dorothy riceBeloved, precious Dorothy June Shell Rice, 84, of Nicoma Park, Okla., went home to Jesus on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Dorothy was born June 3, 1931, in Oklahoma City, to Minnie (Davis) and Ray Watkins. On December 22, 1953, Dorothy married Richard "Dick" Shell who passed on November 30, 1984. Afterwards, Dorothy took care of Rosa Lea, her surviving mother-in-law, like a daughter would her own mother. Members of their church affectionately called them "Ruth and Naomi" from passages in the Bible. On August 24, 1998, Dorothy married the second love of her life, Warren "Dub" Rice. He passed on January 29, 2015. Dorothy graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1948, and worked for Dr. Don O"Donoghue for 40 years, serving as his personal medical assistant, transcriptionist, and secretary. She also worked with her husband, Dick, in his overhead crane and monorail business until his death. She resided in Nicoma Park where she was a long-time, faithful member of Nicoma Park First Baptist Church. Throughout periods of her life, Dorothy served as Sunday School teacher and member of various church committees. For the last 20 years or more, she served on the church benevolence committee, coordinating and working hard to provide meals and comfort to her church family in their times of loss. Dorothy also enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, reading, puzzles and dogs. Dorothy"s sweet, giving nature made her a favorite to many family and friends. Her home was welcome to all and the center of many family activities. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, family member and friend. She was wise and amazingly capable, yet reserved and humble. She loved deeply and never wavered in her kindness, charity and loving support. As Dorothy celebrates in heaven, she leaves us with cherished memories and a legacy of compassion and grace. She was known to her grandchildren, many family members and friends as "Dot." Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and both of her loving husbands. She is survived by her son Rick (wife Raquel) Shell of Missouri City, TX and daughter Terri Barton of Larned, KS; stepchildren Sharon (husband Jay) Copeland of Choctaw, OK, Greg (wife Betsy) Rice of Aberdeen, MD, and Jana (husband Nelson) Ketch of Stockholm, ME; grandchildren Leslie (fiance Greg), Drew, Ricky and Kevin Shell, Bradley and Matthew Barton; step-grandchildren Megan (husband Ray) Williams, Brent and Robin Rice, Wendy (husband Zach) Brown, Cindy (husband Christopher) McEndarfer, 5 very special great grandchildren, 4 sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts in her, so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy".... Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." Proverbs 31:10-20, 25-31. Viewing for relatives will be Friday, December 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home in Midwest City. The funeral service will be Saturday, December 19, at 10:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Nicoma Park, OK. Graveside will be 1:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 8701 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 398, Nicoma Park, OK 73066. 12/19/2015 10:00 AM Funeral First Baptist Church Nicoma Park 1931 Nichols Dr Nicoma Park OK 73066 12/19/2015 01:30 PM Graveside Chapel Hill Cemetery Oklahoma City OK 73110
Beloved, precious Dorothy June Shell Rice, 84, of Nicoma Park, Okla., went home to Jesus on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Dorothy was born June 3, 1931, in Oklahoma City, to Minnie (Davis) and Ray Watkins. On December 22, 1953, Dorothy married Richard "Dick" Shell who passed on November 30, 1984. Afterwards, Dorothy took care of Rosa Lea, her surviving mother-in-law, like a daughter would her own mother. Members of their church affectionately called them "Ruth and Naomi" from passages in the...
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