Elvira Pearl (Emry) Rice 1918 - 2011 Tonganoxie

Services for Elvira Pearl (Emry) Rice, 92, Tonganoxie, will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Burial will follow at Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Mrs. Rice died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Nov. 25, 1918, in Independence, Kan., the second of two daughters to William David and Catherine (Hart) Emry.
Mrs. Rice was a graduate of Independence High School and Independence Community College. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Pittsburg State University.
She began her teaching career in 1939 in a one-room schoolhouse, instructing children in grades 1–8. Mrs. Rice taught at many locations around the state of Kansas, including Elk City, Morgantown and various schools in Montgomery County. She retired from teaching in 1981 after nearly 20 years of teaching fourth grade for the Tonganoxie and Jarbalo school districts. Her friends and family knew her as a spry, spunky lady full of ideas, and one always knew where she stood on issues.
She married Frank H. Rice on May 20, 1945, in Coffeyville. He preceded her in death in 2006 at the age of 90.
Survivors include her twin sons, Bill and Bob Rice, of Tonganoxie; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6–7:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the student scholarship fund at Tonganoxie High School and may be sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, 66044; (785) 843-1120.
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