Thelma Cannady Rice, a retired veteran public school educator and 50-year member of her church, died of cancer Wednesday at her daughter's Woodlawn home. She was 101.
Born Thelma E. Cannady in Hampton, Va., she was a member of a family associated with Hampton Normal College, now Hampton University. Family members said much of her childhood was spent on the school's campus, where her father ran a commissary and her mother had a guest house, the Holly Tree Inn.
Mrs. Rice received her diploma from the School of Education at Hampton Normal College in 1927. In 1930 she earned a bachelor's in education, also from Hampton.
After graduating from college, Mrs. Rice taught in...