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Avis Meritta Rice

04/11/1943 - 04/09/2023


Obituary For Avis Meritta Rice

Avis Meritta ‘Rita’ Rice, 79, of Brevard, NC, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 9th, 2023, with family by her side.

Meritta was born in Tuckasegee, NC on April 11, 1943 to the late James S. Prince and Eva A. West. She graduated from Cullowhee High School, Cullowhee, NC in 1961. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Clara Bell, Naomi Elaine, Glenda Sue and James Bill.

Meritta married Loyde O. Rice on November 29th, 1963. The couple began their lives together in Cashiers, NC before moving to Brevard, NC for work and to raise their family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Loyde; and two sons, Jeffery O. Rice (Douglas Haynes) of Crystal Lake, IL, and Kenneth R. Rice (Renee Owen) of Brevard, NC. She is also survived by other devoted family, including many nieces and nephews and their respective families.

Meritta was a spiritual and faithful Christian. She adored her WNC mountain home and the natural world around her. She enjoyed long walks, bird watching, rock hounding, and gardening. She also enjoyed reading and solving puzzles. She was a talented seamstress and also shared her creative side through crafting, drawing and some creative writing.

She is remembered for her love of and devotion to family, especially in times of need. She is also remembered for her dependability, fierce loyalty, and proud independence.

A Celebration of Life will be held later this year and communicated to family and friends, as appropriate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) in Meritta’s memory. Donations may also be made by clicking on the green link provided.

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  • 04/25/2023

    Mom and I are saddened to hear of Mrs. Rice's passing. Prayers to the family. Linda and Stacy

  • 04/14/2023

    She was a wonderful soul and always so sweet. I'm blessed to have known her . She will be dearly missed . Love Hailey , Jeanette and Arvil

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