Thelma J. (Hutchinson) Wrice, 86, of New Britain, Conn., passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at The Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. Thelma was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and was the daughter of the late Jasper and Queen Esther (Singleton) Hutchinson. She came to Connecticut as a young woman with her beloved aunt Mrs. Clara Fort. Thelma met and married her late husband, Wiley D. Wrice Sr. shortly after. She was employed by Fafnir Bearings Co. where she worked as a machinist for over 20 years, until her retirement in 1994.
Thelma is survived by her seven children, Wiley D. Wrice Jr. Veronica K. Lucy, Roderick D. Wrice I (Latha), Anthony E. Wrice Sr., Denise Wrice (Richard Allen), Michael Wrice and Crystale E. Naylor (David). She leaves to carry her memory 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, seven brothers and two sisters. She is predeceased by her sister, Patricia Lynn Ray-Carter and her cherished sister-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Billue-Smith-Wrice-Harris and her dear friend, Mrs. Dot Eagleton. The Wrice family would like to send their thanks and appreciation to the Hospital of Central Connecticut, especially the nurses and doctors of C-5 and the ICU as well as Dr. Byeff, and the entire staff at George Bray Cancer Center for their many years of service and care.
Homegoing Celebration for Thelma will be held Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at 12 p.m. at Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane, New Britain, with the Rev. Jacqueline King, Pastor, presiding. Cremation will follow the Funeral and Burial will be Private in Fairview Cemetery, New Britain. Relatives and friends may call at Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Service of Comfort and Compassion provided by the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain. To extend condolences to the Wrice family or to share a memory of Thelma, please visit SHAKERFUNERAL HOME.COM