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Claire McFarland Rice

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CLAIRE McFARLAND RICE, 81, OF PHOENIXVILLE Claire McFarland Rice, 81, of Phoenixville, beloved wife of Gene D. Rice for 60 years, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, at her residence. She was born August 17, 1930 in Norwich, New York. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Leona McFarland and her beloved sister Betty Spooner. She graduated from Cortland University in Cortland, New York, where she began her career as a teacher. She was employed by the Phoenixville Area School District as a kindergarten teacher for over 25 years at East Pikeland Elementary School. Mrs. Rice is survived by two sons, Mark Rice and his wife, Carol of Rocklin, CA, and Bradley Rice and his wife, Druery of Phoenixville. She has two sisters, Suzanne Stead and Carol Kramer, both reside in New York. She is also survived by her four loving grandchildren, Paige, Dylan, Alison and Colin Rice. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. February 1 at the First Presbyterian Church, 145 S. Main Street, Phoenixville, with Rev. Dave McCabe.

Published in The Mercury on Jan. 27, 2012
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