Man thanks Saint Thomas Rutherford workers members with 100 carnations

Mornings are difficult for William Rice.

Staring out the window, he sips his espresso alone at his Murfreesboro residence. His views drift to recollections of his beloved partner, Jane Rice, who died at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Clinic Nov. 9 attributable to issues from COVID-19.

“It is proceed to very raw,” he defined.

In regards to the earlier 30 a number of years, they’ve been seldom apart.

Pair has ‘love at 1st sight’

“It was a coronary heart bond. That is what stored us through all hardships,” William Rice reported, his voice softening as he remembered their each day life alongside each other.

They achieved as adolescents then however went their separate approaches.

William Rice holds a photo of his wife Jane Rice, in the chapel of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford County Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. William Rice's wife Jane Rice died of Covid-19 at this hospital, on Nov. 9, 2021. Rice wanted to reach out to the staff for such wonderful care of his wife during her time at the hospital. Since carnations were her favorite flowers Rice brought carnations to those at the hospital that showed his wife love in her final days.

A decade afterward, the couple reconnected. 

“We each recognized out afterward it was really love at very first sight,” William Rice remembered, chuckling.

Ultimately they married and elevated youngsters. However God was missing from their lives, William Rice acknowledged. So he enrolled in a Baptist seminary and the couple later grew to become missionaries in an impoverished area of southern Mexico the place they arrange a church. 

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