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Mildred Louise Morris Rice / September 11, 2017

Mildred Louise Morris Rice, widow of Claude Swanson Rice Sr., died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the age of 90. She was born in Halifax County on Nov. 13, 1926 to the late Rosa Francis Fletcher and Walter James Morris. Louise was retired from Russell Stover Candy, where she worked from the opening date in 1972 until the plant closed in 2001. She was a member at Union Christian Church in Virgilina.

Mrs. Rice is survived by sons, Claude Swanson Rice Jr. (LaVerne) of Rock Hill, S.C., and Bobby Carrol Rice (Nancy) of Virgilina; daughters, Cindy Rice-Koons (Daniel) of Oxford N.C., Mildred Rice Overby and Donna Susan Rice of Virgilina; grandchildren, Scott, Matt, Todd, Brad, Mark, Bill, C.W., Michelle, Bobby Joe, Trina, Amanda and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Amron, Hudson, Tony, Caleb, Trevor, Hannah, Brittany, Austin, Aubrey and Summer, Katelyn, Sierra and Dixie and a great-great grandchild, Gracie.

In addition to her husband, parents and siblings, Mrs. Rice was preceded in death by her son, Woodson Magnus Rice.

A funeral was held Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. at Union Christian Church with burial following at Virgilina Cemetery. The Revs. Frankie Reeves and Norman Talley conducted the service.

The family received friends Saturday, Sept. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home and at all other times at the family home in Virgilina.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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