Sarah Mae Rice, 89 years old, died peacefully in her home on October 18 ,2018. Sarah Mae was a lifelong resident of Bentonia, MS. She graduated from Anding High School and continued her education at Belhaven College. She is a member of Bentonia Baptist Church.
Sarah Mae met her husband, Leon Rice, while visiting relatives in the Delta. They married in 1950. Sarah Mae and Leon spent the first year of their marriage in Webb, MS with Leon’s family and then returned to Bentonia to help manage the family business. Sarah Mae and Leon had three girls, Janet, Bobbie and Lynn. They supported their girls in every activity or interest they chose to follow.
Sarah Mae will be remembered for her kindness and southern grace to family and friends.
Sarah Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Robert ”Bobby” and Sarah Hancock and also by her husband Leon W. Rice.
Sarah Mae is survived by her daughters Janet Wright (Ray), Bobbie Ehrhardt (Robert), Lynn Pritchard (David). She is also survived by her grandchildren Katy Breaux (Nick), Jennifer Landers (David), Don Ehrhardt, Mary Clare Hemleben (John), Sarah Beth Coppage (Taylor) and Rebekah Pritchard. Her great-grandchildren are Maddy and Abigayle Breaux and Aubrey and J.P. Hemleben.
Pallbearers are Nick Breaux, David Landers, Don Ehrhardt, John Hemleben .
Memorials may be made to Bentonia Baptist Church, P.O. Box 663, Bentonia, MS 39040 or to the charity of your choice.