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 Nellie Bly <I>Dickerson [Biggerstaff][Clyburne]</I> Rice

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Nellie Bly Dickerson [Biggerstaff][Clyburne] Rice

  • Birth 18 Aug 1920 Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 16 Aug 2006 Bella Vista, Benton County, Arkansas, USA
  • Burial Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 30726997

Daughter of William Joseph Dickerson and Nellie Bly Gresham. Wife to 1) Royce Edwin Clyburn and mother of Raymond Clark, Sharon Patricia 'Pat', Michael C. 'Mike', Nellie Bly [Churchill] Messerly and Deidra Kathleen Clyburn Knight. Wife to 2) ? Jordan and mother of Stephen M. Jordan. Wife to 3) Melvin Rice.
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The Herald-Leader - August 18, 2006

Nellie Bly Rice, 85, of Rogers, Ark., died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in Rogers. She was born Aug. 18, 1920, in Sedalia, Mo., to William Joseph Dickerson and Bly Gresham Dickerson.

She was a homemaker, and during World War II, she helped build destroyers and destroyer escorts for the U. S. Navy. She also co-founded the first Humane Society in Rogers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Rice.

Survivors include six children, Pat Clyburn of Rogers, Nellie Messerly of Beryl, Utah, Deidre Knight of Bella Vista, Ark., Raymond C. Clyburn of Dutch Mills, Ark., Michael Clyburn of Tallassee, Ala., and Stephen Jordan of Rogers; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be at 10 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Oakley Chapel Cemetery in Rogers with the Rev. Steve Jordan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rogers Humane Society or to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, in care of the Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. Fourth St., Rogers, AR 72756.


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  • Created by: Donald Miller
  • Added: 20 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30726997
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nellie Bly Dickerson [Biggerstaff][Clyburne] Rice (18 Aug 1920–16 Aug 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30726997, citing Oakley Chapel Cemetery, Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Donald Miller (contributor 46830668) .