Brenda Rice

May 27, 1949 - July 12, 2017

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Brenda Mae (Lawson) Rice, 68, of Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in the Springfield Regional Medical Center surrounded by her family.

She was born May 27, 1949 in Urbana, the daughter of William C. and Kathryn A. (Edwards) Lawson.

Brenda was a 1967 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School. She loved traveling – especially to Florida. One of Brenda’s proudest accomplishments was visiting all 50 states. She enjoyed going to the movies, playing cards, and gardening flowers. Brenda was an animal lover who thought of her pets as part of her family. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, David R. Rice, Jr.; her daughter, Wendy (Marc) Holt of South Vienna; her son, John (Nicki) Pemberton of Naperville, Illinois; her 3 grandchildren, Hillary (Joe) Hamilton of Springfield, Grayson Pemberton of Naperville, IL, and Nick (Amanda) Holt of Springfield; her 3 great grandchildren, Connor Hamilton, Maddie Lou Hamilton, and Jackson Holt, all of Springfield; her brother, Bill (Cindy) Lawson of Lavalette, WV; her niece, Courtney (Dave) Johnson of Huntington, WV; a dear friend, Judy Compton; and her many cousins.

Brenda is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Kathy Brannon.

A memorial gathering will be held from 4-6 PM on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in the SKILLMAN, McDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Association of Champaign County, PO Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio 43078.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Robin and Joe Craft - Jul 14, 2017

John and Wendy and family–We wanted to tell you how very sorry we are about your mom. Please know we are thinking about you and that you will be in our prayers. Robin and Joe

JC - Jul 14, 2017

Dear Rice Family: Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one, Brenda. May you find comfort in the words written at John 6:40, where God promises to bring back to life those we have lost in death by means of a resurrection. In the near future He will also eliminate our enemy, death.(Revelation 21:4) This gives us the wonderful hope of being reunited with our loved ones, forever. Until then, I hope the beautiful memories of Brenda and these promises from God comfort you in the days to come.

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