Laurene S. Rice, 87, of 914 W. Main St., Ellington passed away Tuesday (July 17, 2012) in her home.
She was born Nov. 7, 1924 in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Fred and Bernice Kimble Sprague.
Laurene was a graduate of Falconer High School and in earlier years she was employed at the Grainery Restaurant as the pastry chef.
Laurene S. Rice
As a teenager she was very active in the 4-H Club, which led to her involvement in her adult years to the Country Life Club. She was a member of the Grange for 70 years, serving in many offices. She was the historian of the Ellington Farman Free Library Board Association since 1973, having served as president and vice president. She was also a vice chairman of the Ellicott Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and was involved in the PTA while her children were in school.
For many years Laurene was active in the Ellington Congregational Church which included Sunday School Teacher and Treasurer. She was also on the Board of Directors at F.C.C. Jamestown and Deacons and Women's Group in 1985.
She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Rice whom she married July 8, 1945; two sons, Bill (Susan) Rice of Morgantown, W.V., and Jeff (Connie) Rice of Clymer; five grandchildren, Sheila (John) Radcliff, Nathan (Karen) Rice, Amanda Rice, Kyle Rice, Ryan Rice; two great grandchildren, Logan and Liliana Radcliff; and two brothers, Merlin and Norman Sprague.
Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.
Her memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Saturday July 21 in the First Congregational United Church of Christ 316 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, where Rev. Ray Morris officiated. Inurnment was in Valley View Cemetery, Ellington. Friends were received by the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 in the Falconer Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service in the church.
Memorials may be donated to the Ellington Farman Free Library or the Ellington Fire Department.
Visit www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.