Lydia Lucretia McKeehan Rice, 95, entered her Heavenly home on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 in Hilton Head, S.C.
She was born in Lily, Ky., on July 9, 1917 and grew up in Corbin and London, Ky. She was a member of the Tenth Street Baptist Church in Palmetto, Fla., and she also had attended Slate Branch Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., and Bible Baptist Church in Hilton Head, S.C. Lydia was a retired certified nursing assistant at the Hamilton County Nursing Home in Hamilton, Ohio.
Lydia loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart and soul, witnessing daily, even to her doctors and nurses this past week. She always lived what she believed. She loved people. While setting a Christ-like example before them, Lydia understood and had a heart for the youth groups with whom she worked in the churches. For over 60 years she was a gracious, compassionate and devoted minister's wife, working by her late husband's side, Rev. Orden Rice, in the churches where he was pastor.
No daughter could have been blessed with a more loving, nurturing, Christian mother who taught all the virtues of life in Christ and Biblical truths. Lydia was a saintly, loyal and devoted daughter, sister, aunt, wife, daughter-in-law, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher and friend.
Lydia often welcomed her own family members and the family members of her late husband into her home, caring for them as long as they wanted or needed to stay. Lydia touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her and they were never the same. All who were privileged to know Lydia Rice loved her, felt that they had been blessed, and "touched by an Angel.”
Lydia is survived by her beloved family: Daughter and only child, Gladys Faye Rice (and Donald Franklin) Knorr of Bluffton, S.C.; granddaughters, Andrea Lucretia Knorr (and Thomas Joseph) Anton and great-grandchildren, Megan Leigh, Theodore Thomas III, Tyler Michael, Kristopher Joseph and Kasey Donald of Manitowoc, Wisc., and Lydia Marlene Knorr (and Owen Keith) Smith and great-grandchildren Jeremy Owen, Nathan Robert and Sophia Rose of Bluffton, S.C.; grandson Orden Wilhelm (and Jennifer Mae) Knorr and great-grandchildren, Cameron Scott and Emma Annalise of Silverdale, Wash., Kyla Elizabeth, US Navy, Travis Walker of Highland City, Fla., and Codi Alexander of Manitowoc, Wisc.; sister Carol Jean Timpe of Loveland, Ohio; brother Adam Benjamin (and Geneva) McKeehan of Mason, Ohio; niece, June Elliott Haverly of Corbin, Ky., and great-niece Terri Haverly (and Gary) Barth of Sebastian, Fla., the only two surviving links to her mother's family; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; sisters-in-law Linda McKeehan of Lexington, Ky., Gladys Ruth Rice Lay of Science Hill and Jewell Rice Sanders of Morgantown, Ind.; and brothers-in-law Rev. Olive (and Geneva) Rice of Neptune Beach, Fla., James Harry (and Lena) Rice of Milford, Ohio, and Johnny Ward of Science Hill.