Sherry Lea Brannon Rice, 68, of Devola, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday (Sept. 11, 2012) at her home surrounded by her family. Sherry was born in Weston, W.Va., on June 19, 1944, to the late Marvin Austin Brannon and Wanda Lucille Alfred Brannon.
She is survived by her son, Michael Rice, of Painesville, her daughter, Patricia Rice, of Devola; her son, Jeffrey Rice, of Cranesville, Pa; her sister, Betty Frush, of Clarksburg, W.Va.; and her seven grandchildren, Austin, Emma, Benjamin, Joseph, Andrew, Samuel, and Thomas Rice.
Sherry graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Clarksburg, W.Va., and began a career in health care that spanned over 45 years. She also earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph College in Maine. Sherry devoted her life to caring for the elderly, serving progressively as a registered nurse, a director of nursing, a nursing home administrator, a regional director, and a coordinator of quality assurance, accreditation, risk management, and staff education.
An avid traveler, she enjoyed learning new things and experiencing the many simple pleasures of life. She also deeply appreciated God's creation, especially flowers. A medical mission trip to Haiti afforded her a unique opportunity to see God at work, serve many of the world's neediest people, and develop a fresh perspective on life which carried her through her remaining years. She also supported churches and charities, and initiated an edifying ministry of prayer and encouragement for those suffering with cancer nationwide. Sherry's vibrant and productive life impacted thousands of people with the love of Christ and the joy of living.
Graveside services will be held at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Quiet Dell, W.Va., on Friday (Sept. 14, 2012) at 2:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to either The Strecker Cancer Center at 401 Matthew St., Marietta, OH 45750 or Marietta Hospice at 450 Pike St., Suite 11, Marietta, OH 45750.
Online condolences may be made to the family @www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com.