Sara Virgene Rice, of Bryan, went to be with our Savior and Lord on May 26, 2009, after a lengthy illness. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at First Baptist Church of Bryan. Brother Tim Owens will officiate.
Sara was born and raised in Canyon, Texas where she received her BS degree in Teacher Education from West Texas State University in 1969. She became an ardent Aggie while earning a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A-M University, class of 1977.
She joined, served and later became President of the Aggie Moms and was still an active member of the Aggie Moms Past Presidents. Being an Aggie Mom was one of the many delights in her life. Sara was a natural teacher. She taught at many different scholastic levels, including elementary and secondary school and also at Blinn College. She also taught English at Texas A-M University.
Sara moved to Bryan with her husband Don and their three children from Columbia, Missouri in 1969. The children were in elementary school so she soon went to work as Girl Scout Leader, cookie baker and PTO member. She had a deep and abiding love for the Lord Jesus Christ as well as for the First Baptist Church of Bryan where she and Don were members for 40 years.
She taught a bible study class for 8th grade girls; then she and Don taught young married adults for over 20 years, before beginning a ministry to senior adults. She was an active member of the Sanctuary choir and also sang in the Living Christmas Tree. She was loved for her upbeat spirit and a good sense of humor; she could laugh at herself as well as with others.
Sara loved this community. She was active in many civic organizations; she was a member and later President of Texas A-M Women’s Club and was a member of The Woman’s Club in Bryan where she served in numerous capacities. She also loved volunteer work including The Crestview Retirement Center gift shop and the First Baptist Church office. Sara will best be remembered for being a loving, caring, sharing person who had a sweet smile and a generous heart.
Sara’s second community love was Colorado where she participated in skiing, biking, hiking and sight seeing. She especially loved traveling with her 9 grandchildren and participating with them in all these activities. When not doing that, she loved to travel; she visited all 50 states and much of Canada, Mexico and most of Europe.
Sara was preceded in death by her parents Ray Neal Slagle, of Canyon and Elizabeth Anne Slagle Keehner, of Canyon, Tucson and Bryan, and her sister Bettie Slagle Davis, of Canyon and her eldest grandson, Christopher Michael Welch, of Burleson, Texas.
Survivors include her husband, Don Rice, three children and their spouses, Rhonda Rice Welch Humphreys and her husband Terry, of San Antonio, Dan L. Rice and his wife Julie, of The Woodlands and Dawna Rice Rosenkranz her husband Bubba, of Bryan; eight grand children, Joshua Welch his wife Amy, Mitzy Welch, wife of Christopher Welch (deceased), Clayton, Kristin and Colton Rosenkranz, Aaron (Aggie ’13), Aarika and Aarianna Rice, Riley Humphreys and five great-grand children Tyler, JT and Abigail Welch, Sara (Sara’s namesake) and Jacob Welch (children of Christopher Welch). Sara Rice is also survived by her brother Perry Neal Slagle and his wife Loretta, of Bryan and their daughter and husband, Melissa and Gavin Gant, and their two children, Faith and Kaitlyn of Huntsville, Texas.