Julia Ellen Rice, age 53, of Petersburg, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA. She was born on June 26, 1970, the daughter of Elwood Glen Keplinger of Petersburg, WV and the late Mona Florence (Walker) Keplinger. She is survived by her boyfriend, Marty Stupak of Petersburg.
Ms. Rice attended school in Moorefield, Brandywine, and Petersburg, WV and also attended school in Greenville, PA. She formerly attended the Brake Church of the Brethren and was a member of the CVO Women’s Club. Julia had previously worked as a store clerk and at Pizza Hut in Petersburg. She was a woman of many talents who enjoyed; making crafts, necklaces, coloring, pottery, and painting. Julia also had a passion for being in the great outdoors. She loved animals, fishing with her friends, and riding 4-wheelers. Family and friends will take comfort in memories made for a life well lived.
In addition to her father and boyfriend, she is survived by: a son, Steven Glen Rice of Petersburg, WV ; a brother, Dale Walker of Petersburg, WV; a cousin, Shelia Propst of Upper Tract, WV; and friend and caregiver, Laura Alexander of Upper Tract, WV. She was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Edward Keplinger.
Julia’s family will receive friends on Monday, October 30, 2023, 4:30-6 PM at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg, WV. Funeral services will follow at 6:00 PM with Pastor Craig Howard officiating. Following services, her body will be cremated to honor her wishes. Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.