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July 10, 1927 - May 1, 2021

Burial Date May 14, 2021

In accordance with her wishes, cremation will take place and Bertha will be laid to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery at 15501 Dickman Road in Augusta, Michigan on May 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Those wishing to attend the committal ceremony are asked to arrive to the Cortege area at the cemetery no later than 10:45 a.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, all are asked to wear a face mask and socially distance, if not from the same household. Memorial contributions in Bertha’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, care of the funeral home. Please do not forget to leave a condolence message in Bertha’s guest book, online.

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Bertha Rice was born in Pickens County, South Carolina on July 10, 1927, the daughter of John and Eva (Johnson) Craig. Bertha was the seventh child out of ten siblings. Bertha graduated from Pickens High School. Soon after completing her education, she fell in love with a young man named Eliott Wilson Rice. They were married on July 26, 1947, shortly after marriage they moved to Detroit, Michigan for a better life. They enjoyed nearly 47 years of marriage prior to his passing in May of 1995. Together, they conceived three wonderful children and fostered many others. Bertha was a seamstress extraordinaire and loved being a mom. She truly enjoyed playing with her kids, which included basketball, kick ball, and other fun activities that allows them all to enjoy the memories they created, together.  Bertha had a green thumb and had a knack for gardening. Chrysanthemums were at the top of her list. She also loved baking and shopping.

Bertha accepted Christ at an early age, so she was always working on the mainline for Jesus. As president of the Women’s Day at her church, she enjoyed the camaraderie of helping others. She was also the head of the Usher Board and taught Sunday School for several years. She most definitely had a servant’s heart and will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. Her favorite song was Heaven Belongs to You (If you live right).

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, John and Eva (Johnson) Craig, her beloved husband, Eliott, her dear children, Pam and her husband Johnnie Kyle, her son, Ronnie Rice, as well as many siblings: John Craig, Jr., Andrew Craig, Gene Craig, Clyde Craig, Gertrude King, Minnie Williams and Willie Mae Huff. She leaves to cherish her life and legacy, her daughter Sandra Beverly, Bobby (Carolyn) Rosemond, her foster daughter, Elizabeth Williams, her grandchildren, George (Kelsi) Beverly, Andre’ Williams, Keith Williams, Rashad Rosemond, Maurice Rosemond, Tawanna Williams, Timothy Miller and great grandchildren. She also leaves lasting memories with her surviving brothers: George Craig and James Craig, as well as her nephew, Gilbert Craig, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members and friends who will carry her legacy.