Mary Lou Rice


Mary Lou (Mills) Rice was born Jan. 5, 1944, in Enid, Okla., to Eugene and Ruby Mills. She grew up in Tonkawa, Okla., and attended school in Tonkawa, graduating from Tonkawa High School in 1962, as class valedictorian. She attended N.O.C. for two years before transferring to O.U., graduating from O.U. In 1966, with a degree in Music Education.
Mary Lou taught music in Arlington, Texas, for 71/2 years. In 1967, she married the most blessed man in the world, John Rice of Edmond, Okla. John also has music degrees, and together, they served churches in Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma as minister of music and organist or pianist. Together, Mary Lou and John Rice also were realtors in Edmond for 22 years, while serving a church part time.
Mary Lou moved to Heaven on June 26, 2019, after a hard fought battle with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Miles and Joe Mills.
She is survived by her husband, John Rice; and a son, Brett Rice and his wife, Lisa; and grandsons, Kyle, Tyler and Brady. She is also survived by a second son, Shawn Rice, and a granddaughter, Brooklyn. She is survived by a host of friends.
For decades, Mary Lou battled a rare immune system disorder called CREST Syndrome. For the past nine months, she has bravely battled cancer.
The memorial service will be 11 a.m., July 8, 2019, at Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14613 N. May Ave., Edmond, Okla.
If you choose, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to, 15660 E. Camino Dorotea, Vail, AZ 85641, and/or The Bill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Rd., Murfreesboro, TN 37128. Gifts to both Christian ministries are tax deductible.
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Published on July 3, 2019
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