Matilda R. Rice, age 97, of Meridian, passed away Tuesday morning, Nov. 25, 2014, in a Clifton nursing facility. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in the Meridian First United Pentecostal Church with Joe Huffman, Greg Hardin and Tim Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. Serving as pallbearers will be William C. Rice, Jr., Shane Rice, Jay Brown, Christopher Rice, Curtis Rice, Glenn Cogburn, Randy Rice and Tyler Stubbs. Matilda was born Aug. 20, 1917, near Cranfills Gap, Texas. She married Hubert G. Rice on June 16, 1934, in Walnut Springs, Texas, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1998. She was a homemaker and a very active and faithful member of the United Pentecostal Church in Meridian. She is survived by her children, Thelma L. White and husband, Gerald, of Lincoln, NE, William C. Rice, Sr. and wife, Marcia Jean, of Clifton, Rebekah J. Elmore and husband, Nathan, of Arlington, Susan L.