Joni Trice

December 7, 1928January 5, 2013

Wanda Kimbrell Trice, 84, of Midland passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Wanda, who was known to her friends as Joni, was born on December 7, 1928, in Glenwood, MO. She was her high school’s valedictorian and went on to achieve her BA degree at Truman College in Missouri, and completed graduate work in journalism at Iowa State University. After college graduation, she was a journalist for the Lovington Leader newspaper in New Mexico. Joni was also a high school teacher for ten years, she inspired in many students a love for poetry. She served as the director for the Texas Commission on Alcoholism in El Paso, TX. In Midland, TX she enjoyed her work at Barnes & Noble for twenty years helping people find just the right book. Her hobbies included: avid reader, enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, and international travel.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James F. Trice of Midland, TX; daughter, Laura McCullar and her husband Eddie McCullar of Nashville, TN; grandson, Trice McCullar of Nashville, TN; daughter, Jane Trice of Nashville, TN and sister Elsie Williams of Ames, IA.

A memorial service has been scheduled at 10:00am Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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January 9, 2013

What a loving neighbor for over 25 years, Going to miss you taking care of your flowers.
Bo & Ann

Cherie Adams

January 9, 2013

Eddie, Laura, Jane, Trice and Mr. Trice,

As you grieve, know that we are remembering you.
We wish we could gather the right words to make your pain less and offer you some comfort, just know that you and your family are always in our prayers.
With Heartfelt Condolences and love,
Jeff, Cherie, Jessica and Alli

Linda Haddad

January 9, 2013

Laura and Jane,

I am praying for comfort for you girls and your Father. What a beautiful tribute to her and the love that all of you have for each other.

January 9, 2013

Thinking of you at this sad time. My thoughts, love and prayers are with you. I will miss her smile and those beautiful flowers that she grew with such care for all of her neighbors to enjoy. I visited w/her a Manor Park and ask her why she did not have her picture of her grandson, Trice, by her bed. She smiled so big and said, "He is so handsome that I am afraid someone may take it". Her family came first. Blessings, Janice (Midland)

January 9, 2013

Laura and Jane -- thank you for sharing those wonderful photos. She was clearly a woman who was admired and loved by many. It's no wonder you are both such remarkable people.

With Sympathy,
Deborah Brannan (Nashville, TN)

Elaine Dunlap

January 9, 2013

To Jim, sending my deepest sympathy.

Kendra May

January 8, 2013

Life is eternal, love is immortal and death is only a horizon...of course I can't sing it like Carly Simon...but I believe those lyrics and that sentiment and know that Joni has made it beyond the horizon. Godspeed Joni. Our condolences to the Trice and McCullar families. XOXO, Kendra, Addison, Natalie, Adrienne & Margot May

January 8, 2013

To Laura, Jane, Trice, Eddie and Mr. Trice,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I knew your mother was a wonderful lady-watching your face light up when you would talk about her and from all the stories you have shared with me, Laura. I never knew what an influence she was on her community, as well. I know you all were so proud your "mom, grandmother, wife" and will miss her deeply. We wish we could be there with you all and love you. Rejoice in Her Memory.
The Nickels Family
Scott, Kelly, McCall & Lowery
Nashville, TN

Eddie McCullar

January 8, 2013

Joni was a loving, caring grandma to our son Trice. She will be missed so much. Trice sends his love to Grandpa Jim.