The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


August 21, 2013

Delores D. 'Tooty' Rice

Delores D. “Tooty” Rice, 89, of Georgetown, passed away at 1:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Pleasant Meadows Christian Village, Chrisman.

She was born Nov. 20, 1923, in Veedersburg, Ind., the daughter of James O. and Mary E. Reid Hayes, both deceased. She was united in marriage to William F. Rice Sr. in November 1942 until his passing on Aug. 14, 1987.

She is survived by her sons, William “Bill” Rice Jr. of Georgetown and Daniel Rice of Tyler, Texas; her grandchildren, Karen Rice of Georgetown, Michael Rice of Mattoon and John (Melinda) Rice of Clever, Mo.; her great-grandchildren, Lauren Rice, Aaron Rice and Allison Rice, all of Clever; and brother, George Hayes of Helendale, Calif. She was preceded in death by her brother, Oren “O.D.” Hayes.

Delores worked for GE in Danville, retiring in 1974 after 21 years. She was a member of the First Church of Christ since 1955 and of the Dan-GE’s. She enjoyed volunteering at the Georgetown Fair for many years, as well as Pleasant Meadows Christian Village. She also served on the Georgetown High School Booster Club.

In her spare time, she enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, plastic canvas needlepoint, and she especially enjoyed making Christmas ornaments. Delores was an avid gardener and fisherman.

A celebration of Delores’ life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Phil Miller and Pastor James Blue officiating. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Friday prior to her service at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in her name to Pleasant Meadows Christian Village. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

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