Margaret (Beall) Tice finished her 81-year race on earth at 2:06 p.m. Sept. 26, 2013. She was born Jan. 29, 1932, in Philadelphia, Miss., to Joshua and Annie Laura (Byars) Beall.
She was a 1950 graduate of Central High School in Jackson, Miss. Having placed her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 14, Margaret spent her life enjoying her faith journey of learning to know, trust, and share the love of Jesus with anyone who would listen. She had a particular focus on children because at 7 years old, her own church had not helped make it clear how a person could be assured of salvation through Jesus Christ and she remembers clearly seven years of fear about the forgiveness of her own sin. Her favorite activity in life was sharing with kids the “gospel in a nut shell.”
She was married on June 7, 1952. She was a faithful and devoted wife for 55 years to Donald Harold Tice, who preceded her in death June 18, 2007. She was a 1991 graduate of Trinity College with a bachelor’s degree in teaching English, in Chicago, at the age of 59, having stopped her education in 1952 to get married. She over the years was a kindergarten teacher, a Sunday school teacher, a writer with numerous publications, an executive secretary, and most recently until January of 2013, secretary at her church, Victory Baptist Church. Since a serious fall on Dec. 24, 2012, she had been writing a manuscript for a book called “The Humpty-Dumpty Chronicles” about things the Lord was teaching her through this season of her life.
She was an active participant in Victory Baptist Church, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Women’s Bible Study Fellowship, the Kokomo Great Banquet community, the Senior Singers, “Joyful Sounds,” Bridges Outreach mentor, Galveston and Boulevard Elementary School Good News Bible Club leader, and a member of the Republican Women’s Club. She loved her country and always exercised her right to vote. Over the years she had met several of the state’s dignitaries and she assured them of her prayers, which they seemed to appreciate.
Surviving and thriving because of her legacy are her two sons, Tomm Tice, and his wife, Lisa, Broomfield, Colo., granddaughter, also of Broomfield, Katy Gardanghi, husband, Paul, and their four sons, Isaac, Jason, Declyn, Callum, grandson, Ben Tice, wife, Jennifer, their daughter Rees, of Greenville S.C., grandson, Geoff Tice and wife, Mallory, of Los Angeles, Calif. Also surviving is a son Jon, and his wife, Stacey of Kokomo, and their two daughters, Abby and Ellie.
In all, two sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren of which her prayer was “Lord, I give them all to you, may they love and serve you, always.”
Also surviving are multiple nieces, nephews and cousins of her nine brothers and sisters. Also she had a special bond as well with her niece, Ann Bankston-Henderson, Madison, Miss., whom she dearly loved, and her husband, Dick.
Some of Margaret’s final statements reflect the essentials of her life on earth believing “that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to what is to follow. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. I am eager to know and do his will. I have great peace of heart to know that I am where I am supposed to be.”
A celebration of her wonderful life will be in November, at Victory Baptist Church, 610 W. Alto Road. More information will be shared closer to that time.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to please send memorial contributions to Child Evangelism Fellowship or Victory Baptist Church. Envelopes will be provided at the mortuary and also at the church.
Above all else, Margaret would want people to know, “The best is yet to come. Are you ready to meet Jesus?”
You are invited to read Margaret’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message for the family. Kelly J. Miller, with Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel is handling arrangements for the family.