Hilda H. Rice

May 28, 2014

Loving Mother, Wife

CANTON — Hilda Harkins Rice, 90, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Hospice of Wake County.

Born in Buncombe County, but a lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Taylor Kimms and Carmen Bonnie Culberson Harkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Monroe Rice; two brothers, Robert and Curtis Harkins; and a sister, Helen Harkins. Hilda was a graduate of Canton High School and Blanton Business College. She was employed by Champion International as a paper inspector, was a member of Beaverdam United Methodist Church and was a past member of the Haywood County Crafters Guild.  She will be remembered for being a loving mother and wife.

She is survived by a daughter, Lynn Rice Warren, and her husband, Scott, of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Victor Taylor Warren, of Chapel Hill, and Sarah Bailey Warren, of Raleigh; and a niece, Kim Harkins Rusk, of Clyde.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Beaverdam United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hugh Russell officiating. Inurnment will follow at Beaverdam Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2 p.m. prior at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beaverdam Community Cemetery Maintenance Fund, 28 Garrett Drive, Canton, NC  28716.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.