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Barbara Jean Rice
April 26, 1935 - December 18, 2014

Stayton - Barbara was born in Superior, WI, and moved with her parents, Hawley and Elizabeth (Betty) Wilbur, and sister, Marjorie, to Corvallis, where she graduated from high school in 1953.

Barbara met Burdette Irving Rice, of Stayton, on a fine summer day in Silverton,  and were subsequently married in 1956, where they lived their entire married life of 48 years in the same home, and where she continued to live after his death in 2003.  She loved living in a small town where she made many lifelong friendships that she deeply cherished.

She worked for over 28 years in the office at Santiam Memorial Hospital, and loved both her co-workers, and the people who came there for help.  She was a devoted member of the Stayton Christian Church during her entire life, and also especially enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of her small bible study group in Sublimity.  She was particularly grateful for how the group members made her feel so loved, and shared the gospel with her in such a loving, and understanding way.

Barbara loved everything about garage sales – from “scouting them out” to discovering “super bargains”, to happily taking home her “special finds”.  She liked playing cards with family and friends, working jigsaw puzzles, reading, and working in her yard.  She was especially fond of flowers, which she nurtured year-round.

Family was very important to Barbara.  She loved her three sons dearly -- Jimmy, Jeff, and Dave – and felt a tremendous loss when Jimmy passed away at the age of four.  As the years went by, she took great pride in both Jeff’s and Dave’s professional achievements.  Likewise, she was a loving grandmother for her three grandchildren:  Nicholas and Hayden, son and daughter of Jeff and his wife, Anne, and Zoe, daughter of Dave and his wife, Valerie.  She was also very close with her sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Earl Moreland, of Florence,  who were always there for her, and especially cherished how they helped take care of her parents in their elder years.

Pets also played a special role in Barbara’s life, and gave her tremendous joy -- perhaps none more so than her cat “Mojo”, who made living alone after Burdette’s passing more bearable for her.

Anyone who knew Barbara -- be it family member or friend -- always admired her kind and gentle manner, her genuine concern for the well-being of others, and her ever-present willingness to help others in need.  She will be terribly missed by all who knew her.

Memorial service will be held at the Stayton Christian Church in Stayton, on Saturday, December 27th at 11:00AM. Private interment in Lone Oak Cemetery in Stayton. In lieu of flowers, and in accordance with her wishes, the family requests donations be made to the Stayton Christian Church, or Santiam Memorial Hospital, in Stayton, Oregon. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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