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Obituary for Shelby Rice

April 1, 1942 - September 3, 2020
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 78

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Friend


Shelby J. Rice (nee Morris), 78 of Avon Lake, formerly of Mentor, OH passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020. She was born April 1, 1942 in Ridgely, TN to parents Willie B. and Dorothy (nee Watts) Morris.

Shelby was a supervisor for the GM plant in Parma for 30 years. She was a member of the Church of the Open Door in Avon Lake; a member of the Lillies of the Valley Widow's group at church. She enjoyed time with her ladies, "The Fab Four", Sharon, Diane and Beverly. They traveled together, walked at the lake and enjoyed concerts at Miller Park. Above all, Shelby loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with them.

She is survived by her loving children Gary (Verna) Baggett, Denise (Michael) Signor; dear step-children Lorraine (Greg) Smilok, Larry Rice, John (Kate) Rice and JoAnn (Tim) Vlach; cherished grandchildren Janine (Brian) Manternach, Melissa (Anthony) Romero, Holly Signor, Brandy (Andrew Schmidt) Signor-Schmidt; 9 step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren Ella, Zayden and Kylie and 5 step-great-grandchildren; siblings Loften (Irene) Morris and Margaret Ackerly.

She is preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband Lawrence Rice; sister Wanda Griggs and step-daughter Jackqulin Thomas.

Memorial contributions may be forwarded to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

Friends may call for a visitation with social distancing on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Busch Funeral Home 163 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012. Services will be held on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 3:00pm at Church of the Open Door 43275 Telegraph Rd, Elyria, OH 44035. Private inurnment to be held at Mentor Municipal Cemetery at a later date. 440.933.3202

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163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
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