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Murice Verlee (Rice) Jenkins

October 16, 1927 ~ June 27, 2020 (age 92)

Murice Verlee Jenkins, 92, of Crossett, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020.  She was born in Hamburg, Arkansas, on October 16, 1927, to her parents, Cecil Legett and Abbie Nora Rice.  She was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a member of Beulahland Assembly of God. 

While a youth, she worked in the cotton fields, began cooking for her family at the age of 8, and helped her mother raise her siblings which taught her the definition of hard work. 

Happily and pridefully, Verlee wore the hat of caregiver to her siblings, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, church family, and anyone else who needed her caring touch.

She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, tending to her flower beds, and being her husband’s fishing partner.  She was a fantastic cook and was known for her fresh apple tarts, which she made straight from her apple trees.

Most importantly, Verlee loved the Lord, and she faithfully carried her children to church while they were young, so they too would have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Archie Lee Jenkins; one grandson, Tracy Jenkins; her parents, Cecil Legett Rice and Abbie Nora Stanley Rice; and four siblings, Charles Faye Rice, Tracy Rice, Thomas Madison Rice, and Julia Ann Jenkins.

She is survived by two sons, Legett Jenkins of Crossett and Russell Jenkins and wife, Judy, of Harrison, AR; one daughter, Candace Courson, and husband, Charlie, of Crossett; three sisters, Lexi Mae Estelle, and husband, Julian, and Gladys Martin, both of Hamburg, and Dixie Bays and husband, Danny, of Crossett; one special daughter-in-law, Ann Jenkins of Cabot, AR; and seven grandchildren, Tammy Farmer (Brian), Gena Brown (Bruce), Rusty Courson (Shannon), Kelly Mynatt (Andy), Mickey Courson (Amy), Tiffany Teague (Joe), and Mark Jenkins (Heather); along with 14 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the Beulahland Assembly of God Church, 1401 Hancock Rd, Crossett, with Pastors Rich Murphy and Ricky Tyler officiating, followed by interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Brian Farmer, Rusty Courson, Mickey Courson, Bruce Brown, Joe King, Mark Jenkins, Rob Moffatt, and Drew Courson.  Honorary pallbearers are Justin Chumley and Logan Teague.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, June 29, at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.

Medders Funeral Home is complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funerals and visitations to 100 people.   All attendees must provide and wear a face mask upon entering.

If you prefer to attend the service remotely, live streaming of the service will be available by clicking on the following link,

Verlee' Service Program

 Service Information

June 29, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Medders Funeral Home
1564 HWY 52 W
Crossett, AR 71635

Celebration of Life
June 30, 2020

2:00 PM
Beulahland Assembly of God Church
1401 Hancock Road
Crossett, AR 71635

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