Dr. Candy Rice

dr. candy rice
A livestream of the service will be viewable below starting at 1:45 PM, Friday February 4th, 2022:
Candy Kay (Minion) Rice was born on February 7, 1971, in Windom, MN, the daughter of Charles and Joy (Braun) Minion. She attended public schools in Storden-Jeffers (K-9) and Nevis (10-12), graduating in 1989. She received a B.A. from Pillsbury College, Owatonna, MN, in 1993. She then worked and coached at Pillsbury, where she met Tim Rice, her best friend, soulmate, and love of her life. She and Tim married on September 16, 1995. Candy died peacefully in her sleep on January 27, 2022, at her home in West Fargo, ND. She is survived by husband, Tim, West Fargo; mother, Joy Minion, West Fargo; brothers Clint (Becky) Minion, Sabin, and Jim (Katy), Wheaton, MN; father & mother-in-law, Bill & Carol Rice, Enterprise, AL; brother-in-law Tony (Tracy) Rice, Foley, AL; sisters-in-law Wendy (Mike) Krajnik and Courtney Price, both of Enterprise, AL; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. How do we summarize Candy’s amazing life in a few short paragraphs? Athletics, music and education were important – she excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball, and later coached volleyball and basketball in Minnesota, Missouri and Vermont. She was a talented pianist and singer, and played numerous other instruments. In her pursuit of knowledge, she acquired an MBA in 2003 from Liberty University in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in 2016 from the University of the Rockies in Denver, CO. Candy was an entrepreneur. At various times she owned software training, photography, and web/graphic designer/consulting businesses; produced a digital photography newsletter; and developed curriculum for several colleges. She loved technology. Her many interests included software, reading, interior design, blogging, and travel. She had taught at several colleges and was teaching/designing courses for the University of Jamestown at the time of her death. She and Tim were a team and shared a practical vision for ministry. Their mottos were “Obeying the call. Living now. No limits.” and “Live Life on Purpose.” They delighted in “holding the ladder” to help others succeed by donating financial support and hundreds of hours to causes they valued. They shared many travel adventures, visiting every state (except Hawaii) and most Canadian provinces. They explored many European countries and fell in love with Ireland as they lived and visited there numerous times. Candy’s faith in God was very real. Her generous spirit, kindness, compassion, and desire to be used by her Lord touched so many lives. We celebrate her life! She is in Glory with her Savior! No more physical pain, but a glorified body! We rejoice in our hope in Christ of seeing her again in Glory! Please dress casually, as if you'd just popped in for a visit with her. We won't be in suits or somber outfits - it's a celebration! Instead of flowers, we ask folks to consider making a donation in her name to the Gary Sinise Foundation (https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/) or to Heifer International (https://www.heifer.org/), two of her favorite charities.

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  1. Tim, Joy & families: We have such wonderful memories of Candy. The babysitter for our girls, the beautiful pianist, the beautiful bride, the adventurer that allowed us to travel through her blogs. We will see Candy again in glory & oh what a day that will be. Take care & God give you peace & comfort through your memories.

  2. What a tremendous person! Candy was indeed a great inspirer and teammate for so many people. She left an impact on all she touched. Prayers for Tim and Candy’s family. We were blessed to know her.

  3. So sorry for your lost. Candy was our neighbor & friend when she lived down by Jeffers & Delft area. She was such a wonderful friend.

  4. Sincere sympathy from all of us Tim, to you Joy and your families, Ciarán Kathleen Eoghan and Seodhna. May Candy rest in peace.

  5. Tim, my brother, my heart breaks for you, but my soul sings for Candy now that she is in the presence of the Father. I pray God wraps you in a blanket of comfort and understanding, and I pray you are able to smile when you remember your life of adventure with Candy. She was loved by a faithful and supportive husband, her best friend. God bless you and family. Always here for you.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. We love you and highly value the short time we spent with you two in Corpus Christi, Tx. Both of you were a tremendous blessing to us and the program God has given us.

  7. Sorry for your loss Tim. Losing your person is one of the hardest things you’ll do in life. I pray for your strength. As you find your way in the grieving process, I pray you find joy in remembering and that it sustains you.
    Kim Curry

  8. Tim…I am so sorry to hear of these recent events. You are in my prayers. Just know you will always have Candy giving you support and wisdom while guiding you from Heaven.

  9. I played vb with Candy at Pillsbury! So sorry to hear of her passing. We are praying for you and your family during this difficult time!
    Debbie (Firzgerald) Richerson

  10. Clint (and extended family), I am so sorry to hear this news. Know that my family and I pray for Tim, you, and your whole extended family. May the hope of the resurrection of life fill your hearts.

  11. Candy, the world is at a loss without you in it. Your star shone so bright during your brief time in Nevis. Everything you did had your sparkle on it. You will be missed by many.💖

  12. Candy was one of theost loving and caring individual I have ever known. Her and Tim showed everyone what a loving marriage should look like. You will be missed!

  13. Tim I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear wife Candy. We were praying for her in Baldwin County. ♥️🙏Linda Gulledge

  14. Candy was one of those people who lit up a room. I only met her personally a few times, but she always exuded friendly, positive energy. People like her add so much joy and inspiration to our daily lives. Hearing about all the activities and people she poured her energy into, she clearly touched many people. Sending my deepest condolences to her husband and family and prayers for you all to have the outpouring of love and support from friends across the world buoy you up.

  15. Our prayers and love are sent out to you, Tim, and Joy and family!
    She is with her Lord, our only consolation right now.

  16. Tim and Family- Mike and I express our sincerest sympathies for your loss. Candy was one of the finest women, role-models, and friend one could ever ask for. She lite up a room and touched every life that she was a part of. Her love for all is something that will always live on.

  17. Tim so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and all the family at this tough time. I was lucky to get to know Candy and you in Galway. She was a ray of sun shine always smiling and loved listening to the stories you both had to tell.

  18. Dear Tim,
    A very moving summary of Candy’s life . I am truly sorry for your loss as it was clear to see the love you had for each other and the wonderful life you had . I am sure your faith will support you at this time.

  19. Dr. Tim Rice and family.
    In sympathy, with love and comfort, we are praying for you praying for you and your family!

  20. Candy was a light, so bright and warm. She was hard working and kind. She positivity impacted more people than she ever could have imagined.

  21. Candy was my childhood friend and the one who led me to say the Salvation Prayer at 12-13 years old. I have memories of us playing together at her house and mine. I have not connected with Candy since she left the Jeffers area. Looking at all her accomplishments amazes me. My heart grieves for her family and I pray the can feel the peace of God as He holds them close.

  22. I am so sorry for your loss Tim. Candy was a beautiful person and i’m lucky to have gotten to know her over the years.

  23. Dear Tim,
    We are sending our deepest sympathies along with our prayers and love as you celebrate Candy’s life. We are praying that Psalms 23 will help you find peace that passes our earthly understanding…

    We love you,

  24. Dear Tim and Joy, and all the extended family. We are so sorry to hear of Candy’s death. Such a terrible loss and shock for you all. May her gentle soul rest in peace. We will keep you in our thoughts in the days and weeks to come. Eric and Yvonne Hannagen, Galway Ireland.

  25. Tim, I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful woman of God which I wish I had a chance to meet. I’m praying for you and the family in this tome of loss. I know the LORD is telling her Well Done, good and faithful servant. Love ya Brother.

  26. My heart breaks for what breaks God’s heart and this is very surreal to write knowing just how much faith Tim and Candy displayed. I’m forever grateful for your ministry in my life as both of you contributed to my personal and professional growth. My sincerest condolences to Tim and Candy’s family as I only had a glimpse of her impact, while each of you had a lifetime and I can only imagine the depth and breadth of her influence on each of you. May you have peace that is unexplainable.

  27. Tim, you and Candy certainly lived life to the full. Sadly her life was cut short but she will continue to live on in you evert day. Cherish the memories. Thinking of you. In the words from Ireland in our native tongue. “Ar dheis dé go raibh a hanam “

  28. It is with great sorrow to hear of the loss of Dr. Candy Kay (Minion) Rice. I did not know her personally, but a request to pray for her came across my time line on Facebook. Her name was placed in our Precious Rubies Ministry page and the women immediately began to pray for her. It saddened our hearts to hear of her passing. We may not have known her like others did, but she was our sister according to the scriptures, and for that we prayed fervently and honored her as such. There is peace in our hearts to know she is safe and in caring hands of the Father.Our love and continual prayers to everyone who loved her dearly. Especially, her husband.

    Peace and Blessings
    Precious Rubies Ministry
    Elder Frances Harrison

  29. Tim we are sorry for you on the loss of Candy your beautiful kind and wonderful wife and the love of your life. We will cherish the great memories of our fun times here in Galway with you both. Love and prayers from Denis Eileen Pamela and Danielle

  30. Tim, I could tell how much she loved you by what she posted about your life together and all of your adventures! She had a life well lived with you by her side! Rob and I are so sorry for your loss.

  31. Tim – I’ll never forget the impact and presence of yourself and Candy during my time at St. Mary’s – At the time it probably didn’t seem like it, but I was so excited to meet my other American friends – you guys! When the time came for my family and I to move to Boston, Candy took a group photo of all of us. I can still see her directing us where to stand.

    You’re a good man, Tim and I am sorry that she had to leave this Earth so soon.

    Norm Macdonald once said “when someone close to you passes away, you take that love you have for that person who has moved on to the other side and spread it among those that are still with us”
    I can see you’re already doing that.

    Ar dheis de go raibh a hanam

  32. Dr. Rice – Please know that the students, faculty, and staff, at the University of Jamestown are lifting your entire family up in our prayers. We sincerely appreciate Candy’s (and your) commitment to passing your knowledge on to future generations in our classrooms. My prayer is for peace and comfort for you all and for God to welcome Candy with open arms!

  33. Dr.Rice
    I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  34. Dr. Tim Rice. I am praying for you and your family during this time. You always spoke so highly of Dr. Candy Rice and your face always lit up when you talked about her. That is something I will never forget and I wish I could have met her. Thank you for sharing stories about your adventures together.

  35. Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget the generosity and kindness you and Candy showed me. She was an amazing woman. I am thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time.

  36. So sorry to hear of Candy’s passing, we had the pleasure of meeting her when you were both in Ireland at the Euros, she was so kind and wanted to help with everything.

  37. Candy was an excellent professor, I learned a lot through her sports promotion class in the Fall. Deepest sorrows for her loss and condolences to you and your family.

  38. I am so sorry to read about Candy and sorry I haven’t kept in touch . Pat Roehl contacted me and I got the Facebook request from you Joy. I presume it was Cancer but whatever it was it’s a huge loss. Candy surely did a lot of good things for many others and will be missed. Love and prayers❤️🙏 from LaVonne

  39. I’m so so sorry Tim & family! She was a tremendous woman & such a huge loss. Praying for the days to come.

  40. Dear Tim,

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss of your sweet bride. You and Candy have an amazing love story that I know you will continue to share. It is eternal, and as husbands, both you and I know that having a life together with our soulmate and the love of our lives is a precious gift from God. Yet, it is never enough in our temporal realm here on earth.

    However, when we are separated by our earthly lives, we turn to God for peace and He delivers. I know your faith is strong and so was Candy’s, so she is looking at you right now and saying, “OMG! This place is amazing!” John 14:2-3 Revelation 21:21

    I am thinking of both of you with so much love right now as I write this because you and I certainly married up!
    Your loving marriage with Candy was an inspiration to me and I know your love will always continue, even though you are parted. Even in the short times that you and I saw each other, I only met Candy once, but I’ll always remember the love in your eyes when you looked at each other. Your true love story is beautiful to all who know you and love you. Keep that close in your mind!

    I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, my friend, and I hope to see you again soon so I can give you a big bear hug. I am sorry I cannot be there to celebrate Candy’s life.

    Peace be with you and your family.

    Always in His grasp,


    PS: Jennyfer sends her many condolences to you and your family. Even though she didn’t know you guys, from what I’ve told her about your two, she loves you both.

  41. We are sad to hear of Candy passing, but rejoice in the knowledge she is with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
    I am so glad I got to meet her. She was a very generous person with her time, and spent an afternoon playing dress up with several of us women at a local shop. It was a fun experience, one I will remember.
    May the Lord bless you and her family as you navigate this new chapter.

  42. What a pleasure it was to work with Tim and Candy in recent years. It was clear that they were truly best friends. Sending prayers for grace and strength to Tim and all who knew and loved candy.

  43. So sorry for your loss. I have such great memories from our time together at Hiram. Candy always made the day better.

  44. If we could pick one word to describe Candy, it would be “Alive!”. Candy lived her life to the fullest, always giving 125% to everything she did. It permeated her educational aspirations, her friendships, and her marriage to her beloved husband Tim. Every time we saw her, she greeted us with such enthusiasm, the time and space between our visits just melted away, and we just picked up where we left off the last time, as if it were yesterday.

    So many precious memories with Candy and Tim, from our adventurous trip to Mobile, AL, to our frequent visits in Kansas City (thanks to Vanguard Airlines super cheap tickets), to our visit in Grove City, where Candy told us she didn’t need a kitchen table anymore because they were always going to eat out.

    Our adventure started in college, where Candy and Margaret became fast friends through sports, and Candy and John became friends through our mutual love of music. She played for John at his junior recital (actually she kind of dragged him through), and she was the pianist for our wedding.

    Although we are separated again, we praise the Lord it will only be for a short time. At our next reunion, I look forward to Candy greeting me with her patented “Hey Girl!”.

    Tim, we love you and are praying for you. We look forward to our next visit, where we can share this and many more memories.

  45. Dr. Rice… I wish I had an opportunity to meet your wife. She sounds like she was an incredible person. Wishing you and your families strength and peace during this time.

  46. Thinking of you and your famlly. at thie time of grief, but celebrating the fact that Candy is now with the Lord, her Caviour. May God’s love and grce be close to you during this time and Candy’s memory always be near to your heart. In my prayers.

    Won by One,
    Todd James
    Dublin, Ireland

  47. Don’t even know where to start- from my first meeting Candy when she travelled on the AIM team for Pilly back when I was maybe a sophomore or junior (1988/89/90?) in high school -which influenced me to go to PBBC that first year- or our awesome 1992-93 incredible championship basketball season at Pilly- to reconnecting 5 years ago in Ireland- to our conversation just a few weeks ago- she exuded love and kindness to me constantly over the past 30 years. My love is sent to Joy and to Tim (and family) from Michigan- as we will watch this online. Karen and Larry

  48. Tim,
    My heart is with you. I am so sorry for your loss and want you to know that I am here for you if you need me.

    Hang in there,

  49. Coach,

    You speak of Candy as the love of your life. She felt the same of you and never forget that. I loved all the adventures you had together and admired your life. Incredible to be a part of that. Thank you. Losing someone we love is very difficult and I am proud you are surrounded by GOD and his grace to help you.

  50. Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. Your faith, your family, and friends will help you in these very difficult times. From what I learned about Candy through your words and photos, she was obviously an amazing and intelligent person who left us too soon. Sorry I can’t be there in person, but I’m always just a phone call away if you need a friendly voice. Gary

  51. It was an honor to have known Candy. I am proud to share a doctorate from the same institution as her. So sorry for your loss Tim – we will keep her spirit alive at Rockfordzona Global or whatever it morphs into.

    Sincerest condolences,
    Todd Fiore

  52. Tim-I am struggling to find the words to offer any comfort or peace to you and your family. Candy truly was an angel among us and a light for us. I am in and will continue to be in awe of the love you shared together. Please know that I am here for you if I can help in any way.

    Sending peace and prayers,
    Haley Pestner

  53. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Tim, during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and renew your hope!

  54. My family’s thoughts are with you and yours in this time of sadness. My deepest condolences on the loss of your wife. May her soul rest in peace.

  55. Tim, my condolences to you and your family. Sending positive thoughts.

    A life that touches others go on forever…


  56. Dear Tim,
    I remember Candy working so hard to finish her doctorate and then her starting her journey to start teaching at the doctorate level. I know how special she was and send prayers and hugs to you.

    With Sympathy,
    Marissa Hammond

  57. I am writing this while watching and listening to Candy’s celebration. What a gift to share this time with the love of her life, Tim, and with their family and friends, the other loves of her life.

    Tim is speaking now, tattling about their first date at Johnny Rocket’s in the mall. 8)

    Candy has embarked on her own recareering journey.

    And the universe has necessarily expanded because it’s the only way it can hold such a big heart.

  58. Tim I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget how Candy always made it a point to tell me how proud of me she was. Her love and encouragement I will never forget! I love you.

  59. Dr. Rice, you have always been an amazing human and I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot think of a time that Candy or a wonderful thing she was doing wasn’t the first thing you would share anytime we got to spend time together. You touch so many lives and are an example of service, humility, grace, and positivity. sending all of my love!

  60. Tim,
    So sorry for your loss. In watching the livestream, I couldn’t help but see the impact that Candy had on the people she loved. My family prays for you and your family.


  61. Dear Tim

    I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose your dearly loved wife at such a young age. I appreciated Candy a lot with her work on the volleyball team and her great spirit around campus. Coach Deckert

  62. Oh, Joy, I am saddened to learn of the passing of your daughter. Such beautiful pictures of her and wonderful memories. I pray God helps you with your grieving period. Memories are made so we have something to hang on to until we meet our loved one again.

    I have a daughter the same age and cannot imagine losing her. She tells everyone I am her best friend, and i am praying you were your daughters also.

  63. So sorry Tim for your loss. Candy was the nicest person I ever met by chance in Buskar Browns jazz session in Galway.
    We enjoyed many meetings in Galway when you were visiting Ireland.
    I will miss her weekly phone calls.
    My deepest condolences,

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