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“Dear Tom and Family, we are saddened by the loss of our true friend, Connie. She has left but her legacy lives on, anyone who knew her will always...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Rose & Monte Thornton

“Tom, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Connie fought valiently and she was always in our prayers. She was a special gal. Park & Linda ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Park & Linda Jones

“dawn this is suzie (upstairs @ coquina key) i read about your mom in the newspaper.. i know how close you were..i lost my mom as well 3 years ago...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: suzie brooks

“Connie has left us with wonderful memories of our times spent together. She will always be in our hearts. We will miss her laughter,her sense of...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Bill and Donna Knight

“I have many fond memories of Connie when growing up. My prayers go out to the entire family. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jennifer Hill

“Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Your mom was a wonderful and beautiful person. I was honored to know her. God bless you and give you all...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Fournais Dannelly

“Dear Rice Family, We are thinking of you at this difficult time and praying for you. You are right, she looks just beautiful in that picture- I...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Sara Mercer ( Pacitti)

“To the Rice family: You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. God bless you all. I know He is watching over you. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Alisha Bennett

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I was a friend of her at the art center. We took several classes together.Our class was not the same with her not...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Theresa Carney

“Connie was part of my Deacon care group at First Baptist Church and will be missed. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Will Hope

“My sincere condolences for your loss. May God bless and comfort you all. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Aimee Hamlin

Constance (Connie) L. Rice
Born in Middletown, Ohio on August 3, 1943, to Carl and Alma Ross, Connie completed this life at home on April 30, 2007 after a four year battle with cancer. She was 63. Her immense love of her family was only exceeded by her love of our Lord.

She and her husband moved to Venice, Fl. from Apollo Beach, Fl. in 2004. Connie is survived by her husband of 43 years, Thomas R. Rice; son Wayne W. Rice of Venice, Fl.; daughters Paige R. Hall of Dallas, Ga.; and Dawn D. Jones of Lake City, Fl. She is also survived by two brothers, Richard Ross of Palm Harbor, Fl. and Robert Ross of Oldsmar, Fl. Connie has four grandchildren, Ansley and Austin Rice, Kevin Hall Jr. and Emma Jones.

During the past 33 years Connie started and successfully operated four different businesses; Pedals Plus in Tampa, 1970-80, Rice & Rice Yacht Brokerage in Apollo Beach/Ruskin, 1981-88, Old Key West Deli & Caf in St. Petersburg, 1991-97 and Faux Images by Connie in Apollo Beach 2000-03.

Connie was a member of Christ Community Church in Tampa, First Baptist Church of Venice, Venice Art Center, and several ladies bible studies. She has been active in church choirs, as an artist, and as a published writer. Her grandchildren were the delight of her life. She also enjoyed golf, travel and sailing, Connie so appreciated the wonderful people she met along this journey called life. She is now with Him and is thankful that the Lord showed her the way to salvation and eternal life.

Memorial service will he held on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 12:00 noon at First Baptist Church of Venice, a reception will follow at the church. Farley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial Donations may be made, in memory of Connie, to the donor's choice.

Friends may visit anytime online at to sign the guest register book or to extend condolences to the Rice family.