot's license.
She was preceded in death by her parents, father, Everett; mothers, Marybelle, and Betty; husband, Kendall; brother, Howard Hall; brother-in-law, Warren (Arlene) Rice.
Virginia is survived by her daughter, Shari and husband, Bart Anderson of Loomis, NE; two sons, Scott Rice of Wilsonville, and Steve and wife, Peg Rice of Wilsonville; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Alberta Hall of Iowa, Janice and (Harry) Brown of Omaha; brother-in-law, Lonnie (Pat) Rice of Grand Island. Many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 10, 2022, at 10:30 AM at the Wilsonville Baptist-Christian Church with Pastor Keith Theobald and Kirk Kasson officiating. Interment will be in the Wilsonville Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge on Sunday, October 9, 2022, from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM with the family present to greet friends. Friends may leave online condolences at lockenourfh.com. Memorials may be left to either the Wilsonville-Hendley Fire Department or the Wilsonville Baptist-Christian Church. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.
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