OSKALOOSA — Edith L. Rice, 89, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab. Center in Oskaloosa.
She was born Oct. 9, 1923, at Armstrong, Mo., the daughter of Stephen P. and Margaret E. Black Garner. She graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1941. Following graduation she worked as a bookkeeper at Blackford’s Feed Company in Oskaloosa. On Dec. 10, 1944, she was united in marriage to (Robert) Neal Rice at Oskaloosa; he died Jan. 22, 2001. In the mid 1950s, Edith started Rice Accounting; she had offices in Oskaloosa and Knoxville; she retired from there in 2007. Edith was very active throughout her life. She enjoyed taking all of her grandchildren camping and to the hot air balloon races in Indianola. She also enjoyed traveling, playing cards, reading, fishing and volunteering. She also enjoyed dancing, especially ballroom dancing, of which she taught for a time. She was a very talented seamstress. Edith was a member of the Fellowship Bible Church in Oskaloosa, D.A.R., the O.D.O. neighborhood club, and Family Farm Group. Early in life she had served as a Sunday school teacher and 4-H Leader. Edith delighted in her family, she always looked forward to getting everyone together to visit.
Her family includes her two sons and their wives, Steve and Leslie Rice, of Oskaloosa, and Larry and Pam Rice, of Michigan City, Miss.; six grandchildren, Adam Rice, Carrie (and Bruce) Taylor, David (and Tonya) Rice, Ryan (and Dana) Rice, Justin (and Lea) Rice, and Gabriel Rice; 10 great-grandchildren, Bracken Taylor, Reina Taylor, Theron Taylor, Ethan Rice, Leah Rice, Rachel Rice, Colin Rice, Jacob Rice, Emily Rice and Alice Rice; a brother, John Garner, of Oskaloosa; two sisters-in-law, Marie Hibler of Oskaloosa and Mert Garner, of Oskaloosa.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Gwendolyn Rice; a grandson, Larry Rice; and two brothers, William “Bud” Garner and Bob Garner.