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Phyllis A. Rice
01/03/1933 — 10/12/2023
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Phyllis A. Rice
Phyllis Azalea (Turner) Rice, 90, passed away on Thursday October 12, 2023 at Morning Star Senior Living located in Boise, Idaho. Phyllis was the only daughter of Raymond and Garnett (Stewart) Turner. Phyllis had four brothers, Robert, Edward, Jack and Donald Turner. In 1951, Phyllis met and married Harry Sr. and moved to Richland, WA from Missouri. The next year, 1952, on Mothers Day Phyllis and Harry were blessed with a son, Harry Dale Rice Jr. She was a homemaker for many years. As time passed, she took a job with the Richland School District working in the cafeteria. She helped make many cinnamon rolls and chili. She later retired from the school district. For many years the family lived on Potter St in Richland, eventually growing out of their small house, Phyllis and Harry Sr. moved to a ranch house on Humphreys St. in Richland across the street from their son Harry and daughter-in-law Lynne.
Phyllis enjoyed gardening, country music, antiquing, red roses and rhododendrons. She made the best spaghetti casserole ever. She was also an avid reader. Probably her favorite author was Mary Higgins Clark. There were many vacations taken to the Oregon coast. She loved the sound of the ocean. Like her husband, the hunt for the perfect agate was performed every time we all went to the coast. We were chased by the surf many times to get to that one gleaming agate shining in the surf.
It was said that if Harry and Lynne ever moved to Boise, Phyllis would go too and that’s what we did. We all moved to Boise, Idaho.
Phyllis was preceded in death by husband Harry, her parents, Raymond and Garnett Turner, her brothers Robert, Jack and Donald. She is also survived by her son Harry Jr. and daughter-in-law Lynne, her grandchildren Allison Marie and son-in-law Sean and Kathryn Elizabeth and son-in-law Matthew. She also had four great-grandchildren, Natalie, Decland, Joseph (Joe), and Amaya.
The family would like to thank the Keystone Hospice staff for overseeing Phyllis’ care and the many people who helped Phyllis at Morning Star Senior Living.
“A light from our household is gone, a voice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant in our hearts that never can be filled.”
Phyllis will be greatly missed.
Donations can be made to Hospice where they provide excellent attention and care.
I didn’t know Mrs. Rice, but I knew her son Harry, he was a friend in High School. My deepest sympathy at her passing.
The Rice family was a part of my youth at First Baptist Church in Richland. Rest and we will meet on the other side
Phyllis: never met you, directly. But, like every student that was blessed to have a hot lunch at a Richland school…those cinnamon rolls on Thursdays were a special reason our schools were the best. THANK YOU!
Rest in peace, Phyllis. My grandma Colene’s best friend, we’ve heard stories and updates about you for as long as I can remember. Thank you for your friendship. She loved you!
I am so sorry to hear that Phyllis passed. She was my grandma’s (Colene Rhodes’) best friend for over 60 years and I loved that they stayed in touch until the very end.
Hugs to the family.