Candace O’Livia Melvin Rice went home to be with her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ on July 11, 2018. Candy was born in Greensboro, NC on September 30, 1967 to the late William and Virginia Melvin. Candy shared a deep love with her husband Robert L. Rice of 29 years. They were truly soul mates. Through the years they enjoyed so many adventures in their travels and her determination and strong spirit always made everything amazing. She is the beloved sister of William Melvin, II (Cheryl), Ginger Jackson (Dan), Debbie Little (Alvin) and was preceded in death by her sister Pamela Tartt.
Candy was part of a large loving family, sisters in law, brothers in law, many precious nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be greatly missed by her mother in love, Claudia (Buzz) and of course Candy’s fur baby, Cabo.
Candace was a graduate of Laney High School and a Phi Alpha Honor Society graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She enjoyed her career of service and caring as a social worker with Liberty Hospice and Pender Memorial Hospital.
Candy was always there to brighten the lives of others with her beautiful smile and dimples. Candy had a passion for helping those in need. She was a second mother, counselor and advisor to all who needed it.
Candy formed many forever relationships with many special people. She was able to express her love and have a remarkable bond with her friends, some of those going back 40 years.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Northside Church 2501 N. College Rd. Wilmington, NC. Family will receive friends beginning at 1:30pm. Pastor Kenny Chinn and Pastor David Kelly will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the animal shelter or charity of your choice.