In Memory of Marlys McGrath, Rhodes, Rice
1943 - 2004
Your life was a blessing
      your memory a treasure...
   You are loved beyond words   
  and missed beyond measure...

It is with great sadness to inform all of you that Marlys McGrath, Rhodes, Rice passed away of a sudden illness on Thursday, August 5, 2004.

Marlys was the author of the book titled "Stones of Time" a listing of all Dixon County Burials. I as well as all of the Dixon County researchers am most grateful for all of the assistance that she has given to us over the years. She was a wealth of information and helped many of us find our roots.

She will forever be etched in our memories and our hearts. We loved her and will miss her.

I thank Marlys for her patience with me, her humor and finding my great great grandfather Snyders resting place.



"Marlys unselfishly took the time to help others in search of their Dixon County Ancestors.  As you know, she published the Cemetery Book which contains a wealth of information which she shared with anyone who asked. 

A few years ago, Marlys and her husband Derald planned and hosted a reunion for the Whittford/Rice/Coats/Lovell and other related famlies at her home in Concord. The reunion was attended by many people who had been communicating with her over the years.

For those who had the privilege of meeting her, knowing her and sharing with her she will always be in our hearts and dearly missed by all. "

Michalene Cardella


"Marlys Rice was a very special lady.  I had the good fortune to meet her in June, 2002 at a wonderful Family Reunion she organized in Dixon, Nebraska.  Her efforts in geneaology were superb.  And her life was remarkable.  She was an intelligent, loving, spiritual, active and involved woman.  Let us all keep Marlys in our hearts and prayers.  God's Blessings on Marlys and her family from her distant cousin.

Pam Whitford Brigandi
Corona Del Mar, California


I was very shocked and saddened to see that Marlys had passed away. She and I had communicated many times about our families and their history in Dixon County. I wish to add my prayers for her family.
Dot Morris