The Standard Journal

ANDERSON, Laura Jane


Mrs. Laura Jane Rice Anderson, age 68, of Cedartown, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

Laura Jane was born on November 6, 1954 in Rome, Georgia. Laura was the daughter of the late Joseph Newt and Maxielee Stone Rice. She enjoyed growing up in the country with her three brothers and sister.

Laura graduated from Cedartown High School where she made many close friends for life. Laura enjoyed playing the piano and taught many young children how to play. She then utilized her sharp secretaria­l skills working for several attorneys in the Rome area before moving to Birmingham, Alabama where she became a top administra­tive assistant for several large funeral homes. She then moved back to Rome, where she held the same positions with West Oak Chapel and Good Shepherd Funeral home.

Laura held her most fulfilling and enjoyable position at Berry College Early Childhood Developmen­t Center, located in the log cabins on Berry’s Campus. The children and teachers loved her caring and thoughtful manner, which they lovingly called Mrs. Laura. She retired after 17 years.

Laura was of the Christian faith and loved her Lord Jesus. She expressed her love for Christ by showing a loving kindness to everyone she met. After meeting her love of her life, she married Jeff Anderson on March 21, 1999, the first day of spring. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed going to antique malls and decorating as a hobby.

Laura Jane Anderson is survived by her beloved husband, Jeff Anderson; daughter, Aleah Janean Randall (Chip); sister, Melinda Turner (Barry); brothers, Wendell Rice (Angela) and Barry Rice (Paige); grandchild­ren, Maddison Poole, Kacie Ingold, Lawson Ingold, August Anderson, Kayley Anderson, and Chandler Anderson; nieces, Jessica Rice (Bobby), Jena Owens (Blake), Emily Cantrell (Matthew), Hannah Johnson (Mike), Sara Brown (Jacob) and Rebecca Gresham (Josh); nephews, Seth Rice (Lauren)and Tyler Rice (Katherine); and several great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Anderson is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Stan Rice.

The funeral service for Mrs. Laura Jane Rice Anderson will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at two o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Wood and Rev. Rodney Brown officiatin­g. Interment will follow in the Northview Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Anderson will receive family and friends on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from twelve o’clock in the afternoon until the funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearer­s: Barry Rice, Wendell Rice, Patrick Anderson, Jeff C. Anderson, Steven Rice, and Seth Rice.

Messages of condolence can be made to the family by visiting our website and signing the online guestbook at

The Olin L. Gammage and Son Funeral Home is handling the arrangemen­ts for Mrs. Laura Jane Rice Anderson.

“Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” — Langston Hughes


You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love that you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn back, or you can do what he would want: Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

— Author Unknown

REMEMBER ME Remember me in quiet days, while raindrops whisper on your pane. But in your memories have no grief, let just the joy we knew remain. Remember me when evening stars look down on you with steadfast eyes. Remember if once you wake to catch a glimpse of red sunrise. And when your thoughts do turn to me, know that I would not have you cry. But live for me and laugh for me, when you are happy, so am I. Remember an old joke we shared; remember me when spring walks by. Think once of me when you are glad, and while you live, I shall not die.

— Author Unknown

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfecti­ons. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessne­ss and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

— John Lennon

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understand­ing with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.

— Flavia Weedn

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