Edna May Rice

Edna Mae Rice, daughter of John William Renfrow and Berla Mae Kirkman Renfrow, was born March 12, 1924 in Summersville, Missouri, and died October 22, 2007 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa, at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 10 days.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Hastings Funeral Home in Perry, with words of comfort by Pastor Deb Parkison, Rippey United Methodist Church in Rippey.

Her casket bearers were Dan Von Behren, Robert Muir, Bob Muir, John Muir, Ken Muir, David Cunningham and Jerry Groves.

The organist was Marjorie Vannatta and soloist was Pastor Deb Parkison. The hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "You’ll Never Walk Alone".

Her burial was at Rippey Cemetery in Rippey. There was a time of lunch and fellowship the Rippey United Methodist Church in Rippey following the burial.

Edna moved many times with her family, attending school in various places. She graduated from Dawson High School in 1942. She married Floyd Rice on August 2, 1944. They were parents of one son, Harve.

Edna and Floyd lived all their married lives in Greene County. She actively helped her husband on their farm. Edna was a great cook with fried chicken and pies being specialties. She came from a musical family and always enjoyed country music. Having been a basketball player in high school, she enjoyed watching basketball.

Edna had a deep love for her family and was always close to her brothers. She had helped raise her nephew, John, during the summer months after the untimely death of his mother. Edna continued to live on the farm until eight years ago, when she moved to the senior Citizen apartments in Rippey. Last summer she made her home with Harve and Joyce and in September entered the Manor in Jefferson.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd in 1983; brothers Herschel, Howard, Bud, Rex and Virgil Renfrow; sisters, Helen Jones, Edith Kever and Anna K. Gander.

She is survived by her son Harve and wife Joyce; grandson, Bradley and wife Lori and three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Dylan and Nicholas, all of Rippey; sister, Kathy Mullihan of Maxwell; sisters-in-law, Shirley Renfrow of Grimes, Dorothy Groves of Rippey and Vera Oswaller of Illinois; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be sent or left at the Hastings Funeral Home, 1417 2nd St., Perry Iowa 50220.