Maxine Ina Rice of Sullivan, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on September 10, 2018, having reached the age of eighty-eight years, eleven months and twenty-nine days. Maxine was born in Beards Town, IL, on November 11, 1929, daughter of Algie Chandler Sprague and Lucinda Ina Sprague nee Braden. On March 30, 1950, she was united in marriage to David Dwane Rice and twelve children came to bless this union.
Maxine is survived by eleven children, David D. Rice, Jr., known to all as Dwane, and wife, Felicia, of Bourbon, MO, Sharon Manasco and husband, Ray, of Sullivan, James Rice and wife, Sandra, of Bolivar, MO, Walene Villmer of Cuba, MO, Terry Rice and wife, Karen, of St. Clair, MO, Ricky Rice and wife, Debbie, of Box Elder, SD, Linda Lucas and special friend, Duane Lackey, of St. Clair, Dennis Rice of Cuba, Nancy Rice and boyfriend, Ronald, of Cuba, Penny Cray and husband, Jim, of St. Clair and Dianna Vancil of Pacific, MO; by one brothers, Bobby Sprague and wife, Veda, of St. Clair, MO; by two sisters, Athea Armistead and Della Kendall, both of Sullivan, MO; by twenty-seven grandchildren, thirty-nine great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Algie and Lucinda Sprague; by her husband, David D. Rice, Sr.; by four brothers, Lawrence, Kenneth, Lester and Leonard Sprague; by one sister, Ollie Porter; by one infant son; by one grandson, Travis Rice, and by two sons-in-law, Howard Villmer and Mark Vancil.
Maxine was a Christian and current member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO and former member of Virginia Mines Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO. As a young woman she had worked outside of the home but for most of her life, she made caring for her home and family her career, and she never tired of her job. She was a talented cook and was known for her great homemade bread. She enjoyed sewing and making quilts and in recent years, enjoyed collecting dolls. Maxine's family was her pride and joy and she cherished the time they spent together.
A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Tom Smith officiating. Interment was in Reedville Cemetery, Sullivan, MO. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.