GAINESVILLE - Rhonda Victoria “Vickie” Forrester Rice, 60, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 1, 2011, following an extended illness.
She was born on February 12, 1951 the daughter of the late B.D. and Hazel Forrester. She attended and graduated from South Hall High School. After graduation Vickie went to work for the Big Star Food Store, where she stayed for 20 years before becoming an associate with Home Depot for 17 years. Vickie was of the Baptist denomination and attended Free Chapel Worship Center. Mrs. Rice was preceded in death by brothers, Rickey Forrester and Sandy Forrester; and a sister and brother-in-law, J.T. and Sharon Gresham.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Hugh Rice, Gainesville; stepdaughters and husbands, Sherrie and John Ripley, and Donna and James Mercer; stepson and wife, Jamie and Ronni Rice; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and John Buffington; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Forrester; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sam and Charlotte Forrester, Jerry and Jane Forrester, Phil and Vickie Forrester; brothers, Edd Forrester and Ben Forrester; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan and Joann Rice; sisters-in-law, Jane Tidwell, Judy Odom and Ann Donehoo; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rue Nell and Richard Pair and Peggy and Mac Hughes; seven stepgrandchildren; nine great-step-grandchildren; aunts and uncles, Claudette and Lamar Lathem, Sarah and Charles Garrett, R.L. and Gearldine Savage, Marvin and Annie Jane Savage, Bob Savage and Lewis Savage; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Special thank you to the nurses who cared for her from Hospice of Northeast Georgia, Mary Elizabeth Sever, Haley McAllister, Becky Hooper and Margaret English.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 4, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Bryant and Mr. Jack Sanders officiating. Internment will follow at Memorial Park South Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Saturday, September 3, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
The family will receive flowers or donations may be made to Hospice of Northeast Georgia, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 115, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch, is in charge of arrangements.