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.
Lydia was preceded in death by her beloved family: Husband of 63 years, Rev. Orden Rice; parents, Susan Parker Elliott McKeehan and Adam Harrison McKeehan; step-mother Sallie Hertel Helton McKeehan; great-aunt Nan and great-uncle Lefe Jones, who kindly and lovingly helped raise her; mother-in-law and father-in-law Dora Belle Gosnell Rice and Rev. Pete Rice; sisters Malinda McKeehan, Naomi McKeehan (and Abraham) Akal and step-sister, Ruth Helton (and David) Jones; brothers Arnold McKeehan, Luther (and Ottie) McKeehan, Elmer (and Myrtle) Elliott, William (and Martha) Elliott, William (and Betty) McKeehan, Rudolph (and Veryl) McKeehan and step-brother, Paul (and Veryl) Helton; aunts Bertha McKeehan Moran, Clara McKeehan Elliott, Della McKeehan, Jane McKeehan, Leora McKeehan Taylor, Nora McKeehan May, May McKeehan Elliott, Ruth McKeehan Logan, Sylvia McKeehan and Vergie McKeehan; uncles David McKeehan, Henderson McKeehan, Leander McKeehan, Leon McKeehan, Lloyd McKeehan, Norman McKeehan and Wesley McKeehan; nephew-in-law Curtis Haverly; sisters-in-law, Cora Lee Rice (and Albert) Henegar, Norma Jean Rice Ward, Genevieve Rice (and Cornelius) Hargis, Flora Belle Rice (and John) Goode; and brothers-in-law, Joseph Lee Rice, George Timpe, Arnold Lee (and Kim) Rice, Alvin C. Lay Sr. and Harley Steven Rice.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Dawson officiating.
Burial will be in McKinney Cemetery.
Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com.