Anna Jewell Rice

Anna Jewell Rice, age 91, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at McCoy Chapel of Memories with the Reverend Jerry Payne officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.Anna, better known as Ann, was born in Hermleigh, Texas on Dec. 16, 1921 to Andrew Jackson and Tessie Zorn Mahoney. She married Joe M. Rice on Oct. 28, 1940 in Sweetwater. Anna attended Hermleigh schools and was a former member of Cottonwood TEEA Club. She has been a member of Lamar Street Baptist Church since 1962 and was in the Esther Sunday School Class. Anna moved to Sweetwater from Hermleigh in 1940. She had worked at M’System Grocery Store and in the cafeteria at John H. Reagan Junior High School in Sweetwater.She is survived by her three sons Joe M. Rice, Jr. of Richland Hills, Texas, Michael L. Rice and Daniel G. Rice both of Sweetwater. She has four grandchildren Julie Crowsey of Savannah, Texas, Janet Sanders and husband Michael of Pilot Point, Texas, Jeff Rice of Denton, Texas and Brandon Rice of Irving, Texas; and six great-grandchildren, Nathan Sanders, Keaton Sanders, Jacob Crowsey, Ashlyn Crowsey, Colton Crowsey and Katlin Crowsey all of Pilot Point, Texas. She is also survived by her sister Tessie Riggs of Buckeye, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her husband Joe M. Rice, Sr.; a grandson, Jason Rice; her parents; five sisters, Josie Patterson, Viola Dever, Edith Harris, Faye Murphy and Helen Felty; and two brothers, E.R. Mahoney and A.J. Mahoney.Pallbearers will be U.S. Burton, J.C. “Butch” Stroman, Randy Hanes, Dale Finch, Jimmy Davis and Jack Kennedy. Honorary pallbearer is A.J. Scott. Online condolences may be made at