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Alice “Elaine” Rice, 88 of Palmer made her journey to heaven on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Brookefield Park in St. Paul, NE.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Palmer, NE. Chaplain Mark Hartley will be officiating. Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Palmer.
Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Palmer. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.
Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in Palmer is in charge of arrangements.
Elaine was born on August 10, 1930 to Art & Alice (Johnson) Wiser in their home near Chapman NE.
She was raised in the Clarks area. She attended District 8 School in Merrick County and then school District 13 at Clarks. She met her future husband Don Rice roller skating in Haven’s NE, the ballroom was beautiful according to Elaine! They were married in Kansas on August 14th, 1946. They lived in the Clarks area & rural Palmer where they were blessed with five children. Elaine worked at the Quality Market in Palmer that her and Don owned for a short time. Elaine was head cook at Coolidge Nursing Home for 23 years in Palmer.
Elaine was a lifetime member of Palmer United Methodist Church in Palmer. She was also a member of the Palmer American Legion Auxiliary for 55 years.
Don and Elaine enjoy spending time together camping and fishing until Don passed on February 4th, 1984. She was an excellent cook and loved to cook for family gatherings. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and never knew a stranger. She enjoyed playing cards, having coffee with lady friends, and watching Big Red sports with her family. Loved music, especially singing and dancing.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Colleen Rice of St. Paul, Rod and Kathy Rice of Palmer, Rick Rice of Palmer; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Pete Pemberton of Palmer; sister, Donna Reno of Loveland, CO; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Art & Alice Wiser; husband, Don; daughter and son-in-law, Charleen and Bob Roth; grandson, Jeffrey Rice; 2 sisters and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Les Juhl and Darlene Rae Wiser; brother and sister-in-law, Art and Lois Wiser; brother-in-law, Pat Reno; and special friend, Fred Worm.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.jacobsengreenway.com