Rice, Mary “Gussie”

Mary Augusta “Gussie” Rice, 98, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at Sears Nursing Home, Abilene, Texas.

She was born Sept. 29, 1907, in Marcelina, Texas, to Leonard and Ella Smith Houck.

After graduating from high school in County Line, Texas, she married Lawrence Rice. She lived in Texas until 1950 when her family moved to Lovington. Following her husband’s death in 1967, she moved to Roswell. She won awards for china painting, and liked to frequent restaurants and shop, family members said. She resided in Abilene for 12 years, and lived at Sears Heritage Place, Sears Assisted Care and Sears Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her son, Pete, who died in 1992, and her only grandson, Mike Naranjo, who died in 2003.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Naranjo Scholarship Fund in Roswell and Hospice of the Big Country in Abilene.

Arrangements are by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, Abilene.