Linda L. Rice

AUGUSTA – Linda L. Rice, 71, passed away with her family by her side on Jan. 13, 2023 at MaineGeneral.

She was born in Augusta on March 14, 1951, a daughter of Evelyn and Marcelino Sousa. Linda grew up in Augusta and attended Cony High School. While not able to finish school she made it a life’s mission later to complete and graduated with a high school diploma in 2001.

She was employed for 22 years at the Carleton Woolen Mill working in several departments and after the Mill closed, she worked at Wal Mart as a deli clerk. Her working life was dedicated to making sure her family was well provided for and didn’t miss out in life’s pleasures.

On July 4, 1977, she married Leland F. Rice Jr. and together made their home in Augusta. Linda enjoyed playing Bingo, (especially at the Grange Hall on Cobbossee Corner), knitting, and long car rides with Leland. Some of her favorite past times include family trips to places like Santa’s Village and Old Orchard Beach and taking family vacations to Orlando, Fla. Linda loved any time spent with family. Whether facing her fears of flying, going cross country, or writing letters she always made it a point to stay close and connected to family especially spoiling the grandkids.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Leland F. Rice Jr.; her children, Lisa Haggarty and her husband Mark, Patrick Woodside and his wife Cindy, Troy Rice and his wife Toni, and Kristopher Rice and his wife Joyce; siblings Rosemary Dumas, Kevin Sousa, and Larry Sousa; and grandchildren Erin, Grace, Nicholas, Lauren, Tara, Madison, Troy Jr., Anthony, and Zach.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her siblings Marcelino Sousa Jr., Roger Sousa, and Gary Sousa.

A service will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared by visiting

Linda L. Rice

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