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In Memory of

Helen Rice

July 31, 1923 - September 14, 2017

Obituary


Helen Hughes Rice entered heaven in the earliest hour of September 14, 2017, at the age of 94. She was born Helen Hood Prince, July 31, 1923. Helen was the eldest daughter of seven children. She was a graduate of Greensboro College and received her Masters Degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She married Rev. Miles Preston Hughes, Jr. in 1946. They served in the Northern Alabama and Western North Carolina conferences of the United Methodist Church for 28 years. As a Methodist minister's wife she was, at times, pianist, choir director, soloist...

Helen Hughes Rice entered heaven in the earliest hour of September 14, 2017, at the age of 94. She was born Helen Hood Prince, July 31, 1923. Helen was the eldest daughter of seven children. She was a graduate of Greensboro College and received her Masters Degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She married Rev. Miles Preston Hughes, Jr. in 1946. They served in the Northern Alabama and Western North Carolina conferences of the United Methodist Church for 28 years. As a Methodist minister's wife she was, at times, pianist, choir director, soloist and women's ministry leader. They had six children, four of whom survive. Helen taught first and second grades in Ramseur and Charlotte public schools with her teaching career spanning 25 years. She was widowed at the early age of 50. When she retired from teaching, she moved to Lake Junaluska where she owned a home. It was there she met Wayne Kindell Rice from Wanatah, Indiana. They were married in 1996, and Helen's family grew much larger. Helen and Wayne lived in Indiana, but visited Lake Junaluska often. They also traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe and on cruises in the Caribbean. Helen was again widowed in 2006 and moved back to Lake Junaluska. She continued to stay in touch with her Rice, Hughes and Prince family members, knitting Christmas stockings for each family member and some friends (numbering in the hundreds) and singing "Happy Birthday" over the phone. It was with delight that friends and family returned the favor on her birthdays, especially when they could not be present to celebrate!

Helen arrived at Well·Spring's Independent Living in January, 2014. She enjoyed participating in swimming, ping pong, Scrabble, bridge, chorus, the writing group and the many programs and services offered. She especially enjoyed the birthday/reunions coordinated by George and the Well-Spring staff. Getting family together was her greatest joy.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Hugh W and Helen Hood Prince; two brothers, Hugh, Jr. and George Prince; one sister, Ida Prince Nelson; husband Miles Preston Hughes, Jr., an infant daughter, son, William (Bill) Prince Hughes and second husband, Wayne Kindell Rice and his eldest son, Don. She is survived by four children: Miles Preston Hughes, III (Leanore), Helen Hughes Gordon (Rick), Marian Hughes Sherrill (Butch) and Paul Lee Hughes (Lucy); nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with two more on the way. She is also survived by three Rice step-sons, Cliff, Gary, Scott and their families.

Helen enjoyed music (piano, autoharp, singing), bridge and writing (especially her poems). She found great comfort in her lifelong faith in God, our Heavenly Father; his son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. She would wish this same level of comfort for those she held so dear.

A memorial service for Helen Rice will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 23, 2017, in the Richardson Auditorium at Well·Spring Retirement Community, 4100 Well Spring Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Well·Spring Benevolence Fund, 4100 Well Spring Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 or Longs Chapel United Methodist Church, 133 Old Clyde Road, Waynesville, NC 28785, in memory of Helen Hughes Rice.