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RICE-Stan. Noted poet and painter, born November 7, 1942 in Dallas, Texas; died on December 9, 2002 in New Orleans after a four month fight with brain cancer. He was the beloved husband of Anne O'Brien Rice and the father of Christopher Rice and Michele Rice (deceased). He was the son of Mr. Stanley Rice (deceased) and Mrs. Margaret Rice. Survivors include his brother Larry Rice and two sisters, Nancy Rice Diamond and Cynthia Rice Rogers. He is lovingly mourned by other relatives. Mr. Rice graduated from Richardson High School in 1960. He attended North Texas State University before moving to California. He graduated from San Francisco State University, where he enjoyed a long teaching career and served as assistant director of the Poetry Center and later chairman of the Creative Writing Department for many years. He was the recipient of the prestigious Joseph Henry Jackson Award, one of the first writing fellowships ever given by the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Academy of American Poets. After teaching for 22 years he retired in 1988, he moved with his family to New Orleans and devoted his life to writing poetry and painting. The Stan Rice Gallery was opened in 1999. Soon after was developed. Stan is the author of seven published books of poetry and one book of his paintings by Knopf. His book, ``Red to the Rind'' was just published this fall. ``False Prophet'', his latest collection of poems will appear in the coming year. The list of his books are as follows: ``Red to the Rind'' (2002), ``Radiance of Pigs'' (1999), ``Fear Itself'' (1995), ``Singing Yet'' (1992), ``Body of Work'' (1983), ``Whiteboy'' (1976), ``Some Lamb'' (1975). ``Paintings'' (1997) was published by Alfred Knopf, New York. A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 13, 2002, at 3PM at Bultman Funeral Home, 3338 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 70115. Visitation for friends and family will begin at 1 PM. Burial will be private. Memorials to Amnesty International, 322 8th Avenue, New York, New York 10001, are preferred.

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Published in New York Times on Dec. 11, 2002.
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May 26, 2017
Valenda Newell
October 24, 2013
We have you & Christopher & the rest of the family in our continued prayers . Sorry it's taken so long for us to realize this had happened!
Floyd Templeton & Angie Champion/Ballenger/ Templeton
April 24, 2011
"Non Omnis Moriar" (work in progress)
People "touch" your life for a reason.....firstly, for me, it was Anne Rice and her spell-binding fantasy, also, it is Stan Rice...sad that he has passed...his painting and poetry I'm not sure I understand but I know I want to explore them more thoroughly...
Brenda 25.4.11
Brenda Matson
May 12, 2010
Anne Rice
December 26, 2004
I just learned of Mr.Rice's death after reading about it on Mrs.Rice's website.

I am so sorry for your loss. May his spirit triumph over death.
Stephanie George
October 20, 2004
As an avid fan of Mrs. Rice's books, I did not learn of her husbands death until I went on a Garden District tour last week. My deepest condolences go out to the family on their loss of a great man.
Kate Davis
April 20, 2004
Je m'interresse rarement a la vie des autres, mais quand il s'agit d'Anne Rice je ne peut m'en empêcher tout me chanboule du debut jusqu'a la fin. Depuis que Stan Rice est mort chaque année a la date de sa mort j'ai une pensé pour lui et pour tout ce qu'Anne Rice a du faire pour surmonter toute sa peine. Je sais ce que ca fait de perdre quel qu'un qu'on aime et je suis de tout coeur avec toi!!!
January 31, 2004
From a devoted fan of Anne Rice. Your sorrow is deeply felt.
Pamela Veek
January 14, 2004
Je m'interesse rarement à votre vie ,car pour moi elle est intime. Je vous rencontre à travers vos écrits et pour moi cela suffit amplement car ils sont tout simplement magnifiques .C'est donc avec stûpeur et desemparement que je viens d'apprendre ce drame tragique.Mon âme ,mon coeur et mes prières sont à vous.Chaque fois que je léverai les yeux vers le ciel et que la lune habillera de rayons d'argentés les étoiles mes pensées vous appartiendront à vous et à votre famille.J'espere qu'un jour ,votre âme connaitra la paix ,le silence éternel...Puissent les anges veiller sur vous et vos proches.
akbal salwa
November 15, 2003
God Have you with him. Thanks for being born.
Jackie Mejia
July 6, 2003
Please accept my sympathy in this time of sorrow.We'll miss your husband's work
Bernard Doneux
February 16, 2003
I offer my respect. I came to know of Mr. Rice by way of his wife's work.
Charles Hopkins
January 25, 2003
Dearest Anne,
I only just learned of your loss, and I am deeply saddened by it. My wish to you is that the grief you feel, with the lost of your beloved husband, inspires you have inspired many other people. He is with you in your heart, and you are with us in ours. Dear Anne, thank you for being who you are, and for showing us a piece of you in every word you write.

With Sympathy, and much Love, Jane.
Jane Mullen
January 19, 2003
Dear Mrs. Rice, I just wanted to send my condolences to you, your family, and friends. I only just read that Stan passed last month. I wish there was something I could say or do to make the pain go away. I will pray for your strength and keep you in my heart. Thank you for sharing your books with us and I'll continue to buy them as long as you continue to write them. Take care, be strong and God bless!
Amanda Ory
January 14, 2003
All of our thoughts are with you anne whill in this great time of greif. with love an adouring fan of yours and mr. Rice .
angelica mchale
January 9, 2003
We love you Anne, and we're always with you.
Verity Holloway
January 8, 2003
When gods drown and lay in slumber on beds of stone.
Where belief's walls tower againts feilds of faith.
What men may say when they mean't not to do.
Who trys to speak, but words are world apart.
How change is feared for death is a first step.
And why we speak when they are not near.
Because the soul is beyond us, but it is still here.
The loved and the lost are gathered there.
In that place, that spot were we cannot look in to stare.
Not in nirvana or heaven. Not on some other plane.
But those who haved passed are in us now.
And they smile at our memories. So we comfort in ther names.

(A cheeze poem by Jeffrey J. Hames to the Goddess Anne Rice)
Jeffrey Hames
January 7, 2003
God bless you and your family in this trying time. Wish that there was something wise to say that could comfort you. But know this, that there are many who feel they are joined at the heart with you through your books, and they share in your sorrow. God bless.
Jesse Wright
January 7, 2003
Dear Mrs. Rice and Chris,

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Rice. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Words could never possibly express my sadness.
May you once again have sunshine in your life.
Best Wishes to you and yours,
Susan Wong
January 3, 2003
Dear Anne and Christopher and to all the Rice family,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will light a candle for him. I hope there is light in the darkness for you yet. Keep faith; we are always here.
Andria Lea
January 2, 2003
To the Rice family,
i am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. my hopes and prayers are with you for a happy new year.
Morgan Li
January 2, 2003
My deepest sympathize for the the loss of your beloved husband.
Joe Munguia
January 1, 2003
I am very sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Monica Close
December 30, 2002
Mrs. Rice, I am deeply saddened to hear only a few days ago of the death of your beloved husband, Stan. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
God Bless
Cerlida Fletcher
cerlida fletcher
December 26, 2002
Anne & Christopher,
We are so sorry to hear of Stan's battle. Our hearts and prayers go to you both.
Love always,
Tony and Debbie Trinchini
Tony & Debbie Trinchini
December 25, 2002
To The Rice Family:
Sorry to hear of your loss. With deepest sympathy. Mr. Twain and I await your return.
Christine Nemeth
December 24, 2002
I am sorry for your loss.
I am sorry for your family's loss.
I am sorry for our loss.
D.J. Witte
December 22, 2002
My thoughts are with Anne and her family!
Candace Keeping
December 20, 2002
Anne and Christopher,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Roberts
December 20, 2002
Dear Anne & Christopher,

Fly to the angels
Off a windswept hill
Their voices are calling his name
Maralyne Catalano
December 19, 2002
Our deepet sympathies and our prayers are with you & Christopher at this time. God will watch over you, and heal with time.
Darlene & Brandi Smith
December 18, 2002
Our most deepest sympathy & condolences to Anne and her entire family during this time of grief.

Their loss is great and no words can make it better.

May time, faith, and loving family ease your pain and lift your hearts.

God bless and peace
Patrick & Julie Wescott
December 18, 2002
Dear Anne and Christopher,
Sadly, no measure of words can truely convey what needs to be said.
All I can offer is my deapest sympathies and condolences.
I hope you can find the solace you need in your friends and family who love and cherish you most.
December 18, 2002
Anne and Christopher,

May God be with you in your time of sorrow. My deepest sympathies to both of you.

Blessed Be,
Amy Alexander
December 17, 2002
Although I am a fan of literature, there are no words for this. My prayers go to Anne & Christopher Rice in this time of hardship.
Ruth Walter
December 16, 2002
To Anne and Christopher
My deepest sympathies go out to you on the loss of your beloved husband and father.
G Hodges
December 16, 2002
Heartfelt condolences to Christopher and family, from a fan.
Rick Kralick
December 15, 2002
To the Rice Family,
Thinking of their smile, a genuine laugh, or even a tear-filled one is ever truly gone. They live in our hearts and minds forever. May the comfort in knowing love and keeping that love alive in your dreams and in your life bring you peace now and always.
Michelle Ranstrom
December 15, 2002
Dearest Anne,

This evening as I was chatting online with some friends who are as devoted to your works as I am, I heard of Mr. Rice's passing.

I know Stan was an inspiration to you, and so much more. That he lived and loved you so that you might live and love us, your fans, was the greatest gift we could receive from a man the majority of us will never know.

My deepest sympathies to you and Chris in your time of grieving. May you find solace in the wind and in the music of a life that is not gone, only relieved, walking with you still in the days and nights to come.

D. Lachaise
December 15, 2002
Dear Anne, I am so very sorry for your loss.Love and prayers. Pete
pete peterfish
December 15, 2002
Dear Stan,
We celebrate your life and your many contributions to this world of art. Now, go do your awesome work in Heaven.
Antonio Tabb
December 15, 2002
Dear Anne,
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sending my deepest condolences to you, your son and Stan's family. You are in my prayers for this hard time. May god be with you, and may Stan rest in peace.
You will be in my thoughts for eternity, and I know you will find the strength to go on.
You're biggest fan, Joey
Joey Summers
December 14, 2002
My prayer goes out to Anne and the rest of Stans family, I can only imagine how you must feel. Where ever Stan is now I hope he found peace and happiness. Stans poems were unique, I geuss. I didnt always understand them but they always gave me a warm glowing spot inside me . May you live an eternal life through your poems and art work.
December 14, 2002
To Anne and Chris, may you find the solace and strength to carry on.
Now that Stan is part of everything, you will find him in a snowflake or a drop of rain.
Louisa Joles
December 14, 2002
sending you my condoleances. may god be with you.
Alexis LEGER
December 14, 2002
I just wanted to add my deepest condolences to Stan's family and friends. I have been a fan of his poetry for many years, and will sorely miss the vitality which embodied his work. My thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn him.
Brianna Roth
December 13, 2002
Dear Anne and family,

I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my prayers during this time of sorrow.
Juliana Souza
December 13, 2002

TONY (rosemary's cousin)
December 13, 2002
Dear Anne,

Just want to let you know how sorry I am hear of the death of your beloved husband Stan. May God be with you during this time of sorrow and grief in you life.

With sympathy and love
Linda Bass
linda bass
December 13, 2002
My deepest sympathies to you Anne, your son, and the entire Rice family. Your husband's talent will be sadly missed.

May he rest in peace!

Joy Richoux
Joycelynn Richoux
December 13, 2002
chirstphor and anne rice and family i am sorry to hear about your loss i keep you and your family in my prayers may god bless each one of you stan is a nice he will be sadly missed he was friendly to me i like his paintings and novels is great i loveto read them he has great talent my prayers with yall friend of the family
mr.leslie clyde smith
December 13, 2002
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.
Graham Family
December 13, 2002
Anne and Christopher
My deepest sympathy to you and your son. You are in my prayers.
Cindy Krenzelak
December 12, 2002
Anne, I offer this to you in your time of sorrow. These are not my words, but the words of my people when a sorrow like this befalls us.

I give you this one thought to keep
I am with you still--I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awake in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not think of me as gone
I am with you still--in each new dawn.

Much peace and comfort be with you Anne and may the Great Spirit comfort you in your pain.

Nokomis Quick
December 12, 2002
Dearest Anne and Christopher,
I had so hoped that this illness would pass and leave health and happy endings behind. I'm truly sorry about Stan, and I know that no words can convey exactly what I want to say, or smooth the edges of the pain, but I just wanted to let you know that I am incredibly sorry and you have my deepest sympathies.
Goddess bless.
Cerridwyn Brighid
Cerridwyn Brighid
December 12, 2002
Dear Anne and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Eve Grant
December 12, 2002
My deepest sympathy to your family at this time.
Sandi Cash
December 12, 2002
Anne and Christopher,
I wish to pass on my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Stan. You are in my thoughts.
Steve Mabry
December 12, 2002
I would like to exprees my sympathy to all of the Rice family.
Shirley Bowen
December 12, 2002
Stan's haunting, hypnotic, and satirical works of art on page and canvas will remain timeless. His love for his wife and family were not just obvious, but enviable. I met him only once, but his kindness and sensitivity were evident.

To his family, I offer the deepest sympathy in their time of grief.

They say if we are fortunate, we will find true love once in a lifetime. A love that compliments and blends two souls to work harmoniously as one. Never was that philosophy so evident than in the marriage of Stan and Anne Rice.

May God Bless you Anne and Christopher, please know your fans and friends share in your grief and with their love, attempt to provide comfort.

Brian Sherrard & Jeni Gamble
Brian Sherrard
December 12, 2002
Anne keep in your heart all the wonderful memories of a life spent with Stan and he will always be close. You were blessed to have had the man when the world had only his art.

Your lives have impacted my own with great profundity. My deepest sympathies.
Rosemary Clark
December 12, 2002
Stan gave us so much and asked for nothing in return. He inspired and encouraged me as a poet. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those he touched. Peace be with Stan, his family, and his many friends.
Armond Blackwater
December 12, 2002
Stan gave us so much and asked for nothing in return. He inspired and encouraged me as a poet. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those he touched. Peace be with Stan, his family, and friends.
Armond Blackwater
December 12, 2002
Anne and family,
Please know that I am keeping you all in prayer.Blessings,
Gerry Isaacs, Angels W/O Wing,Dallas, Tx
Gerry Isaacs
December 12, 2002
Anne and Chris, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care and know I will be sending you all of my good thoughts, so very sorry for your loss.
Jana Westphal
December 12, 2002
So sorry for your loss, his poems and stores will be greatly missed, by all his fans. Keep the FAITH//
A true fan
deidre Mayfair
December 12, 2002
To the Rice family: May all of the kind words present here, along with wonderful memories, give you the strength to deal with such a loss. My love and condolences to all of you.
Jamie Radley
December 12, 2002
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Bultman Funeral Home
December 11, 2002
Mrs. Rice, Christopher Rice, and family~
I'm sure words are a small comfort to you now, especially words from a stranger, even so, your lives have touched me profoundly, as did the life of your beloved. Never doubt the impact he had, and will continue to have. You are in my prayers. Blessed be.
Zandra Wooten
December 11, 2002
I'm sorry, Anne.
Bill Seely
December 11, 2002
Anne, hearing of Stan’s death was a painful shock to us both. The times we spent together are as fresh in memory as if they were only yesterday. Stan fought the hard fight and lived his life as an artist; his fine poetry will endure. We can scarcely imagine the pain you and Christopher must be feeling and the void Stan’s passing will leave. Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts are with you.

Shirley Stuart, Berkeley
Shirley Stuart
December 11, 2002
All though I never had the pleasure of meeting Stan I'm sure he was a very nice man. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and I wish Peace of heart and mind for Anne and Chris and the whole Rice Family. "Lestat Lives Forever"
Shirley Plaunt
December 11, 2002
Anne and Christopher, I pray that God will comfort you both and all the rest of Stan's family and friends. Here is the Catholic prayer for the faithful departed:

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Nathan Nelson
December 11, 2002
To Anne, Christopher and Stan's family, my deepest heartfelt condolense on your lost. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time and have been since learning of Stan's condition. God be with you all.
Dwight Tiger
December 11, 2002
Sincere condolences to Ann and Christopher in the loss of husband and father. Cherish your memories the love remains forever.
Susan Floyd-Cudd
December 11, 2002
I wish to send Anne and her entire family Peace on their Paths.
Dana McAdory-Ranson
December 11, 2002
Deepest sympathy and condolences about this tragic loss. Mr. Stan Rice will live on through the literature and artwork that he had bestowed upon the public. Stan, and family, will be in the hearts and prayers of all fans.
Mandy Mahaffey
December 11, 2002
We offer our condolences for your loss.
The Smiths
December 11, 2002
(AOL cut me off right after I finished my entry, so if this is a duplication, please excuse me and understand why.) My deepest condolences to Anne Rice and the rest of Stan's family. I had the pleasure of meeting both Anne and Stan in their home in September of 1991, where they graciously hosted a reception for the New Orleans Writers' Conference. As both a published poet and vampire novelist, I have drawn inspiration from both Stan and Anne. My deepest sympathy over your loss.

Beecher Smith
Beecher Smith
December 11, 2002
Anne, Christopher, and family,

I want you to know that I send my deepest sympathy to you in this time. Anne and Christopher, your family has touched my life with your writings. Stan made a real connection with me through his writing like the both of you have. He will be deeply missed.
Eric Ard
December 11, 2002
It's so sad to hear about this. I send my thoughts to the Rice family on this sad occassion.
December 11, 2002
Through all the tears and sorrow, may many happy memories of your life together fill your heart.

God be with you during this difficult time.
Sylvia Buonanni
December 11, 2002
Our condolences to Stan's wife, son, and other family members.
John and Claudia Velona
December 11, 2002
So sorry for your loss. Stan was a great person. It was a pleasure to have known him. Please take care. My thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Marge Bryant
Marge Bryant
December 11, 2002
My sincerest condolences on your loss,
Doro Buettgen
Dorothée Buettgen
December 11, 2002
I shall profoundly miss Stan's fun and insightful letters. He's always had a special place in my heart. My deepest sympathy to Ann and Chris.

Deborah Deering Schwartz
December 11, 2002
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Anne, Christopher and your family. May you find comfort in each other through this tradgic time. Blessings to you all.
Louise Scott
Louise Scott
December 11, 2002
Christian and Anne:
In life we learn the meaning of smiles and tears, but we must not stay in tears, surounded by sorrows, remember there are people who need you both to be strong.
Cry him, but then keep on your journey, and remember him with a smile, as he would like you to remember him. I send you all of my support and the best wishes.
Leslie Arbeláez
December 11, 2002

I have fond memories of your father and was very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Karen Dulitz
Karen Dulitz
December 11, 2002
Anne, Christopher, and family,

Our deepest sympathy goes to all of you for the loss of a dear father and husband. May you find strength every day.
Sascha Fink
December 11, 2002
I found your artistic talents through my love of Anne's work. Your sensitive and passionate nature touched me and I became a fan of yours, too.
My grandad recently died of cancer so I understand the pain you suffered but you are safe now, where pain cannot touch you. You are reunited with your precious daughter.
God Bless and keep you.
Abigail Jenkins
December 11, 2002
With deepest sympathy from the UK.
Emma Barnard
December 11, 2002
Anne and Chris, my prayers are with you. I know you must feel like a part of your life has been lost. Just before I lost my mother to cancer she told me she was going to "fly with the butterflies". I hope Stan is up there with her watching over all of us.
Carmen Perry
December 11, 2002
I wish you and your family all the strenght in these difficult times.

Katrien Mols
December 11, 2002
My sincere condolences on your loss. I truly wish you the best of luck in the future. Ann all the work of yours that I’ve read I have enjoyed thoroughly and hope to see much more from you. Chris I have read all of your work and find you a wonderful writer and hope to see many more excellent pieces of work from you.
Chuck Parks
December 11, 2002
Mrs. Rice, my deepest sympathies to you, Christopher, and your family. May your husband rest in peace, and you get through this sad time. God be with you.
Stacy Arnold
December 10, 2002
Sympathy to the family of beloved
Stan Rice.
Diana Fredman
December 10, 2002
No words can elevate this loss that you and your son share. Your husband and father was a great poet and his work will be remembered long past any of our lifetimes. I hope you both find comfort in each other.
Jen Bentley
December 10, 2002
May you and your family find the strength to make it through this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Faith Orsini
December 10, 2002
My heart goes out to you and your son, Christopher, during this untimely tragedy. My prayers are with you.
Angelica Simpson
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