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Bettye Jane Bagwell Rice

September 19, 1931 — June 24, 2009

Services for Mrs. Bettye Jane Bagwell Rice, 77, of Texarkana, AR formerly of Higgins, TX will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Higgins, TX with Rev. Dinzel Leonard, officiating. Burial will follow in Higgins Cemetery under the direction of Hughs Funeral Home of Canadian, TX. Mrs. Rice passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in Texarkana, AR. Bettye was born September 19, 1931 in Littlefield, TX to the late Mr. W.K. Bagwell and Mrs. Bessie Jane (Farley) Bagwell. She was a graduate of Littlefield High School. She also attended college in Woodward, OK. She married Ira E. (Tom) Rice on April 15, 1947 in Dumas, TX. He preceded her in death on November 8, 2000. Bettye was a reflexologist and a member of the First Baptist Church in Higgins, TX. She was the baby of 15 brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Eugene Rice. She is survived by one son, Tommy Rice of Amarillo, TX; one daughter, Donna Jane Gulledge of Texarkana, TX; two brothers, W.K. Bagwell of Albuquerque, NM; Jack Bagwell of Dumas, TX; 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives and very good friends. The family suggests memorials be made a favorite charity. Viewing will be available at the First Christian Church Chapel at 402 Purcell Ave in Canadian.
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