After about 40 years of service, it was finally time to retire the old Zodiac that Ione and I fished from all over Mexico. Miss you Mom!
She was a good friend to my aunt Alice Johnson. They taught together at Leuzinger and Aunt Alice had wonderful stories about sailing. Mrs. Rice sent lovely letters to Alice to encourage her when Alice was ill and dying.
I believe gramma gave to me the travel bug as well as my knack for language among many wonderful gifts. Strong, generous, and fiercely independent, I couldn't have had a better gramma.
What an inspiring life Ione led. She and Vern were neighbors on 7th Avenue in Inglewood as I was growing up. She and my mom, Ruth Jones, were traveling buddies for many years (my mom died in 2000 at 98). Ione's Earthwatch trips were legendary and made for many wonderful stories. What a full life she led! My last meeting with her was at her 100th birthday party and a visit with her at her home in Torrance afterwards. I have attached a picture of her then. Linda Brooks, now Washington DC
You were so full of life, energy, and grace.
You added a brightness to my life.
Thank goodness we got to meet.
I shall think of you.
I shall miss you.
Yours was a life well lived.
Carolyn in Washougal, Washington
What a great life! Señora Rice was my Spanish teacher at Inglewood High School (1968-72). Because of her and Señora Zee, I became a Spanish teacher.
Mrs. Rice (Senora Rice) was my Spanish teacher in my freshman year at Inglewood High (1970-71). I remember coming to school the day of the 1971 earthquake (Feb. 9, 1971) and learning the word for earthquake in Spanish...terremoto.
Mrs Rice was my Spanish teacher at Inglewood High School. It sounds like she continued to love life long after I graduated!
Ann (Barnard) Jordan Class of 69
Senora, Rice, I will miss you! I loved the visits to San Miguel and the orphanage you sponsoerd in Baja California with the IHS Spanish Club. You were always kind, generous, and full of life.
IHS class of 1972
I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life she led!
She was an unforgettable teacher. She was my Spanish teacher at Inglewood High School (1956-57) and some of my strongest high school memories are of her teaching. We were so lucky to have been in her class.
Ione was a great mother in law, great grand mother to my beautiful daughters and she was always there to help after they were born. Often we struggled for who got to hold the girls when they were born the most, and she won every time. I so admire her spirit, honesty and love she had for life and nature. She's now joined "Universewatch"...you'll hear from her again. Love, Alex, Kate & Emily
I loved hearing her stories of all the adventures she had. She was a remarkable and incredibly inspiring woman! Love and sympathies to Don, Carol, Brad and Steve, and the rest of the Rice family.
Ione Rice was a member of the 'Write Your Life Story' class in Torrance, and what stories she related and read to us on many Wednesday mornings! She came dressed to the 'T', and looking beautiful, and her spirit emanated from her with all of her life's experiences and adventures. She surely had a variety of them. Ione was a beautiful woman. God rest her soul.
I remember her as a Spanish Teacher at LHS 1938 or 1939. I graduated '41. Betty Hannah Keel A real role model.
Ione Rice has inspired me since I was 17 years old, and continues to do so. Her sense of adventure, and her kindness, remind us all of a life well-lived.
There was no better Mom in the whole world! Hope to catch up with you on the other side. Rest in Peace!
Mrs. Rice was my freshman Spanish teacher at Inglewood High. She instilled a love of the language that later brought me to teaching bilingual classes in elementary school classes in IUSD. We were in Tahiti and watched a film of her work with the spinner dolphins. What a remarkable woman!