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Agnes Elizabeth Hawrsk Rice
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1919
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 2012
Saint Petersburg
Pinellas County
Florida, USA

RICE, Agnes Elizabeth (Hawrsk) Tampa Bay Pioneer/Businesswoman of the Gulf Beaches passed away on Nov. 16, 2012, at Suncoast Hospice, St. Petersburg, surrounded by family members. She was 93, Born July 2, 1919 in Manchester, CT, to parents, John & Julia (Ropiak) Hawrsk both deceased. She was of Polish/Ukranian decent, and was baptized Catholic. She was the widow of Charles Carl Rice Sr. She has 6 children, Paula Maisano, E. Libby Thompson, Gail Ingram, Charles Carl Rice II. Sidney Rice, Sylvia Mesaric; 13 grandchildren, Elizabeth Thomson, Sam Maisano Jr. Rose Haug, Sister Mariam, Christine Maisano-Quinlan, Ben Charles Thompson, Ivy Larsen, Monique Allen, Charles Carl Rice III, Piper Lanson, Marlin Rice, Ivana Mesaric, Stefan Mesaric; 9 great-grandchildren, Joe Maisano, Lauren Haug, Amelia Haug, Hutch Quinlan, Sage Thompson, Cedar Thompson, Blake Larsen, Charles Carl Rice IV, Isabella Allen. She is predeceased by her 3 siblings, Walter Hawrsk, Paula Bolesta, John Hawrsk II (l. Lucy). Survivors include several nieces, nephews, distant relatives and friends from all over the world. She had outlived relatives on both sides of the family. In 1921, the family went to Poland in steerage on the ocean liner "Majestic" and returned in 1923 to America. Due to health reasons of the father the family moved to fresher air and settled in Rocky Point in Tampa in 1926. The family opened a fish camp and later a gas station close by and learned how to fish, crab and operate boats from the local inhabitants. Mom witnessed the building of the Davis Causeway now known as Courtney Campbell Causeway and visited with Ben T. Davis family doing chores and was also in the background scenes in the movie "Hells Harbor" starring Gary Cooper in the late 20's. Mom attended Mitchell Elementary School. Mom married when she was 21 to Charlie Rice who had emigrated from Poland in 1904. They lived in Tennessee and Tampa before they settled down roots in the Gulf Beaches in Pinellas County in 1946. As Mom raised her 6 children, Charlie opened numerous businesses and the family was one of the pioneers of "Fish Famous John's Pass" which Charlie penned the name. Some of those businesses were the well known Kingfish Restaurant, John's Pass Seafood Company, Hungry Fisherman/Fathoms Restaurant and the Honduras Seafood Company. After Charlie passed away in 1980, Mom carried on the Rice Family tradition and continued to operate the numerous businesses with her family and opened the very popular Restaurant known as Gators Café and Saloon where she became known in her later years as "Queen Gator" Mom had a passion for fun, life, loved Elvis. She was a contributor to the Dali Museum, University of Florida, City of Treasure Island, and numerous civic and philanthropic associations throughout the State of Florida. She was a Kentucky Colonel. In her lifetime she was fortunate to meet many people of all walks of life that included Governors, Congressmen, business notables, as well as Royals, sports figures, and people of note in the arts and other endeavors. She was just as comfortable meeting people that had a simpler lifestyle. The "Queen" will be missed by all. Private services and internment will be held December 3rd at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5750 49th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. A celebration of life of Agnes Elizabeth (Hawrsk) Rice will follow at 3:30 pm on Charlie's Dock east end of Gators Café and Saloon 12754 Kingfish Drive Treasure Island for friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please help someone in need.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on November 25, 2012 
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  Charles Carl Rice (1897 - 1980)*
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Memorial Park Cemetery
Saint Petersburg
Pinellas County
Florida, USA
Created by: Iriss Hill
Record added: Nov 25, 2012
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Agnes Elizabeth <i>Hawrsk</i> Rice
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 Added: Nov. 25, 2012

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