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Mary Jo (Batie) RiceJanuary 14, 1929 ~ June 24, 2017 (age 88)
Tell City, Indiana –
Mary Jo Rice, 88, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at her home, surrounded by close family and friends.
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 14, 1929, to the late Edward R. and Margaret (Williams) Batie. Also preceding her in death was her husband J.T. Rice, infant son Dennis Harlan Rice, a sister Bernice Miller, and brothers Ray, Al, Ben, and Calvin Batie.
Mary Jo was a 1946 graduate of Tell City High School and had worked at General Electric, retiring in 1973. She loved spending time with family and friends. Mary Jo greatly enjoyed vacationing with her husband JT, and adventures with her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters. She also enjoyed listening to music, being outside, especially swimming and sunbathing. Her interests were dancing, fashion, and the hunt for a good deal.
She is survived by her son Jim Rice, and his wife Kris, Tell City; granddaughters Jamie Rice (husband, Dan Henig) of Portland OR, and Maryann “Poppy” Rice; two great-granddaughters, Ariella and Sasha Henig; two sisters, Blanche DeJarnette, Tampa, FL, and Janice Fry, Eaton Rapids, MI. “Aunt Jo” was a favorite to many nieces and nephews, being their confidant and offering them her positive support.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Jack Masterson will officiate. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 8:00 pm on Wednesday and from 9:00 AM until service time on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Down Syndrome Society.