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PEKIN ~ Myrtle Rae Rice, 104, of Pekin, passed away at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at her home. She was formerly of Creve Coeur.

Born June 30, 1915 in New Holstein, Wisconsin to Peter and Willie Amanda (Woods) Jacobson, she married the love of her life, Robert Rice on September 26, 1946 in Springfield and cherished 65 years together. He died February 9, 2011 in Creve Coeur. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Thomas Thrasher and James Thrasher, Sr.; four brothers and five sisters.

Surviving are three grandchildren, James (Terri) Thrasher, Jr. of Texas, Robert (Jean) Thrasher of Pekin and Regina (Michael) Johnston of Texas; several great-grandchildren and her daughter-in-law Joyce Thrasher.

Myrtle had worked four years driving officers around for Navy in San Francisco< California. She later worked as the Assistant Vice President of East Peoria Trust National Bank for 10 years retiring in 1978. She was also in business with her husband in Peoria and East Peoria and on Washington Street in East Peoria. They last owned and operated Sam Reuther's Real Estate in East Peoria, retiring in 1978.

She enjoyed working with her husband building and remodeling businesses and homes. She was proud of her family, they were what they lived for. She also loved their animals that they cared for.

Myrtle was first baptized at Averyville Baptist Church in East Peoria. She later attended Greater Pekin First United Pentecostal Church.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Dwight Winnett will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Fon du Lac Township Cemetery in East Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 1st United Pentecostal Church in North Pekin, 215 State Street, North Pekin, Illinois 61554 or Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 2201 East Washington Street, East Peoria, Illinois 61611.

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