Vona Rice, 85, Melvern: Nov. 13, 1930 – Aug. 27, 2016

MELVERN, Kan. – Vona Rice, 85, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at the Sunset Manor, Waverly, Kan. She was born on Nov. 13, 1930, in Ottawa, Kan., the only child of Claude and Ida Randel Rea.

Vona grew up in Williamsburg, Kan., and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1947. She had lived in Melvern, Kan., for many years and had been in Waverly for the last five years.

Vona became a licensed practical nurse in 1976, and worked at Hilltop Nursing Home, in Lyndon, Kan., for many years. She was a member of the Melvern United Methodist Church and the Entre Nous Club in Melvern.

On Jan. 31, 1948, Vona was married to Dean Rice, in Lyndon.

Vona was preceded in death by her husband, Dean, on Jan. 12, 2011; an infant son, Johnnie Dean Rice, and by her parents, Claude and Ida.

Vona is survived her four daughters, Linda (John) Fellers, Melvern, Jeannie (Brad) Brownlee, Wichita, Kan., Lori (Larry) Privat, Melvern, and Janis Fenwick, Topeka, Kan.; and nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with a great-grandson on the way.

Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melvern Community Center, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.


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