Emma Evelyn "Spurgeon" Rice, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at St. Luke's Nursing Center. Evelyn was born April 14, 1932, in Carthage, Mo., to Ross Spurgeon and Hester May "Harrill" Spurgeon.
Evelyn was a homemaker. She moved to California in June 1957 and returned to Carthage in December 1994.
Evelyn was united in marriage to Floyd Melvin Rice on December 23, 1948, in Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death December 20, 2013.
Evelyn is survived by three sons, Joe Rice and wife, Jerri, of Carthage, James Rice and wife, Carolyn, of Hawthorn, Calif., and William Rice and wife, Monica, of Golden City, Mo.; two daughters, Diana Bjorklund and husband, Richard, of Joplin, and Debra Ann Rice, of Carthage; one sister, Julie Isaac, of Austin, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Evelyn was preceded in death by one grandson, Charles Everett Rice; three sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, May 5, at Ulmer Funeral Home. Burial will be at Paradise Cemetery, in Jasper.
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Published on May 4, 2017