Marian Lennis Carter-Rice, 57

Marian Lennis Carter-Rice was born November 11th, 1963 and died on May 18th in Polk County, Florida.

She was the daughter of Marion Jackson Carter, Sr, and Mary Lennis Hankey Carter (nee Hankey). She is survived by an older brother, Marion Jackson Carter Jr, 58 and a younger brother, Martin Scott Carter, 55. A gifted special education teacher with an affinity for handicapped children, Lenn was a caring and beautiful person who went out of her way to make sure these children had the best education possible. A resident of Florida and Polk County most of her life, she will be remembered and loved by all those who knew her. All her family and friends send prayers that she is now at peace.

“Lennis was an exceptional person in many ways. Lennis was a driven person in her profession. Lennis loved her school children. When we met in February 2000 she was finishing her last course for her AA at PCC. Lennis decided to continue to earn her BA and MA at USF in 2002 and 2006. Lennis had certification in Special Education and five other critical areas. Lennis did not let anything hold her back. Lennis and I were married in February 2001 until her death on May 18, 2021. I am deeply saddened by the death of such a kind, smart, intelligent, loving person such as my wife. The world is a little less for such a loss…” – William D Rice

Condolences may be sent to the family at Heath Funeral Chapel.