Barbara Elizabeth Rice
MANSFIELD: Barbara Elizabeth Rice, 92, of Mansfield, died July 3, 2014. Born September 28, 1921 in Lebanon, PA, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Weisgerber) Merkle. Barbara always put her family first and enjoyed traveling for family vacations. Active in an AARP group in Madison, she also was a member of the Homemaker's Class. Barbara was an avid Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. A member of First Christian Church, she also was an active member of the Sarah Group at church and was a Deaconess for a number of years.
Surviving are her son, Joseph (Stephanie) Rice of Ontario; daughters-in-law, Danette (Phil) Mueller of Shelby and Susan Rice of Toledo; grandchildren, Mary (Darren) Tuel of North Royalton, Steven (Holly) Rice of Mansfield, Jonathan (Amy) Rice of Dayton, Jeffrey (Jessica) Rice of Toledo, and Jason Rice of Shelby; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sarah Rice of Lexington; and several nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert H. Rice; sons, Robert H. Rice and James A. Rice; sisters, Mary Merkle,Theresa Rutter, Catherine Merkle, and Anna Spahn; and brother, John Merkle.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 200 W. 3rd Street, Mansfield, OH 44902. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. The Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of Barbara Elizabeth Rice.
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