Maxine Iola Jones Rice, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer that weakened her body, but never her faith in Jehovah God and her deep and caring love for others.
She is survived by her husband John Davis Rice of the home. They would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary Sept. 29, 2013.
Also surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Angela Annette Rice-Warren and Michael of Roxboro and Lisa Ann Rice and Jerry Wade Jr. of Blanch.
Born in Halifax County, Virginia, Rice was the youngest of 12 children of the late Sydnor Archer Jones and Iola Trammell Jones. Maxine is survived by one sister, Mary Griffith of Wake Forest and one brother, Henry Edward Jones and his wife Gail of Springfield, Ohio.
Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law Eldon and Josephine Rice, Earl and Linda Rice, Aubrey and Jeanette Rice, Allen and Cathy Rice and Linda Rice; and numerous adoring nieces and nephews, each one firmly believing they are her ‘favorite’ because she made everyone feel that way.
A lifelong homemaker, wife, mother and cherished friend, Maxine greatly enjoyed caring for others.She created a home of love, warmth and beauty, surrounded by flowers she devoted hours to making the most gorgeous in the neighborhood, a paradise on her own street. She was especially proud of her beautiful hydrangeas.
Because of Maxine’s great love of flowers, they will be gladly accepted, as are donations to Safe Haven for Cats (safehavenforcats.org), an organization that takes care of our feline friends, just like Maxine always did, or Hospice of Wake County (hospiceofwake.org).
The family sends sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the staff of Hospice of Wake County for their tireless and compassionate care.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Powell Funeral Home in South Boston, Va., with Elder Steve Rice officiating, followed by burial at Halifax Memorial Gardens.
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