Carolease Reba Rice, 63, SSA employee

January 24, 2003

Carolease Reba Rice, a retired Social Security Administration employee, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 17 at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The longtime Essex resident was 63.

Born and raised in Annapolis, Carolease Redd was a 1957 graduate of the old Bates High School. After graduating from Cortez Peters Business School in 1959, she worked as a secretary for Provident Bank.

Mrs. Rice was later employed as a clerical specialist at Social Security for 27 years, and retired in 1996.

"A good and humble servant, Carolease never hesitated to help anyone," said a daughter-in-law, Susanne Gray-Rice of Ednor Gardens. "Both her heart and home were open to countless souls in need of nourishing."

Mrs. Rice, an accomplished cook, liked preparing her favorite dishes for family and friends.

"She was known far and wide for her macaroni and cheese, which she always prepared or brought to functions," said Ms. Gray-Rice. "She used four kinds of shredded cheese, plenty of eggs, and then slowly baked it for hours in her oven."

Her marriage to Leonard H. Rice ended in divorce.

She was a member for many years of St. John's Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Kingdom Worship Center, 6419 York Road.

Mrs. Rice is survived by two sons, Leonard P. Rice and Carlos R. Rice, both of Ednor Gardens; two daughters, Lisa S. Rice of Baltimore and Stacey L. Rice of Essex; her mother, Beside Herndon-Knight of Annapolis; three brothers, DeWayne Knight, Equavian Knight and Leonard Knight, and a sister, DeLorma Goodwyn, all of Annapolis; eight grandchildren; and her companion of 30 years, Nathaniel Minus of Essex.

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