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Eloise Brinkman Rice

Eloise passed away in her home in Seattle on June 28, 2013. Born June 15, 1922 in Roodhouse, Illinois, she was the daughter of John and Ila Brinkman. As a child in Hamilton, Ohio, she was a tomboy with three brothers and one sister. After graduating high school in 1940, she attended Wheaton College then transferred to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to study nursing. Upon graduation, she joined the obstetrics staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In October, 1945, Eloise met Dr. Glen Rice who had just returned from the war after serving as a Marine Corps battalion surgeon in the Pacific. He was newly enrolled as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Hopkins. After a wonderful romance where they discovered that they were both preacher's kids (PKs), they married in May of 1946. Having never been west of the Mississippi River, Eloise moved with Glen to Seattle in 1949. She thought it was the wilderness but soon came to love the Northwest. They settled on Mercer Island and lived there 58 years before moving to Horizon House in downtown Seattle. Eloise raised three sons and always had room for foreign students and international guests in her home. She loved to travel and made friends all over the world. Eloise immersed herself in the world of art and archaeology and was an ardent supporter to the theater, opera and the symphony. She volunteered at Seattle Junior Programs which preceded the Seattle Children's Theater. Teaching Sunday School at Plymouth Church kept her involved with young people. An active member of the Women's University Club, she celebrated her 91st birthday there. For 50 years, Eloise and Glen enjoyed their cabin at Sandy Point on Whidbey Island. They played tennis and golf and enjoyed many friends in that community. After Glen retired in 1986, they continued their active lifestyle into their mid 80's. She always said how lucky she was to have found her dear Glen and to have had such an interesting and full life. Eloise is survived by her husband Glen, her sons Steve(Fredrica), Greg, and Pete and by grandsons Nat Burgess(Erica), Josh Burgess (Cara), Fritz Rice, Paul Rice and Glen Rice. She was predeceased by her brothers John and Stanley Brinkman and is survived by brother Paul Brinkman and sister Glaydis Lutz.

There will be a reception for Eloise at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 5 at Horizon House. Please feel free to make a donation in Eloise's name to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest or to a .
Published in The Seattle Times from July 2 to July 5, 2013
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