Molly Moore Rice (Mrs. Marion J. Rice) died March 19, 2014 at her Athens home.
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Born September 8, 1922 in Savannah, Georgia, Mrs. Rice grew up primarily in Macon, Ga and Savannah. She graduated from Miller High School, Macon, in 1940, and attended Mercer College. She became a licensed pilot and joined the Civil Air Patrol, then served with the Women's Ferry Service before the CAP. During World War II she was employed at Warner Robbins Air Base. After calling such diverse places as Tangiers, Morocco and Rome, Georgia home, the Rice family settled in Athens in the early 1960's.
Mrs. Rice earned degrees in Early Childhood Education and Reading Education from the University of Georgia. She was the first Kindergarten teacher and coordinator of the pre-school program at the First Presbyterian Church, Athens, a reading specialist at Barnett Shoals Elementary School, and the county reading coordinator for the Barrow County schools.
Mrs. Rice was an active parishioner for many years at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. She was also a member of the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for over 50 years, a member of the League of Women voters, the University of Georgia Women's Club, and a "life member" of the Girl Scouts of America.
Mrs. Rice is pre-deceased by her parents Mary M. Moore and Alan A. Moore, her brother Alan A. Moore, Jr, and her sister Lida M. Dugger. She is survived by her husband Dr. Marion Jennings Rice, children Charles L. Rice, Lida Rice Waugh, and William A. Rice, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Rice gifted her remains to the Medical College of Georgia. A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens, Ga at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the MSA Coalition, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434, Raleigh, NC 27617.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Mar. 22, 2014