Phyllis Ann Rice passed away on Nov. 4, 2013, at the age of 97, and went to be with her Lord and Savior.
She was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Jennie Barbara Moses Sheneberger and Milton Elmer Sheneberger.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Herman Rice, of Dolgeville. They were married Nov. 16, 1940 in Cedar Rapids. Before their marriage, she worked at McKesson Robbins and later she worked at the Daniel Green Shoe Company for 11 years. They had lived in the Little Falls and Dolgeville area in New York, Mount Dora, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., and Columbus, Mo.
Phyllis played violin in the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra for six years prior to their marriage and continued to play in several churches until she was 84. She was currently a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Mo.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Wilbur (Robert) of Columbus, Mo., and, Mary Noble (Douglas) of Charlotte, N.C. She leaves five grandchildren, Robert W. Wilbur, of Madison Mo., Gregory D. Wilbur (Sophia), of Franklin, Tenn., Christiana Guerrero (Eric), of Columbus Mo., Mark D. Noble, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Catherine Lankford (Andrew), of Charlotte, N.C; and one great granddaughter, Eleanor J.K. Wilbur; a sister, Grace Winters, in Watertown, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews. Phyllis was blessed to have many close friends and family.
Phylliss enjoyment of words led her to a lifelong love of writing poetry and several hymns.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 515 N. Lehmberg, Columbus, Mo. Lowndes Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.
Interment will be in Ingham Mills Cemetery, Ingham Mills. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 515 North Lehmberg, Columbus, MS 39702 or Gamboa Union Church, Sydney Corbett, 231 SE 45th Terrace, Ocala, FL 34471.