DE LEON Funeral services for Billye Ruth Rice, 76, of De Leon will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at First United Methodist Church in De Leon with Pastor Lisa Neslony officiating. Burial will be in De Leon Cemetery under the direction of Nowlin Funeral Home.

She died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Comanche County Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 13, 1931, in De Leon to Joseph E. and Edna Victoria Devenport Holleman. She was married to David Rice on July 10, 1949, in De Leon. She was the retired vice president of Winkler State Bank in Wink, and moved back to De Leon in 1988 after living in Wink for 37 years. She was a member of De Leon First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and the Shakespeare Club.

Survivors include her husband, David Rice of De Leon; a daughter, Jamie Davida Rice Pierson and husband Douglas of Irving; one sister, Bobbye Holleman Hix of Gordon; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Milton Jewel Holleman; and three sisters, Winnis Nix, Christelle Thornell and Louise McCarty.