Laura Florence "Sis" Rife, 81

Laura Florence "Sis" Rife, 81, of Wabash, died Sunday, May 3, 2020 at her home.  She was born Feb. 23, 1939 in Prestonsburg, Ky. to John and Sarah (Dearfield) Dillon.

Sis married Carl Rife in Richmond and they were married 59 years; he died Nov. 2, 2015. She worked several years as a Cerified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Miller's Merry Manor in Wabash. She attended Christian Heritage Church. She enjoyed taking care of the elderly, but her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were the joy of her life.  

She is survived by three children, Doug Rife of Warsaw, Mike (Tammy) Rife and Paula (Clifford) Osborne of Wabash; nine grandchildren, Heather (Rick) Gaines of Huntington, Rachel Rife of Virginia Beach, Va., Sarah (Shawn) Bartley of Winona Lake, Betsy (Will) Runyon of Woodburn, Mark (Misty) Rife of Wabash, Jamie (Brandi) Rife of Roann, Brandi Mitchell, Kirk Hamilton, and Tara Hamilton, all of Wabash;  25 great-grandchildren; brother, John (Helen) Dillon of Wabash; sister, Esther (Robert) Webb of Wabash; and her daughter-in-law, Kim Rife of Roann. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sons, James Rife and David Rife.

Private graveside services will be at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating.  Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Riley Hospital for Children.

The memorial guest book for Laura may be signed at

Posted on 2020 May 04