In Loving Memory

Mary Alice Rice, d. June 27, 2016



In Loving Memory

February 13, 1927 – June 27, 2016

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Mobile, AL

Mary Alice Smith Rice passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, June 27, 2016. Mary Alice was a native and lifelong resident of Mobile. She grew up in Oakdale and attended St. Matthew’s Catholic Church and became a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in her later years. She spent 36 years as the secretary of Little Flower School. She graduated from Bishop Toolen High School in 1945. Mary Alice never met a stranger and always had a warm meal for those who visited her home. She was blessed with many loving friends and enjoyed holidays, especially Mardi Gras.

Mary Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; brother, Howard; uncle, Gavin Smith; nephew, Siegfried B. Christensen IV; her parents, Lillie May Pierre Smith and John B. Smith.

Mary Alice is survived by her seven children, Linda (Phillip) Tipp, John (Judy) Rice, Paul Rice, William Rice, Richard Rice, Laurie Laurino, Debbie (Owen) McDonald; her aunt, Genevieve Smith; sister, Rowena Christensen; ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, six nieces and two nephews.

She was a second mom to anyone who entered her office at Little Flower and a great fundraiser for all school and church events. Special thanks to her wonderful caregiver Mrs. Brenda Williams, Dr. Nicole Angel and her staff at the Southern Cancer Center-Springhill Hospital, as well as, Elizabeth Henry and staff of St. Joseph Hospice. Special thanks to her dear friends, Tommie Angel, Mary Jane and Regina Menton and Joanne Siggers.

Funeral services will be held at Little Flower Catholic Church in Mobile. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 9:00-11:00am with Mass at 11:00 am. A reception will be held in Little Flower Cafeteria after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little Flower Endowment Fund, 2053 Government St. Mobile, AL 36606 or to St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 906 Garrity St. Mobile, AL 36605. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


  1. Patricia Waters

    My thoughts are with the family. Mrs. Rice is in heaven. I loved her for help with my daughter and granddaughter at Little Flower School.

  2. Judy Kolber

    I am a friend of Paul’s from South Bend, IN. I had the pleasure of working with Paul for approx. 8 yrs. Paul spoke fondly of his mother. I know Mary Alice was a hard working woman, very dedicated to her job. Her passion for work and faith has been instilled in Paul as well. I wanted to share my condolences with the entire family.

  3. Vicki Acito

    My condolences go out to the Rice family Paul is one of my dearest friends and has been part of my family here in Indiana for a long time After many years of hearing of his beloved mother, Mary Alice, it was my pleasure to finally meet her in person this last March I must say she was every bit the kind, fun loving, warm person that I had heard about for so long I know that she was loved deeply by her wonderful family and that she will be missed but I’m sure that she has found peace and comfort in Heaven

  4. Diana Brooks-Burchfield

    I am so sorry for your loss. There is never a hurt deeper than losing your Mother but there is comfort in knowing that she is now in the “Best” hands ever. May God’s comfort keep you focused in the days ahead and may His Blessings comfort you forever..


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