Mildred I. Rice

Tribute to a Life Well Lived

On November 28, 2017, 10 days after her 92nd birthday, our beloved mother joined the heavenly choir.

There, she was reunited with the love of her life, our father, Del Rice, who she met at Iowa State Teachers College during World War II. Millie was also preceded in death by her parents, John and Bessie Gildersleeve; and younger brother, John Lloyd Gildersleeve.

She is survived by a sister, Ruth and her husband Les Shickell, as well as her three children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives still living in Iowa and Pennsylvania.

She lived a life of faith until the end, scattering kindness and love to all who knew her. Millie celebrated the joy of being alive and commented often, “It’s beautiful wherever you look!”

Millie grew up on her family farm in Gilbert, Iowa. She raised her family in Moline, Illinois, and then moved to Lexington, Washington 45 years ago when her husband became the plant manager at International Paper Company—Single Service Division. Millie stayed busy by volunteering in the Presbyterian church, leading bible studies, Sunday School, singing in the choir, serving as a deacon and cooking when needed. She was also very involved with Women’s club where she served as president for a time.

Earlier in her life, Millie and her sister toured around Iowa singing and entertaining. She owned a dairy, was active as PTA president and lead both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop.

Throughout her life, Millie was very social and loved getting together for conversations and to help with worth-while causes. She was an avid reader and card player, and also enjoyed fishing, traveling, dancing, gardening, writing poetry, cooking, knitting, and making cookies for the neighborhood children.

Millie had three children, Daryl Rice and Terri of Brighton Colo., Carlyne Black of Castle Rock and Lorraine and Ron Keaton of Silver Lake.

We were truly blessed to have her as a mother. There was never a day that we didn’t feel loved. Every morning she called each one of her children with a cheery greeting to start the day.

Millie loved life, her family and the friends she made at church and Campus Towers.

A celebration of Millie Rice’s life is planned for 4 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Kelso, with a reception to follow. If you would like to bring a dish feel free.

Rather than memorial contributions, simply smile when you think of Millie now and then.

Enjoy life with your family and add to the beauty of the world through your thoughts and actions.

the life of: Mildred I. Rice
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