Karolyn "Sue" Rice

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September 30, 1940 - February 12, 2019
Born in Joppa, IL
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Karolyn “Sue” Rice of Saint Peters, MO, passed away at the age of 78 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John R. Rice; and her parents, Charles A. Smith and Eva Smith.

Sue is survived by her sister, Margaret Kasper; her nephews and nieces, Bud (Peggy) Kasper, Cheryl (Dave) Dietrich, Steve (Merlina) Fletcher, Deidra (John) Jacobs, Craig (Tracy) Rice, Dawne Soderholm, and Darren Rice; her great-niece-and-nephews, Ryan (Stephanie) Kasper, Brad (Sara) Kasper,  Matt (Currie) Kasper, Jack Kasper, and Katie Kasper; her great-great-nieces-and-nephews, Reese, Riston, Sofia, and Helen; her granddaughter, Ashley (Nathan) Kawalec.

Sue and John were able to travel the world and lived many places during John’s military career. Nascar was a favorite pastime of both. Sue loved cheering on #20, Tony Stewart, whether on television or live at the track. Sue was a member of the Sigma Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi women's business sorority. While living in Wichita Falls, Texas she established many lifelong friendships, worked at the KNIN radio station and at the Reagan Urology Clinic. After John’s retirement from the Airforce Sue and John moved to Saint Peters. Sue went on to work at St. Charles Orthopedic and made many great friends and memories. Sue will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sue’s memory can be made to Mid Rivers Christian Church.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Ellen Story February 13, 2019 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    candle 4I remember when Sue lived with Smithy and Eva while John was in Vietnam. She worked at EEI with my Dad. Sometime she would take my Aunt Saggie and me to Charlies’s Drive Inn in Metropolis. She was always nice and fun to be around. I am sorry to hear of her passing.

  2. Wendy Wilkerson February 13, 2019 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Sue was one of the kindest and most loving people I know.God blessed us with placing Sue in ourlives. Sue had the best laugh and always was thoughtful and willing to help anyone. Sue meant the world to me as a young girl starting out in a new job, she was always my friend and my mentor..I will miss you my friend but I will see you again,until then your memory will always make me smile ❤️…love you dear friend😔😌😘

  3. Kenney Jackson February 14, 2019 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Sue was a wonderful friend and a great “adopted” Mom. She and John shared so much of their lives with us and we are so much better for it. They were the kind of people I strive to be. Thank you for setting such a fine example for the rest of us.
    You will be missed so much. Love you Mom.

  4. Dawne Rice February 14, 2019 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I have few but very fond memories of Aunt Sue and Uncle John, most recently my visit to see them in St. Louis a handful of months before Unk passed. They were most gracious hosts and I had the pleasure of meeting their lovely young lady, Ashley. I will think of them often and say a prayer when I do.

  5. Dawne Rice February 14, 2019 at 11:20 am - Reply

    candle 1I have few but fond memories of Aunt Sue and Uncle John. They were gracious hosts when I made a visit out their way shortly before Uncle John passed and I also had the pleasure of meeting the lovely young Ashley. My thoughts and prayers will be of them, often.

  6. The Bergman Family February 14, 2019 at 11:34 am - Reply

    John n Sue were great, kind, and adorable friends to us and our kids while they lived here. John was supervisor with the telephone company at Mason City Illinois a while after he retired from the military. Sue learned “belly dancing” when they were stationed in Turkey. Yep, that laugh of hers still rings out with memories of her teaching Diane to belly dance. John was Dave’s bestie boss.We loved them and made frequent visits to them when they moved to Missouri. Beautiful people – dearly missed. Heartfelt sadness to the family. Dave n Diane Bergman

  7. Angela kiddy February 14, 2019 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Lighting this candle is like your spirit
    Ms Sue bright and beautiful 🕯

  8. Trina February 14, 2019 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    candle 4Sue was a lovely lady, I worked with her @ St .Charles Orthopedic. She was always so pleasant.
    An Angel in the sky, will be missed on earth.

  9. Judy Travis February 14, 2019 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Sue passing away. Had not seen her for at least 15 years but remember so well sitting in the ice rink at St. Peters Rex Plex and talking to her and John so often as Ashley and my grandaughter skated. My deceased husband and I so enjoyed their company. We always tried to sit with this charming couple. Sue and I were usually too cold but we made it as we loved watching the girls ice skate. My deepest sympathy ro Ashley and the rest of Sue’s friends and family. Sue was one great Lady!

  10. Carol Cosby February 15, 2019 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    candle 1Sweet woman was a blessing to know.

  11. Terry S. Whitlock February 20, 2019 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Dear Ashley, family, and friends of John and Sue,

    I am truly sorry I could not make the visitation or funeral. I have a previous engagement which I could not break, which you will realize in a moment the very reason why. If there is any way at all I can help, please let me know. Ashley, if you read this, it may help your heart to know the reasoning behind me not being there today or tomorrow. It actually has to do with the last conversation I had with John Rice, before I told him I had to leave back to ft Stewart; then he cried. He asked me to transfer my Free Masonry Lodge membership to the local area and continue where he left off. He wanted to help mentor me to be his protege’ in the Art. I unfortunately did not get the honor of being mentored by him before he passed. You, and so many others, did however. For that I am so grateful. He was a great man! They say for every great man; the is a kind hearted, strong minded, loving woman. That is absolutely Sue. If you all believe in God like I do… then you know they are together right now, helping someone else, and watching out for you. As I mentioned earlier, I can not attend the funeral. The event that keeps me from attending is… Tomorrow, my Lodge is having a benefit dinner for cancer. Can you believe the timing? I just took my oath and got read this very day. What a blessing! Ther are both in good hands now…as are you all with them preceding you at the gates of heaven. God is great all the time! God bless you all and you have my condolences. Thank you for your time. – Scott Whitlock

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