Doreen Rice, born Evelyn Doreen Henderson, passed away on June 7, 2014, three days short of her 91st birthday.
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Her son Michael, daughter Kathleen and their families survive her. Her stepson Frederick and stepdaughter Suzanne and their families also survive her from her second marriage.
Mrs. Rice was born in Edmonton, Alberta prior to moving to Pendleton, Oregon where she was raised. She traveled east after high school and attended the Eastman School of Music where she studied piano prior to traveling to Germany after the Second World War to join her new husband, Dr. George Milton Shy. During the next 25 years she lived as Doreen Shy in London, Montreal, Denver, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York as G. Milton ultimately became the first Clinical Director of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness (now NINDS) at the NIH, Chair of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Chair of Neurology at Columbia University.
Several years after Dr. Shy's untimely death in 1967 Doreen re-married Frederick Rice, a director of advertising for Phillip's Petroleum. She and Fred spent 25 years together in Colorado and Arizona until Fred passed away in 1973. Doreen then moved to Detroit Michigan to get to know her grand children Brian and Alexandra and ultimately Brian's wife Kim and Great Granddaughter Penny. Doreen was loved and treasured by all the Shy and Rice families as well as by all who knew her. Her love of music, archeology, the arts and literature was incredible. Even more amazing was her gift of communicating easily with anyone she met, without judgment, no matter what a person's background. She was unique, will always be remembered by those who loved her and she will be missed more than words can say.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from July 17 to Aug. 16, 2014