Delaplaine – Mary Louise (Gates) Rice Smith, 88, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Walnut Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center.
Born January 31, 1922 in Jones Ridge in Greene Co to the late C.J. Gates and Alice Gates.
She is preceded in death by husband Virgil Smith, son Dannie Rice, brothers Albert, Joe and Ray Gates, sisters Francis Varvil, Thelma Gillean, Cynthia Jones, Rachel Mustain, Ruby Rice, and Belle Rice.
She is survived by sons Jimmy (Rhonda) Rice and Tommy Rice both of Delaplaine, 7 grandchildren: Melissa Tucker of Walnut Ridge, Danny Allen Rice of Vicksburg, MS, Kim Miller of Jackson, MS, Jeremy Rice of Vicksburg, MS, Jamie Rice also of Vicksburg, MS, Chris Rice of Delaplaine and Joey Rice of Pocahontas and several great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab for their excellent care of their mom.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Roger Tidwell officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-8:00 p.m.
Pallbearers include: Chris Rice, Joey Rice, Danny Allen Rice, Melissa Tucker, Ben Tucker, and Tommy Rice.