Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


October 13, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Helen Clay Rice - 1934-2007

Helen Clay “Rosie” Rice, faithful wife, loving mother and servant of Christ, rests peaceful now in the arms of her Savior, following her passing Friday evening Oct. 12, 2007, surrounded by her loving family, at her home on Johnson’s Fork.

Mrs. Rice was 73 years of age, born on July 4th, 1934, in Ashland, a daughter of the late Edward and Herma Holbrook Clay. Helen was a faithful member of Garner Baptist Church and a Kentucky Colonel. She was a teller for many years retiring from Community Trust Bank. Following her retirement, Helen volunteered with Community Hospice for 10 years, and was a member and past President of Friends of Hospice, always displaying a tender and compassionate heart with patients and their families. Helen was the consummate homemaker, outstanding cook and loved to garden and sew. “Who can find a virtuous woman?” Proverbs 31:10.

Helen leaves behind her adoring husband of 54 years, Sidney L. Rice. Together their home has been blessed with four wonderful children, Mark Rice, his wife Donna, Ashland, Julie Riffe, her husband Gary, Huntington, Theresa Kazee, her husband Jack, and Lisa Spears, her husband Greg, all of Catlettsburg; 11 grandchildren, Ryan Kazee, Catlettsburg, Andrew Brewer, Hannah Brewer, both of Huntington, Joe Riffe, Benjamin Riffe, Buck Davis, Skyler Elswick, all of Ashland, Anna Coleman, Allison Coleman, both of Catlettsburg, Kiefer Spears, Jessie Spears, both of Ashland; five precious great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Ed Clay, Akron, Franklin D. Clay, Lewis Center, Ohio; two sisters, Ella Mae Rolen and Wanda Carter, both of Ashland.

Preceding her in death are two brothers, Billie B. “Red” Clay and Bobby G. Clay.

To pay homage to Mrs. Helen Rice a funeral is to be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 11:00 a.m., at the Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, Catlettsburg, with Pastors Gary Arrington and Mike Blankenship to honor with personal eulogies and a message of hope and assurance. Final rest will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to pay condolences may do so from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday evening at the Neal Funeral Home on Center Street in Catlettsburg.

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