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Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

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Theresa Maude Rice

8 juillet 193420 mai 2020
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Theresa Maude (Cluett) Rice was born in Frenchman’s Cove, Newfoundland on July 8, 1934. She was the oldest of 13 children born to Chesley and Mary Cluett. It was in Newfoundland where she met and married the love of her life, John W. Rice, Jr. “Johnny” as she so affectionately called him, was stationed at Harmon Air Force Base located in Stephenville, Newfoundland. It has been said that Theresa told her best friend that she was going to marry “that man” on the very night that she and “Johnny” met.

Theresa was a devout Catholic, a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since settling in Knoxville in 1974, and it was her unwavering faith that sustained her throughout her life. That faith allowed her to care for two small children and maintain a home while her husband, John, served our country in Vietnam. Theresa was kind and loving mother to her two children. Her Full time job was making a home for family until David and Mary went to high school and junior high. At that time, she went to work at Brakebill Nursing Home where she was in charge of central supplies from 1975 until she retired in 2000.

Theresa loved our Lord and her family and friends more than words can say. She was kind hearted and funny and could fry the best flounder you ever tasted. She had the most endearing Newfoundland accent that was just a pleasure to your ears and the most beautiful deep blue eyes that you have ever seen. She loved a good, hot cup of tea and could find meat in places on a lobster that you didn’t know existed. Although she loved our country she never, ever forgot her Canadian roots.

She loved all animals, but was especially fond of her little Pomeranians, particularly her last one, Skipper who she called her little man. She enjoyed playing Bingo and “the one arm Bandit”. In fact, she enjoyed playing slots so much that she and her best friend “Goosie” would go without food and sleep to sit at the slot machines for hours on end.

Theresa had a wonderful life. She was loved by so many and she loved so many. She was blessed with wonderful family and friends who were blessed to have her in their lives.

Theresa passed peacefully on May 20, 2020 with her daughter Mary by her side. She passed at Westmoreland Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her Parents Chesley Cluett and Mary Osborne Cluett, her husband of 57 years John “Johnny” W. Rice, Jr., two brother, James Cluett and Manuel Cluett, two sisters Emily Cluett and Lillian Cluett.

Theresa is survived by her son John David Rice of Knoxville, her daughter Mary Elaine Rice and her “like a daughter” Cristi Moser of Louisville, TN. Theresa leaves behind to mourn five sisters Helen Chafe (Bob), Alice Snook, Margaret Ellsworth (John), Violet Cluett, Mary Hillier (Max), three brother, Louis Cluett, Chesley Cluett (Mary), Leslie Cluett (Donna), many nieces and nephews and her dear friend Mary Goosie of Knoxville.

The family would like to thank UT Hospice for their care especially Jordan and Gavin. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in loving memory of Theresa.

There will be a visitation at convenience at Berry Highalnd Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37919 Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 11am to 2:30pm. Due to Covid 19 the family will hold a private family graveside at Berry Highland Memorial. The service will be available to view on Facebook Live at Highland Memorial Park Funerals and Cremations Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 3pm. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com

Services

  • Call of Convenience

    samedi, 23 mai , 2020

  • Graveside Service

    samedi, 23 mai , 2020

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William and Iris Cluett (and family)

mai 30, 2020

We would like to express our sincere condolences to the Rice family, and all those who loved and cared for Theresa.

Love from William, Iris and the Cluett family.
Halifax, NS

Teresa Speer Rice

mai 24, 2020

I was blessed to be a part of The Rice family for many years and to this day I can still hear Mrs Rice talk to me with her beautiful “Newfie” accent. She shared her belief and love of Jesus Christ with all who would hear, and I was also blessed to be one of them. One of her special Pomeranians, Reebok, was a special little friend to me, and I doggie sat him whenever she and Mr. Rice traveled. I could go on and on with things I learned from both of them. Somehow, the world was a better place with them here and my heart is now a little more broken. My heartfelt condolences to Dave and Mary and to all who were as fortunate as I to have known Mrs. Rice. I’m certain she has already checked in on Eric who was there awaiting her arrival.

Chesley Cluett

mai 24, 2020

David , Mary and family.
My deepest Sympathy to you all. So hard to think my oldest sister has gone to be with the Lord. She had a contagious laugh and she could say anything to me no matter what. Loved it when she was down home and we were there for a holiday too.
She is flying with the Angels now and with her Loved ones that's gone on before. Rest Easy my Sister until we meet again.
May God comfort you all as you go through this nost difficult time . Take care and God Bless !! Uncle Ches and Aunt Mary.

audrey hughes

mai 23, 2020

Theresa, I will miss our playful bantering and heartfelt talks. However, I know that there was a spectacular reunion in Heaven when God, Johnny your moma, and dad welcomed you! I'm sure Skipper and all your other babies were there too.
Till we meet again, I love you, Audrey

Edna Ashmead

mai 22, 2020

Sorry to here of the passing of Thresa. We were Next door neighbors going up. Edna ( Cluett)

Melita Saunders ( Cluett)

mai 22, 2020

Thinking of your family at this difficult time . You will be missed my dear friend . I will remember you always and all the laughs we had .

Denika Cluett

mai 22, 2020

Through her own pain of losing her brother, she comforted me, when I lost my dad. The moments and memories you shared with me I will never forget. I will be forever grateful and always cherish our times together and the long phone calls. Her love affair with Johnnie is something that many strive for in life, but few get to experience. A loving mother, a devoted wife and one of the kindest and funniest aunts a girl could hope for. May you find peace in being reunited with loved ones, including Skipper, and always know you will hold a special place in my heart forever. Man’s Baby, Denika xo


Trish Werner

mai 22, 2020

Mary, Cristi and David.... May you find God's comfort in this difficult time. I loved Theresa from the day I met her. She always brought a smile to my face. I will never forget her. Thank you for entrusting me with her care. She was a special lady!

Colette Cluett

mai 22, 2020

To David, Mary and Family - So sorry to hear of Aunt Maudie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May the tears wash away your sorrow leaving beautiful memories to shine. Take Care. Colette, Denika and Alfreda Cluett

Jerry Wagner

mai 22, 2020

I lived in Knoxville for 48 years, during that 48 years I came to know Teresa through Brakebill Nsg. Home selling her medical supplies. We shared so much together and I felt I could talk to her about anything. Ironically we learned that John and I were on the same military base in Savannah Ga., Hunter Army Airfield, John was in the Air Force and I was in the Army. Another of life's coincidences were that Mary and my wife Marie Greer were the best of friends since Nursing School, which enabled us to continue our friendship for the rest of her life. I will miss you my 2nd Mother.

Love You Forever
Jerry Wagner

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