Edith “Edie” Elizabeth DeMeritt Rice, 51, of Houston, Pa, formerly of Wheeling, WV, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at her residence.

She was born on September 12, 1965, daughter of Clair L. and Gladys A. Thompson DeMeritt.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert L. DeMeritt.

Mrs. Rice was a former Teacher’s Assistant with Head Start in Virginia, and also worked at CosmoProf in Washington, PA. She was a Christian by faith.

Edie was a graduate of Wheeling Park High School and the Tidewater Community College, where she received her degree in early childhood development.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jeffrey L. Rice, daughter, Jennifer (Steve) Coperich, son, Nick (Belinda) Rice, a sister, Tammy (Michael) Kanick, and grandchildren, Kyleigh Rice, Kaitlyn Rice, Luke Coperich, Grace Coperich.

Also surviving is her father-in-law, George Rice, sisters-in-law, Jamie Zavatsky, Lisa Rice, Penny Rodgers, Helen Ecker, and brothers-in-law, George Rice and Jason Rice; several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, August, 15, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Road, Wheeling, WV, where services will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Roger Wayne officiating.

Entombment will be held in Holly Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Personal condolences can be expressed at www.kepnerfuneral.com.