Obituary - Oct. 8, 2016

Magdalena Rice, 92, of Van Buren passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Mercy Crest Assisting Living in Barling. Magdalena’s life and love was her family and she was a caregiver to many who passed from death to new life in Christ Jesus. She was a homemaker and she enjoyed employment at Kay Chair and Alma Canning in Van Buren. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren, crocheting and flower and vegetable gardening. She was a former religious education instructor and a past member of St. Michael’s Altar Society. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Rice; her parents, John and Theresa (Fisher) Klein; one sister, Frances Klein; three brothers, twins Joseph and Andrew Klein and Adam Klein.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Brooks and husband Bob of Shawnee, Okla,; five sons, Edward Rice and wife Pat of Kosciusko, Miss., John Rice Sr and wife Mary Basha of Van Buren, James Rice and wife Deannie of Oklahoma City and Joseph and Anthony Rice, both of Van Buren; two sisters, Peggy Holsti and husband Art of Bismarck, N.D., and Catherine Traxinger of Bulah, N.D.; one brother, Anton Klein and wife Julie of Mandan, N.D.; 11 grandchildren, Melody Brooks-Bass, Magdalena Ramsey, Alison Henson, Susan Downing, Sarah Buckley, Christopher and Justin Brooks, Jason, James Eric, David and John Rice Jr.; 22 great-grandchildren, Tansy, Myra and Keilee Brooks, Brianna Hair, Gracie Joyner, Katie, Madison and Savannah Rice, Mia and Lily Downing; Austin Ramsey, Brooks, Sam, Tucker, Coy and Dawson Rice, Zackery, Nickolas and Jakob Henson, Hayden and Brock John Rice and Jameson Buckley.

Rosary and visitation with family and friends will be at 6-8 p.m. Monday at Ocker Funeral Home. 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.

Funeral mass service will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be John Rice Sr., Ed Rice, Joe Rice, Tony Rice, Charles Henson and Bob Brooks.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church 1025 Pointer Trail, Van Buren, AR 72956.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.