Marjorie E. Rice
Marjorie E. “Marge” Rice, 95, Stevens Point, died Thursday,
April 14, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7,
at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Howard
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday, May
7, until the service.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
or Heifer International.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences
may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Rice was born May 11, 1920, in Blue Mound, Ill., a
daughter of the late Earle and Mitilda Blackburn.
She attended Eastern Illinois University and received a
bachelor’s degree in education.
She was married to Orville Rice April 22, 1943, in Annapolis, Md. He died April 11, 2005.
They moved to Stevens Point in 1956 when her husband became
a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).
She was active in the Stevens Point community in many ways.
She was a member of the North County Homemakers club for more than 50 years.
She taught a wide variety of topics, helped seniors at the Portage County Home,
baked cookies for the Christmas tea, maintained the scrap book, and brought up
international events for discussions.
She was a Cub Scout leader and a 4-H leader during the time
her children were of school age. She was a long standing member and treasurer
of the League of Women Voters.
She participated in the UWSP community, hosting student
events and students. She and her husband also hosted a Vietnamese family in
She was a member of University Women and served as a hostess
for many of the Festival of Arts events.
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church,
where she served on the Lay Leaders Committee, was chairwoman of the woman’s
circle and was president of St. Paul’s United Methodist Women.
After her husband retired she was an attentive primary
caregiver for him for many years.
Survivors include four children, Alan (Victoria) Rice,
Littleton, Colo., Paul (Tess) Rice, Stevens Point, Karen (Natasha Dallin) Rice,
Sebastopol, Calif., and Karl Rice, Young America, Minn.; and numerous grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Vernon.