Wanalene Rice
Sunday
12
December

Visitation

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Hadley Funeral Home
405 East Benton St.
Windsor, Missouri, United States
(660) 647-2125
Monday
13
December

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, December 13, 2021
Windsor United Methodist Church
216 S Main St
Windsor, Missouri, United States
Monday
13
December

Interment

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Monday, December 13, 2021
Laurel Oak Cemetery
501 Poplar Dr.
Windsor, Missouri, United States

Obituary of Wanalene Rice

Wanalene Marion Rice, 83, of Windsor, Missouri, died Tuesday evening, December 7, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Care Center, Cole Camp, MO, surrounded by family. She was born December 3, 1938, in Sedalia, MO, the daughter of Joe M. Sumners and Fyrn Virginia (Burnett) Sumners. On August 16, 1958, she married Richard Hue Rice in Kansas City, MO, who preceded her in death on October 25, 2020. Wanalene spent her early childhood outside Lincoln, MO before her family moved West to follow the wheat harvest. They continued West to the state of Oregon where her father worked in the logging industry and on to Washington where the entire family harvested fruit and vegetable crops. They returned to the Lincoln area for most of her teen age years, before moving to Kansas City, MO. There she graduated from Center High School 1956. After high school, she worked for BMA in Kansas City as a typist until she and Richard were married, and then worked for Secretary of State James Kirkpatrick at the Windsor Review newspaper in Windsor, MO. She later started her own business operating a hair salon in downtown Windsor after attending and graduating from beautician school. In 1971, she left the beauty salon to raise her children, spend more time with family, and farm full time with Richard. She was a long-time member of the Windsor United Methodist Church and was very generous with her time to help serve the church in any way she could. She held positions on many church committees over the years, including the United Methodist Women organization. Through this organization, she helped prepare many meals at the church, raise money to support the church’s missions, and also served as a preschool teacher. She was an Eldorado 4-H Club leader where she taught her children and others life skills and was a member of the Bryson Extension Club. She was active in following her children’s school activities and sports events. She enjoyed gardening and canning fruits and vegetables, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She cooked a large meal for the farm hands and family every single day for about 40 years. Making everything from scratch, she was an excellent cook. She and Richard had a wonderful group of friends that enjoyed playing cards and having get togethers over the years. She also had a close group of neighbors that were always willing to help each other. She spent much time with her grandchildren, attending their many sports and music events, and other school activities. Wanalene loved her grandchildren dearly and simply loved spoiling them. Survivors include 3 children, Rhonda Scott (Dennis), Windsor, MO, Brenda Thompson (Lou), Wentzville, MO, Michael Rice (Teresa), Windsor, Mo.; 5 grandchildren, Sarah Formen (Chris), Travis Scott, Trenton Scott (Tiffani), Peyton Rice, and Megan Rice; 4 brothers and sisters, Mary Lou McDaniel, Warsaw, MO, William Sumners (Sylvia), Stover, MO, Marsha Mersman (Al), Windsor, MO, and Dennis Sumners (Mary), Lincoln, MO; and several nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Forrest and Lena Lou Rice; infant siblings, Lela Elizabeth and Harold Eugene; 2 brothers, Jacob Charles “JC” and Franklin Delano; a sister, Rita Faye Malecki and her husband John; and brother-in-law, Don McDaniel. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 13, 2021 at the Windsor United Methodist Church with Pastor Pete Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends Sunday, December 12, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to the Windsor United Methodist Church or the Laurel Oak Cemetery and may be left in care of the funeral home.
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