Shirley Ann Rice September 27, 1941 - July 22, 2020

Shirley A. Earley Rice, 78 of Arden was granted her Angel wings on July 22, 2020.  Her final days were spent at Mission Hospital where her family could not be with her due to COVID 19 rules.  Her loving family was with her in prayer and spirit.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold W. Rice; parents, Arthur and Essie Earley; and her youngest son, Randy C. Laughter.

She worked as a surgical nurse at Meace Hospital in FL for many years and Goodwill in Asheville until her retirement. She will be greatly missed by her family.

She leaves behind a son, Robert K. Laughter and wife Lynn; two granddaughters, Leslie Laughter and Jessica Willis; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Earley and Harvey Earley and wife Wanda, several nieces and nephews; and her fosters sons, Timmothy, Jackie and Mike Hylton of FL.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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  1. Sharon Dotson Wright says

    Robert,So sorry for your lost,your mom was a great lady always sweet to me!! You guys are in our prayers!!