Mary Lou Rice

Mary Lou Rice, 94, of Liberty, Texas passed away peacefully at her residence on August 7, 2018. Mary Lou was born on February 26, 1924 in Liberty, to the late Jeff Haywood and Ada Florence Tillman Haywood.

Mary Lou enjoyed morning and afternoon coffee at McDonald’s and going to church at North Main Baptist in Liberty. She was a strong, independent and thoughtful woman. She grew up in Liberty and was a graduate of Liberty High School. When school was out for the summer she worked in the office of Price Daniel, Sr. helping with his different political campaigns. In 1941, she met Earl Rice at the First Baptist Church in Liberty. She went on to graduate from Baylor University in 1945 and married Earl Rice on November 7, 1947. Mary Lou held various positions throughout her career, she retired from the Liberty District Accounting Department of Texaco, in 1985, after twenty-eight years of service. In recent years, Mary Lou enjoyed shopping and working her crossword puzzles and word searches.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl Rice, and a nephew Brad Rice. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her nieces and nephews: Kerry McCarter; Sherry Stout; Terry McCarter; Glen Pearce; Ivan Pearce; Keith Pearce; Rex Pearce; Charlotte Thomas; Donna Rice; Kellan Shaw; and Reggie Rice. In addition she leaves numerous friends and extended family. The family would like to extend a very special thank you for the care and kindness offered by her caretakers: Shelby Benoit-Caldwell; Linda Morgan; Susan Sanders; Amber Morgan; Danielle Morgan; Marrisa Adams and Chaplin Ken Ellzey.

Funeral services for Mary Lou will be held 2PM Sunday August 12, 2018 at North Main Baptist Church with interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared online at

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