Nov. 16, 2022
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Nov. 17, 2022
11 a.m.


Nov. 17, 2022

Linda Ann Rice, 81, of Morganton, NC entered into eternal rest on November 11, 2022, after a long period of declining health. She was born July 12, 1941, in Amarillo, TX to the late Charles Leonard Ulm and Anna Ruth Ulm. They moved from Amarillo and raised Linda in London Mills, IL. She was the beloved mother of 7 children and 2 stepchildren.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Larry Rice; 6 children, 2 sons, Mike Jensen (Kathy) and Jerry DeForest (Tina); 4 daughters, Mona Edwards, Ruth Huff, Sherry Horner, and Charlene Hurley (Doug); stepdaughter, Kelly Tullock (Joseph) and stepson, Timothy Runyon (Ila); 18 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her stepmother, Jo Ulm; 1 brother, Lennie Ulm; and 4 sisters, Delores, Mary, Diana, and Cindy.

Linda was preceded in death by one son, Dale DeForest Jr. and her parents, one grandson, Richard Horner; three sisters, Judy,  Ginger and Jolene and one brother, Ray.

Linda worked and retired as a social worker for the State of Illinois for 25 years. She and her husband moved to Morganton in 2006. They loved going to estate sales and auctions and collecting antiques. They are members of El Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton.

Services for Linda are as follows: Visitation on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 3 pm - 5 pm at Sossoman Funeral Home. Funeral and celebration of life will be held at 11 am, Thursday, November 17, 2022 at El Bethel Baptist Church, 1669 N Green St, Morganton, NC 28655 with Pastor Justin Cunningham and Pastor Ron Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to El Bethel Baptist Church, 1669 N Green St, Morganton, NC 28655.

We will always carry her memory in our hearts.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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I love you mama . Ty for always being a wonderful mother and a loving person. You have taught all of your children the true meaning of LOVE❤️ . love your daughter , Ruthie

—Ruth Huff

My deepest sympathy to all the family.prayers for strength and comfort during this time of loss..Diane ward

—Diane Ward