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DeKalb, Illinois

May 9, 1984 – Nov 14, 2020 (Age 36)


May 9, 1984
November 14, 2020
DeKalb, Illinois


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Anderson Funeral Home - DeKalb Obituary

Margaret M. Rice, 36, of Waterman, Illinois, passed away suddenly on, November 14, 2020.

She was born in Downers Grove on May 9, 1984, the daughter of Shawn Eaton and Kathy Plese. She married Nathan Rice on October 21, 2006 at St. James Church in Lee, IL.

Margaret was a graduate of Indian Creek High School. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.  While in college she was a writer for the Western Star. After graduation she continued writing for the Daily Southtown and then for the Catholic Order of Foresters. She will be remembered as Deputy Rice of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Margaret enjoyed reading, writing, and cooking. Her love for travel took her throughout the world, with her favorite destination being London.

Loving wife of Nathan Rice, Beloved mother of Elijah Rice. The dear sister of Nathaniel (Alicia), Anne (Chris) Eaton and Elizabeth (Eric) Boehm. Sister-in-law of Janelle (Nathan) Stein. Daughter of Shawn and Kathleen Eaton. Daughter-in-law of Craig and Pam Rice. Aunt to many. Granddaughter of Ceil Plese.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Leo Plese and paternal grandparents, Harry and Mary Eaton

A private family funeral mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church, with Father Bonaventure Okoro officiating. A private burial will follow at North Clinton Cemetery.

The family asks you to join them virtually at the following link

for a 9:30 am visitation and a 10:30 am funeral mass on Wednesday November 18, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Margaret Rice Memorial Fund, addressed to the Rice Family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.

For information, visit or call 815-756-1022.



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I am so sorry to hear about Margaret's death. I enjoyed working with her at Shabbona nursing and rehab when she was in high school. She was also very kind when I would see her at St. James in Lee. My deepest sympathy to the Rice and Eaton families.

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Margaret was a lovely, intelligent and brave young woman with a beautiful smile. She was in a grade between our two daughters at Indian Creek. It was always a delight to see her.

Margaret was an amazing and faithful mother. She and Nathan were exceptional parents in every way. Our prayers will continue for God's healing and strength for the family she dearly loved. May they all keep their faith in Christ Jesus until they meet again in Glory.

Dispatch strong prayers from DeKalb PD.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may the perpetual light shine upon her.

May she rest in peace.

May her soul, and the souls of all the faithfully departed, rest in peace. Amen.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Rice and Eaton families as they grieve this sudden loss. In recent years, I've enjoyed chatting with Margaret about books; she always had great suggestions. She will be missed by so many.

Nate and Family, I’m sorry for your untimely loss. But I am also glad that you got to share amazing experiences together with Margaret and know that those memories will live on infinitely. Rest In Peace, Margaret.
Sincerely and with Love,
Joe and Jasmin

Margaret was such a kind, sweet person. I only have great memories of her growing up. Praying for the Rice and Eaton families and hoping they find comfort. Margaret will be missed by so many.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Aaron & Sarah Rice & family

I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you