Lela G. Rice

Lela G. Rice

Lela G. Rice of St. Louis, formerly of the Arcadia Valley, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in St. Louis. She was 87.

She was born on Dec. 30, 1930 near Minimum, a daughter of the late Theodore and Alice Miller Brown.

On June 3, 1950, she was united in marriage to Charles Leon Rice, who preceded her in death on April 15, 1995.

To this union was born a son, James Leon Rice, who passed away on April 8, 2014.

Surviving are two grandchildren, Andrew Rice and wife Jan of Arnold, Jamie Rice (Kyle Aleto) of Imperial; three great-grandchildren, Zealand Rice, Kane and Rori Aleto; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Rice of Arnold; a sister-in-law, Margaret Hennessey; two nieces, Elizabeth Gersch and Pam Gillispie; three great nieces, Crystal Crocker (Jeremy), Katie and Megan Gillispie; one great -great niece, Kaylan Crocker; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by three brothers-in-law, Sam Rice, Edward Hennessey, and James Blanton; two sisters-in-law, Nina Rice and Alice Blanton; and a nephew, Kevin Rice. Lela was a graduate of Ironton High School, and a member of Arcadia Valley United Methodist Church and the Ironton Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She worked for the Ironton High School Superintendent, Brown Shoe company and after moving to St. Louis, she was president of Private Brands Company and was a member of the board of the Dana Brown Trust.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 23 at noon from the Arcadia Valley United Methodist Church under the direction of Cole Family Funeral Home with Rev. Marty Blakey officiating.

Visitation began at 10 a.m. Interment was in Arcadia Valley Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Am. Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.colefamilyfuneralhomes.