Louise E. Rice, 98, died of age related health problems on Dec. 7 at Ashley Manor Care Center in Hines.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1912, in Corvallis to Hans J. and Edna Mae Tilrum.
On Dec. 26, 1930, she married Roy Rice. They resided in the Portland-Vancouver area for many years, where they were employed and raised their two children, John and Sally.
After moving to the Long Beach Peninsula in Southwest Washington in 1952, Rice was employed as a retail clerk and gift buyer for Ilwaco Pharmacies in Ilwaco, Wash. She was active and involved with family and community affairs, and holds the honors of past president of the Pacific County Chapter of Business and Professional Women’s Organization, as well as state level past president of Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington State. In 1982, she published a book titled, “Soapsuds to Sunday School.” Rice conducted classes in her home on subjects relating to the book that offered college credits through Grays Harbor Community College.
Rice relocated to the Hines area in May 2001, to live near her daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Eldon Hart. While residing at the Aspens Assisted Living Center, she found pleasure in surfing the web, at the age of 93, becoming proficient at playing computer games, tracing her family history and researching various other topics of interest.
Rice is survived by her son, John Rice and wife Maxine of Boring; daughter, Sally Hart and husband Eldon of Hines; sister, Eunice Hippenstiel of Gresham; brother, Harold Tilrum of Corvallis; grandchildren, Cheryl Halstead of Jacksonville, Fla., Roy Rice of Rochester, N.Y., and Lori Rice of Aberdeen, Wash.; eight great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; and many cherished friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Roy, in 1966.
At Rice’s request, there will be no funeral services. Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.
Internment was at Taylor-Ocean Park Cemetery in Ocean Park, Wash.
Contribution’s in Rice’s memory may be made to the Harney County Library, 80 West D Street, Burns, OR 97720, or Harney County Senior and Community Services, 17 S. Alder, Burns OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.