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
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.
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
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
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.
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.