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Rita Kay Rice

August 1, 1943April 18, 2021
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Rita Kay Rice

77, of Greenwood, Indiana , passed away on April 18, 2021. Rita was born on August 1, 1943 to the late Roy and Minnie Sanders. She worked at Western Electric for many years. She was very creative and had a knack for problem solving and engineering solutions. Rita was as "sweet as sugar" and never met a stranger. She loved spending time with her family. The door to her home was always open and she loved to visit with anyone and everyone that stopped by. She loved her "Porch Therapy" with friends and neighbors. Rita was a member of the Shelby Street Lighthouse Pentecostal Church for many years where she inherited the nickname the "Coffee Queen".

Rita is survived by her son; Victor (Heather) Rice, grandchildren; Jordan Rice, Gavyn Williamson, McKaylynn Williamson, Lauren Rice and Gavin Rice and her siblings; Shirley Sanders-Gambrel, Roy (Mattie) Sanders Jr. and Vonnie Sanders, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband; Lee Roy Rice and siblings; J.B. Sanders, Pearlie Giles, Frank Sanders, Corinnia Sanders-Howe and Ron Sanders.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Shelby Street Lighthouse Pentecostal Church (8620 Shelby St., Indianapolis, Indiana), from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Funeral Services will be held at the church immediately following at 1:00pm.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • Burial

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

Memories

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Norma Riegel

April 25, 2021

She had a heart as big as the out of doors, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. A wonderful lady of God. She has been able to reap her reward and be home to see Jesus.

Mary Sanders Nelson

April 22, 2021

Love you and miss you Rita, Mary Lou

Wanda Slaughter

April 21, 2021

Rita, Leroy and Vic. Were our friends for years. We were together weekley. Music was our big thing.
Leroy used to say , " Rita let's go to bed so these people can go home. Lol. We laughed constantly. Thank God we will be together again. Because of our relationship with Jesus

Clifford Smith

April 20, 2021

When Shirley and me moved to Indianapolis sister Rita was one of the first to give us directions for different places. Shirley and me really loved and appreciated sister Rita's Bible verses that she would post each morning on Facebook. She was a ''coffee queen" for sure

Jennifer Charles

April 20, 2021

We couldn't have asked for a better neighbor. Ms. Rita was the sweetest, loving person. My kids adored her and she adored them. Samantha, Jason, and I will miss Rita very much. Our prayers are with Jordan and the family.

Donna Taylor

April 19, 2021

Prayers for this sweet lady family you will be missed

Sherrie Richards

April 19, 2021

I worked with Rita at Farm Fan she was always smiling pleasant and happy.. may the Light of God shine upon her. ♥️♥️♥️

Shirley Elliott

April 19, 2021

Rita what can I say?? My heart is breaking!!! U have been in my life for as long as I can remember!!! From playing dolls with me,spending summers with me, taking me to church where I made many friends &memories !! Especially the one when everyone had stopped singing & Vic was singing sit down!! Lol whole church was laughing with us!! Also making me and Vic throw our gum away when we would sneak to chew it!!! How she knew ill never know!!! The camping trip,her &Lee Roy bringing my first bike and tv even though all we had was two channels 😂 Being by my side when I lost my mom ,dad&brother who was my world!!!you & Vic were all I had left of my brother!! Now you’re gone!!! But I have Vic &family now so that makes me not feel so alone!!!See u later !!! Hug all of them that u have joined tell them I love them and will join them when Gods ready for me to come home!!! RIP sister-in-law !! I love ❤️ you!!!

Gavin Rice

April 19, 2021

miss Grandma from all of the memories we had together from going to Culver's and goodwill. I miss how she would call me brown eyed handsome man,she thought I didn't like it but I didn't mind it. Grandma loved me so much and I will never forget it. Grandma cared for me and helped me even though she needed it the most she was kind,caring,lovable I will never forget about all the memories and adventures we had. LOVE YOU GRANDMA . You will missed.

Shirley Queen

April 19, 2021

Dear Vic, Lauren, Gavin & Jordan,
We’re so sorry for the loss of your mom and grandmother. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet her! She was so sweet and had a humble spirit, with a gentle and caring way of treating you like family! We are praying for all of you!
Love you all, Mike, Shirley & Hannah

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