B. Ellen Rice, 75 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:45 p.m. at her residence in Taylorville. She was born on January 3, 1941 in Sharpsburg, IL the Daughter of John Vellette and Mattie May (Heath) Babbs. She married M. Dale Rice by Elmer Joplin and Russell Downs on October 27, 1963 in the Nazarene Church in Assumption. Ellen worked as a CNA at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville.

Surviving are her Husband: Dale Rice of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Kim (Brian) Nelson of Springfield, IL; Bobbie (Keith) Albright of Owaneco, IL; Step-Grandchildren: Jenni (Cory) Leseure of Springfield, IL; Tyler Nelson of Springfield, IL; Sisters: Josephine Miller of Sebring, FL; Frances (Paul) Phillips of Sebring, FL; Brenda (James) Rogers of Effingham, IL; Linda (Robert) Miller of Effingham, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, and Brother Philip Babbs.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville with Rev. Dick Wamsley officiating assisted by Pastor James Jones. Burial will be held in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

Memorials may be made to Christian County Senior Citizens 701 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or to Taylorville Christian Church 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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