Rice, Ruby Lois Chandler Ruby Rice, known to all as “Granny”, passed away on November 27, 2016 following a long illness. Born into a large family on January 13th, 1945 she was a lifelong resident of the Stone Mountain area. A graduate of Stone Mountain High School, Ruby married her childhood sweetheart, Ray Rice, on June 9th 1961. Their love endured the remaining 56 years of her life. After 30 years of service, Ruby retired as Food Service Manager at Annistown Elementary in Gwinnet County, returning for an additional six years to make sure the children of the school had the nutrition they needed. Ruby was a devote Christian attending Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Church in Stockbridge. Outside of work her main interest in life was the grandchildren whom she doted over at every opportunity with food, care, and baseball lessons. Ruby’s loving nature made her a favorite of all the grandchildren. Ruby’s interests outside of family were gardening, cooking, and hummingbirds. She spent many hours in what she referred to as her “Flower Farm.” Comfortable with the outdoors, she once trained a wild hawk to come when she called. Ruby is survived by loving husband Thomas Raymond Rice, Jr.; daughter Jeannie Collins and husband Ron and their children Cassidy and Thomas of Atlanta; daughter Rhonda Spence and husband William and their children Ryan Parson (Jennifer), Miranda Bacon (Matt), Kristine Spence, Dudley Spence, Stewart Spence, and great grandchildren Kyleigh Hicks, Brantly Hicks, and Turner Murphy of Madison, GA; brother John Chandler of Tampa, Fl; sister Carolyn Puig (Joseph) of Tampa, FL; sister Patsy Swint (Marvin) of Tampa, FL; sister Janie Hare (Fred) of Tampa FL; sister Mary Ann Clark of Jefferson, GA; brother Thomas Chandler of Jefferson, GA; brother David Chandler of Conyers, GA; Visitation will be at Wages & Sons in Stone Mountain on Monday, November 28th from FIVE PM until SEVEN PM. Funeral Services will be held TWO PM Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, Interment will follow in the Melwood Cemetery

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  1. I am saddened to hear the news of my dear friend Ruby whom i worked with for over 20 years .
    I know how much love she shared with us all and clearly remember how she and Ray talked of their children and grand children I loved all the baseball stories and news of how games went always with such a proud smile while telling me . I know that feeling with my grand kids now.
    I shall cherish the memories ,
    My husband Ron and I are praying and keeping your family in our thoughts at this time.
    May God Bless You And Keep You

  2. I have so many fond memories of Ruby. Her loving nature and sweet smile endeared her to all who new her. Paul and I loved going to her home and spending time with her and Ray and their sweet girls Jeannie and Rhonda. What a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother she was. I’m thankful her suffering is over. We are praying for all of you who will miss her.

  3. My heart breaks for all of you, Ray, Jeannie & Rhonda and all of your family. Ruby was an amazing woman with a truly generous heart. She will be terribly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, if there is anything I can do – please don’t hesitate to call.

  4. I will always remember that beautiful smile of Ruby’s, aka Smiley, My heart goes out to you and the family, she was such a sweet spirit and I will cherish the memories of her and her family. Please let her siblings know that my heart and prayers are with each of them also.

  5. Ruby you will be missed. Enjoyed our time at Hilton Head. I know you are perfect in God’s presence. See you again one day in Heaven.

  6. Sorry for your lose but knowing she is now with her father in heaven is the most comforting feeling in this world.

  7. Rhonda , William, Ryan, Jennifer and family, So sorry for the loss of your special loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you during this difficult time.

  8. Mrs. Ruby used to baby sit me and my brothers. I will never forget how kind she was to us. My prayers are with Ray, jeannie and rhonda and all of the family

  9. So very sorry to hear about the passing of Ruby. I taught at Annistown and saw Ruby everyday for nearly 20 years. The lunchroom was always a wonderful place because of her. In all the years there I never saw her without her beautiful, warm smile. My prayers are with you all.

  10. My heartfelt condolences to your family. May the love and support from family and friends help to ease the pain in your hearts. May God’s promises bring you comfort. Rev 21:3-5

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. It was an honor to have cared for Ms. Rice, and an honor to have known such a wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. Ray and Family,
    Just learned of Ruby’s passing from this life.. We lived near your family when you two were married..We thought she was a
    very sweet girl always smiling and a wonderful choice for your wife.( seems we were right ) We moved away and have lost
    touch with so many of the people we knew. We know she will be missed by you and all who loved her. May our father in
    heaven give peace and comfort is our prayer for you. We now live in Blairsville ,GA

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