Toria Rice
1982 - 2021
May 1, 2021

Toria Rice, 38

August 25, 1982 - May 1, 2021

The heavens have gained the brightest, most beautiful angel who ever walked through those gates. Toria Niemeyer Rice passed away May 1, 2021, due to complications from surgery. Tori will always be remembered for her warm, welcoming nature, ready-to-help attitude, and her unending courage and loyalty. Tori was born Aug. 25, 1982, in Colorado Springs. At the age of seven, her family moved to Butte where she grew up, graduating from Butte Central High School. Tori was always proud of her hometown and her "Butte Tough" attitude served her well throughout her adult life. After a brief stint at Montana Tech, Tori joined the United States Air Force where she attained the rank of staff sergeant, serving as a Command and Control Battle Operations Manager. In her position, she worked with top commanders and members of Congress and was honored to meet one past and two sitting presidents: Clinton, Bush and Obama. She was stationed in Alaska, Idaho and New York, as well as Iraq and Qatar. After 10 years of service, Tori left the military in order to raise her two daughters. She returned to Butte and worked for Community, Counseling and Correctional Services as a drill instructor at the Treasure State Correctional Training Center. After meeting the love of her life, Mike Rice, Tori moved to Bozeman. They married in 2016. Their mutual love of the outdoors inspired many happy camping trips and dirt-bike adventures through the mountains of Montana. Tori mastered many skills, and utilized her artistic abilities and love of all things natural to create jewelry and acrylic paintings. She owned her own business and was exploring a new venture at the time of her passing. She was a devoted parent and very proud of her daughters. Tori was predeceased by her father, Eddy Nelson; grandparents Bill Niemeyer, Dave and Jesse Nelson, and Bill and Leatta Fink; mother-in-law Julie Rice; and uncle Billy Niemeyer. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Rice; children Jada and Jenna Henrich; parents Barb and Joe Fink; sister Muiria Armstrong; grandmother Thelma Niemeyer; aunts and uncles Nancy (Jim) Eastham and Del (Judy) Niemeyer, and Gloria Long; father-in-law Rick Rice; and grandparents-in-law Marge and Alex Glasoe. She is also survived by niece Milly Titus, nephews Mason DeLaCruz and Gage Armstrong, and numerous cousins. Outdoor services will be held at 1 p.m. May 15 on the farm at 7475 Amsterdam Road, Manhattan, MT. Space is ample but seating is limited; please bring your own chairs.

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Published by The Montana Standard on May 6, 2021.
Celebration of Life
On the farm
7475 Amsterdam Road, Manhattan, Montana
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Tori was a beautiful and amazing person with whom I shared many precious times. Tori was my best friend and I will remember the footprints she left on my heart forever. I love you "Twee" rest in paradise my friend. Thank you for everything.
Rhonda Drake
June 1, 2021
Our hearts are broken for the loss of Tori. She was such a light and I will miss her. She had such a sense of humor, and was so fun to be around. She made me laugh. We are so sorry for your loss.
Sheila Hepp
May 22, 2021
How do you begin to describe the disbelief, anger, and confusion, one feels when such a shocking and unexpected death occurs to such an amazing person?? You really can't!!! All you can do is be thankful that this person was part of your life. When I first met Tori, we had an instant connection. We became really good friends, shared a lot of laughs, and a lot of life's challenges. She was a nurturing woman, and would do anything for her family, and those she let into her circle. Tori loved her family with everything she had, and loved talking about them. It's a testament of what an amazing soul Tori has!!!! God bless your soul, your family, and friends Tori!! I miss you dearly!!
Rody Ward
May 12, 2021
Jada. Jenna. I am so sorry to learn of your mom´s passing. She was so beautiful, as you both are. My sympathies to all of the family. Such a tragic loss
Michele Anderson
May 10, 2021
I'm am so sorry for your loss. Toria was the type of person who lit up a room with her smile. Your family is in my prayers.
Monaca Barnes
May 8, 2021
Barb & family - I saw this notice on a mutual friend´s (Cheryl Cross) FB page & want you to know that my brother, Mickey, & I send deepest sympathy to you and your family. This is such a tragic loss. May the sympathy of family and friends, as well as loving memories & the joys of your grandchildren bring you comfort. Our sincere condolences.
Lynda Vulles Gebhardt
May 7, 2021
Mike we were so saddened and broken hearted to hear about Tori. If there's anything we can do for you please let us know. God bless your family.
Rhonda, Dave Phillips and family
May 7, 2021
Oh gosh Barb and Joe I am so deeply saddened by this loss. Many many prayers and so much love coming your way
May 7, 2021
She had an energy that was contagious. One of the people that leave a mark on you when you know them.
Jensen Roerden
May 7, 2021
You will always be in my heart and a my thoughts you will be missed and I will keep you in my prayers everyone in Montana Aunt Debbie loves you
Debra Walker
May 6, 2021
Tori girl ... I´m so very shocked & saddened to learn of your passing:( You are far to young & taken too soon! Although, It´s been years!!! I have never forgotten you ~ You were always naturally Beautiful, your big beautiful bright eyes & Smile! I have & always will remember & cherish all of our fun childhood sports memories ~( esp. our track meets :)! My heart hurts for your momma (Big Hug for Barb.. so very sorry) & your girls ( as well as the rest of your loved ones) My heart goes out to them all ~ holding you all in my thoughts, heart & prayers~ Love & comfort ~ Jeanine Jacobson
Jeanine Jacobson
May 6, 2021
Barb, Joe and family. So very sad to hear this news.please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your precious girl.
Joe and Anna Dziak
May 6, 2021
Dear Toria, I am thinking of you & your beautiful children & am so sorry to read of your passing. How I enjoyed the years I had known you at Butte Central High School & all the fun times we had just spending time talking. I will miss that beautiful smile of yours. You are an angel in heaven now & like you told me, "Miss S, one day I will be a star!". I have never forgotten what you said & now I will look at the stars at night & see you! You will never be forgotten. Prayers to your family during this very sad time. Sandi Skender, former High School Counselor
Sandi Skender
May 6, 2021
Keeping the family in my prayers. Miss and love you lots.
Loretta Walker
May 6, 2021
Barb, I am so sorry and saddened by this news. She was such a sweet and beautiful girl. I´ll always treasure the time she worked with me at the Gold Rush. May God wrap his arms around all of you and comfort you at this time. Her babies have a beautiful Angel that will be with them always.
Millie Rigby
May 6, 2021
It is difficult for me to write something that could possibly ease your pain. Just want you to know how terribly sorry I am and praying for you and your family.
Vinny Rubino
May 6, 2021
Barb, I am so shocked to see this news. I want to hug you. We have many beautiful memories of Tori. My many prayers are with you for peace and healing. God is with you all.
Clara Hartz
May 6, 2021