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.