Gayle Rice

03/16/1943 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 07/08/2021
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Service
Date: 07/09/2021
Time: 11:00 am
 – 12:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424


Margaret (Gayle) Rice passed away on July 1, 2021, at peace and surrounded by four generations of family. Family and friends will celebrate her life of 78 years at 11:00 am on Friday, July 9, 2021, at the Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, Lubbock. A time of fellowship and remembrance will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, July 08, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. We invite you to view the live-streamed service, sign her virtual guestbook, and download her memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing here on this page. We also ask that you consider viewing her Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to her favorite music.

On March 16, 1943, Gayle was born to Durwood and Frances Watson in Houston, Texas. She married Charles (Chuck) Rice on August 15, 1958, in Houston, Texas. Chuck and Gayle have two children, Stephen, and Marty.  Gayle’s gift in life was that of service.  She was an avid volunteer for many years with Marriage Encounter, The Lubbock County Democratic Party, and as an Ombudsman for ten years, serving several nursing homes in Lubbock where she advocated for patients’ rights. Gayle was a proud member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and The Red Hat Society.  She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren whenever possible.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Chuck Rice, son Stephen (Shelly) Rice, daughter Marty (James) Gallagher, grandchildren Matt (Jennifer) Gallagher, Jon (Jessie) Gallagher, Emily (Taylor) Bristow, Jacob Rice (fiancé Leslie Yap), Zane Rice, Samantha Hendershot, Kendall Rice, great-grandchildren Charlotte, Madeline, Nathan, and William Gallagher, Kambyl and Krosbie Gallagher, Jack and Belle Bristow, sisters and brothers Karen Martin, Raynelle (Bob) Byerley, Monte (Peggy) Watson, Billy (Rita) Watson, JoAnne (Jim) Grossestreuer, Johnny (Patty) Watson, numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends who all meant the world to her.

She was preceded in death by many relatives including her parents, Durwood and Frances Watson, brother-in-law Milton Martin, and niece Olivia Watson. Sadly, her brother Monte Watson suddenly passed away on July 4, 2021.


In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the Lake Ridge United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas for memorial contributions donated in Gayle’s memory.


Celebration of Life

Life Tribute


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