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Vera Dale Rowland Rice
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1912
Alexandria
DeKalb County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 2008
Scottsdale
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

The White Mountain Independent,
Show Low, Arizona ~ April 14, 2008

Vera Dale Rice died Friday, April 4, 2008, at her home in Scottsdale at the age of 95. Vera was born on Aug. 17, 1912, in Alexandria, Tenn., to the late Beverly Marcus "Pitt" and Alice Lena (Eaton) Rowland.

She was a dedicated teacher throughout her life, beginning her career at the age of 18 in a one-room schoolhouse in Tennessee. Vera went on to receive her master's degree. During WWII, she heard the call of her country, and enlisted as one of the first members of the Women Army Corps in the U.S. Army.

Following the war, she met her first husband, Eugene Elton "Gene" Clark and, in 1949, they were married in Wyoming. Immediately following their marriage they moved to Holbrook where she worked for over 20 years teaching until she retired at the age of 65.

In 1969, her husband Gene died. She later married Edwin Rice, and after three years of marriage he too, passed away in 1980. Since moving to Arizona, Vera has lived in Holbrook, Payson, Phoenix and, most recently, Scottsdale.

Vera is survived by her daughter, Debbie (Jim) Mercer of Payson; three grandchildren, Kenny (Jennifer) Stidham of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, David (Louise) Stidham of Gilbert and Joy Stidham of Phoenix; four great-grandchildren, Nolan Stidham, Lauren Stidham, Lane Stidham and Audrey Stidham; two sisters, Edith King of Maryville, Tenn., and Ryta McMurray of Clinton, Tenn.

Other than her two husbands, Vera was also preceded in death by infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth Clark (who lived for only eight days); one brother, Elmo Rowland; three sisters, Nell Owen, Sarah Fuggit and Frances McBride.

Visitation was held Saturday, April 12, at Owens Mortuary in Holbrook, immediately followed by a short graveside at the Holbrook Cemetery where she was laid to rest next to her first husband Gene.

The American Legion provided military honors in recognition of her faithful service in the WAC. The flag draped her casket was presented to her daughter, Debbie Mercer. This sweet woman, who gave so much to others, will be missed greatly by those who loved her most.

Owens Mortuary of Holbrook handled the arrangements.

For those who have special memories and would like to send private condolences or sign an online guest book visit www.owensmortuary.com.
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Owens Livingston Mortuary,
Holbrook, Arizona

Vera Dale Rice
(August 17, 1912 - April 4, 2008)

Vera Dale Rice died Friday, April 4, 2008 at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 95. Vera was born on August 17, 1912 in Alexandria, Tennessee to the late Beverly Marcus "Pitt" and Alice Lena (Eaton) Rowland.

She was a dedicated teacher throughout her life, beginning her career at the age of 18, in a one-room schoolhouse in Tennessee. Vera went on to receive her Masters Degree.

During WWII, she heard the call of her country, and enlisted as one of the first members of the W.A.C. in The United States Army. Following the war, she met her first husband, Eugene Elton "Gene" Clark and, in 1949, they were married in Wyoming. Immediately following their marriage they moved to Holbrook, Arizona where she worked for over 20 years teaching when she retired, at the age of 65. In 1969, her husband, Gene died.

She later married Edwin Rice, and after 3 years of marriage he too, passed away in 1980. Since moving to Arizona, Vera has lived in Holbrook, Payson, Phoenix and most recently, Scottsdale.

Vera is survived by: 1 daughter, Debbie Mercer (Jim) of Payson; 3 grandchildren: Kenny Stidham (Jennifer) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, David Stidham (Louise) of Gilbert, Arizona, Joy Stidham of Phoenix, Arizona; 4 great-grandchildren: Nolan Stidham, Lauren Stidham, Lane Stidham, Audrey Stidham; 2 sisters: Edith King of Maryville, Tennessee and Ryta McMurray of Clinton, Tennessee. Other than her 2 husbands, Vera was also preceded in death by: an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth Clark (who lived for only 8 days); 1 brother, Elmo Rowland; 3 sisters: Nell Owen, Sarah Fuggit and Frances McBride.

Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to 1:45 P.M., Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Owens Mortuary, 409 N. 1st Avenue in Holbrook, immediately followed by a short graveside at the Holbrook Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her first husband Gene.

The American Legion will provide Military Honors in recognition of her faithful service in the W.A.C. The flag draping her casket will be retired and presented to her daughter Debbie Mercer. This sweet woman, who gave so much to others, will be missed greatly by those who loved her most.

(Obit: Owens Livingston Mortuary) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Pitt Rowland (1886 - 1963)
  Lena Rowland (1886 - 1973)
 
 Spouses:
  Gene Clark (1901 - 1969)
  Edwin Norris Rice (1907 - 1980)
 
 Children:
  Mary Elizabeth Clark (1950 - 1950)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elmo Rowland (1911 - 2007)*
  Vera Dale Rowland Rice (1912 - 2008)
  Ruby Nell Rowland Owen (1914 - 2007)*
  Sarah M Rowland Fugitt (1915 - 1997)*
  Frances McBryde (1919 - 1995)*
  Edith Rowland King (1922 - 2012)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holbrook Cemetery
Holbrook
Navajo County
Arizona, USA
 
Created by: Sharla
Record added: Aug 05, 2009
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Vera Dale <i>Rowland</i> Rice
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