Ellen Rice, 87, of Beebe, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Searcy. She was born on February 5, 1931, in Griffithville, Arkansas, to the late Thomas M. Lee Sr. and Nancy Carol Dew Lee.
She was a long time member of the Dogwood Methodist Church, in Griffithville. She enjoyed fishing, camping, and quilting but most of all loved being a babysitter. She had a special love for children. In 2018 she was named 2018 Valentine Queen at Beebe Retirement Center.
Ellen is survived by two sisters; Vera Worthern and Irene Badgley; a nephew Wayne Lee (Carolyn) of Cabot, two nieces Debbie Weaver and Nancy Worthern; she is also survived by seven other nephews and two more nieces as well as a host of friends and family.
She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, William Clayton Rice and their infant son Randall Clayton Rice, a brother and a sister.
The family would like to thank the staff at Beebe Retirement Center for the loving care they showed to Ellen.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 11that 9:00 A.M. at Dogwood United Methodist Church in Griffithville. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 A.M. at the church with interment to follow at Dogwood Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.