Jean Riddick Rice

Mrs. Jean Riddick Rice passed away on Monday, May 20, 2024. She was a native of Suffolk, although she lived most of her life in Newport News. Mrs. Rice was a lifelong servant and member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Hampton and a recent Christ United Methodist Church member in Newport News.  She was also an avid participant in the YMCA and Newport News Rec Center exercise classes.

Mrs. Rice was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Rice.

She is survived by her daughter Stephanie Rice Burch and her husband, Paul Burch of Purlear, NC; her son Timothy Rice, and his wife, Cherie Rice of Virginia Beach, VA.; five grandchildren, Carson Burch of Hampton, Campbell Burch of Boone, NC, Chase Rice of Chesapeake, Colin Rice of Lacey, Washington, and Conor Rice of Newport News; and three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Claire, and August Rice. 

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Peninsula Funeral Home from 5– 6:30 p.m., followed by a Graveside service at Hampton Memorial Gardens on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 12:00 p.m.


  1. Claudine Morrison

    Jean and I were in exercise classes together for many years. I always enjoyed our conversations and occasional lunches. My sympathy to her family.

  2. Patsy Slye

    I enjoyed being with Jean in our Silver Sneakers class at the Newport News YMCA for many years. I want to extend my sympathies to her family.

  3. Ron Lisjack

    I worked with both James and Tim at Warwick, we were neighbors one street over, Mrs Rice would always walk around the neighborhoods getting her exercise in, chatting occasionally. She will be missed.

    Our condolences to the Rice Family

    Ron, John and Jason Lisjack

  4. Barbara Flythe

    Steph I am so sorry but you know she is finally at peace and hopefully you will be soon❤️ Prayers to you and your family

  5. Joyce

    Jean and I went to Aldersgate Methodist church many years ago. I believe you could say we were born there. She was such a very special lady. She always sat at her favorite seat in church and always gave you a hug and welcoming you at the church. Bud and I thought a lot of Jean. Now she has joined my Bud in Heaven and what a rejoicing they are having. My prayers and blessings go to the children. Mrs. Joyce Good D’Bene

  6. Erin Snyder Dixon

    To Jean’s family, I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a neighbor. It’s been a minute or two and they slipped by so quickly. You are all in my prayers, that you find peace and comfort in knowing she is a peace.

  7. Jakia

    I had pleasure of taking care of Ms. Jean. She reminded me of my grandmother so funny and sweet. She welcomed me with open arms take care of her. It was never a dull moment she asked me every time Are you coming back?. I said yes Ms. Jean she said I would love for something sweet I said no problem. I laughed and she smiled. Your at peace sleep well. My condolences Tim, Cheryl, and Family.

  8. Richard Jacobson

    Jean Rice will be remembered as a dedicated wife, mother and Christian lady. She was a blessing to us in so many ways and we will always have good memories of her caring spirit for her mother, husband and children. We enjoyed our times together. Loved her doll collection! May the peace of God be with her family. Rick and Betty Jacobson.

  9. Bob & Linda Hirschberg

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rice family as they work through this difficult. It is comforting to know that Jean is resting comfortably next to our almighty savior

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