Jo Ann Rice passed away Sept. 2, 2012, in her home in Evergreen.
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She was born Feb. 17, 1933, the oldest of three children, to Cecil Abury Pennington and Frances Ellen Steele in Kansas City, Mo. Her family moved to Colorado in 1942. They lived in Frazier until 1948, when they moved to Evergreen. This is where she met her husband, John W. Rice, an Evergreen native.
They married on Feb. 19, 1949, in Evergreen. Jo Ann was involved in a sewing and knitting club, as well as a member of the Creative Hats Club. Club members wore fashionable, handmade ladies hats. She also did many ceramic projects and was involved in Cub Scouts and 4-H projects. Others also know her from cooking in restaurants, bartending and retail.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Rice; grandson Darrell Rice; and brother Bill Pennington. She is survived by her three children, Linda "Rae" Spodyak of Conifer, John Robert "Bob" Rice of Evergreen, and Charles Cecil "Chuck" Rice of Evergreen; grandchildren Stacy Roe, Steve (Katie) Spodyak, Sarah (Taylor) Edberg and Travis Rice; great-grandchildren Dustin and Brandon Roe, Payton and Trenton Edberg, Braylon and Blake Spodyak; and brother Bud Pennington.
A memorial service will be at held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Evergreen Mortuary, 26624 N. Turkey Creek Road in Evergreen.
Published in Canyon Courier from September 19 to September 25, 2012