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Appalachian Funeral Services
Wednesday December 30th, 2020
3:00pm - 3:30pm

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Nancy Ferdie Rice

To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Nancy Ferdie (Passmore) Rice, age 76 of Sylva NC, ran to Jesus on Monday, December 28, 2020.   She was born on September 18, 1944, in Franklin NC, to the late Dewey and Mae (nee Alexander) Passmore.

She loved the Lord and was active at the church in every community she belonged to.  Nancy enjoyed fishing, the arts, painting, the outdoors, and wearing hats and cowboy boots; but her favorite passion was spending time with her family and friends. She was known by her grandchildren as Ma, and her great-grandchildren as MeeMa.

Nancy will be dearly missed by her children, Melissa Ledford (Sean Bryson), Lynn (John) Rotan, Stephen (April) Rice; sister, Jean Chapman; grandchildren, Clarissa (Brandon) Cope, Christon (Jackie) Rice, Dylan (Lindsey) Rice, Cody Rice, Olivia Rice; many great-grandchildren; and special friend, Laurel Dills.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, William Earvin Rice; son, William “Bill” Earvin Rice, Jr; sister, Georgia (Tom) Jackson; grandsons, Jeremy Stewart, Chase Rice; and brother-in-law, Hubert Chapman.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Nancy's memory to: Four Seasons Hospice 571 S Allen Rd Flat Rock NC 28731.   

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva NC. A Memorial Service for Nancy will take place at 3:00pm, Wednesday, December 30, at the funeral home chapel.

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Aunt Nancy you were one special lady and you will be truly missed! I love you so much! FLY HIGH SWEET ANGEL!!!!

Beverly Rice Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Nancy Rice

Beverly Rice Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

meemaw, you were the best great grandmother and if it werent for you i wouldnt know how to play all those card games and clean any house to perfection. Tell daddy how much we miss and love him. Games wont be the same without you now you wont have to miss one! Me and mahalah will miss you more than anything you were one of the strongest women I know and I will continue to be strong and spread the word just like you would want me to. Fly high my meemaw!

charlotte sherrill Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

Mama we miss you so much, you were a gift and I know how hard a year you have had I will treasure God bringing you, Melissa, Stephen and I a gift of time and the most precious memories! You were the perfect mom! The celebration you are having now we wouldnt wish you back and so we look forward to reuniting with you, one sweet day! I love you mama!

Lynn Rotan Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM