Obituary of Mary Ann Rice
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Mary Ann Rice, age 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on August 31, 2023, in Aurora, Ontario. Born on September 7, 1932, in Regina, Saskatchewan, she was the first daughter born of Anne and Nick Howenka. Mary Ann was a beloved daughter, a caring older sister to Marlene, and a cherished friend to many. Her early years in Regina were marked by a zest for life, and she embraced its adventures while cultivating a deep well of compassion and generosity. On March 15, 1952, Mary Ann married Morgan Humphrey Rice, and together they embarked on a remarkable journey spanning 72 years. Their union brought forth three children who became the center of her world: Steven (Brenda), Lori, and Craig (Ann). Their military career took them to various bases in Ontario and Quebec, instilling in them a love for travel and an appreciation for the diverse landscapes of Canada. After 22 years of service, Morgan retired from the military and began a teaching career that eventually led them to Brantford, Ontario, in 1974, where they settled and made many more lasting memories together. Mary Ann was not only a devoted partner, mother, and seamstress but a gifted painter as well. Her canvases were filled with life and creativity. They graced the walls of her home, and now those of her loved ones. Her art brought beauty and inspiration to all who have had the privilege of witnessing it. Beyond her career and artistic pursuits, Mary Ann's devotion lay in her family, her commitment to a healthy lifestyle, as well as her pursuit of learning and financial growth, thus inspiring many around her. Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband, Morgan, affectionately known as "Moe" who stood by her side for seven decades. Theirs was an enduring romance. Her sister, Marlene, also survives her in Regina. Mary Ann leaves behind a legacy of love in her six grandchildren: Ashley (Vince), Lindsay, Stephanie, Samantha (Octavian), Megan (Dan), and Christopher (Hannah), as well as seven great-grandchildren: Maddox, Avery, Sophia, Reece, Mason, Harrison, and Miles. Mary Ann faced her illness with true grace and courage, continuing to pour her unwavering love onto Moe and her children. She embraced the support of those who entered her life, recognizing their caring nature through their stories and considering them true friends and selfless helpers. In return, Mary Ann shared her life experiences, lessons learned, and her financial wisdom – a testament to the life she and Morgan built together. Her hope was that her shared experiences would serve as a roadmap for others to lead fulfilling, joyful lives. Mary Ann requested that no memorial service be held. In honour of Mary Ann, the family kindly requests that donations be made in her name to the Brantford Food Bank (https://crs-help.ca/donate). Helping those in need brought her immense pleasure, and this contribution will carry on her spirit of generosity. Mary Ann Rice's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. Her legacy of love, creativity, resilience, and unwavering dedication will be cherished and remembered.
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Mary Ann Rice
1932 - 2023
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