Sunday, March 20, 2016

Olbituary - Kathy Sue Rice

Kathy Sue Rice
 Kathy Sue Rice

The funeral service for Kathy will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri. Officiating at the service will be Brother Herbert Lawson.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2016 preceding the service from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri.

The family suggests any memorial donations be made to Crossroads Hospice or Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Kathy Sue Rice passed away peacefully at her mother’s home in Kansas City, Missouri at 55 years of age on March 17th 2016. She was one of five children born to James Vernon and Mary Kathryn (Allis) Bryant in Appleton City, Missouri on October 25th, 1960.

Kathy spent her formative years in Kansas City, Missouri. She then moved to Appleton City with her family where she graduated from high school in 1979. After completing her education she returned to Kansas City, where she worked as an administrative assistant in the principal’s office of the school district for 17 years. Kathy later changed careers and was employed as a shipping associate for Musician’s Friend ensuring the safe passage of many instruments within the community. Aside from her career, she welcomed her only child and light of her life, Katie, into the world in 1983.

Faith always maintained a significant place in her life and she remained an active member of Church God “Holiness” for many decades. Enjoying the reputation of an excellent storyteller, she entertained friends and family with a witty personality and wonderful sense of humor. Kathy’s grandchildren, however, proved the most celebrated part of her life. No other thing was as important to her as Addie, Harrison, and Cami. “Mimi” regularly made trips with them to Worlds of Fun, the zoo, and shopping throughout the metro area. An avid writer, Kathy composed numerous poems and even a book chronicling the birth of her granddaughter. She was also in the process of composing other works for her grandchildren to read. Apart from her skill with the pen, Kathy proved an excellent cook, an avid reader of all genres, and an enthusiastic gardener with a remarkable “green thumb.” Rarely did you see Kathy without a book in her hands and grandkids by her side.

Kathy was preceded in death by her “Grampy” Ralph and “Gram” Waneta (Moore) Allis. She is survived by one daughter Katie Rice; her companion Junior Cooper; her parents James and Mary Bryant; grandchildren: Addie, Harrison “hairball,” and Cami; sisters Verna Basham (Dennis), Brenda Lawson, Mary Ellen Stivers; brother: Jimmy Bryant; Nieces and nephews: Waneta Bryant, Clarissa Boxwell, Jennifer Riddle (John), Jennifer Hershberger (Eric), Alicia Quick (Keith), Sharon Mundy (Kyle), Kevin Basham, Richard Lawson, Elizabeth Stivers, Randell Stivers; and many other family members and dear friends. Kathy will be deeply missed by all her friends and family who dearly loved her
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