Doris Jane (Hatton) Rice, 88, North Manchester, passed away on March 17th, 2022 at home. The daughter of Delbert J. and Neva G. (Goff) Hatton, Doris was born October 21st, 1933 in Bippus, Indiana.
After graduating from Bippus High School in 1951, Doris married her high school sweetheart, Allen D. Rice on August 17, 1952. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Manchester College in 1963 before receiving her master’s degree at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne. Doris was a dedicated mother, wife, homemaker and teacher. She taught at many schools in the area and finished her teaching career at Northfield High School. Doris also worked part time for the post offices in both Servia and Bippus.
Allen and Doris were blessed with eight children, Michael, Ronald, Steven, Douglas, Andrew, Rebecca, Bonnie and Jennifer. Doris worked side by side with her husband and children on the family farm for most of her life. Her active life as a farm wife brought her so much joy and enabled her to watch her family grow and thrive. Doris was a second mother to many and dedicated her life to her kids and family. She was a selfless, sweet and caring person who enjoyed cooking for everyone, including the hired farm hands. Being a woman who valued tradition and family, Doris loved Christmas and the excitement of giving to those she loved which included her beloved cats.
The loving memory of Doris Jane Rice will be forever cherished by her husband, Allen D. Rice; sons, Michael (Bev) Rice, Warsaw, Ronald Rice, Indianapolis, Steven Rice, Bippus, Douglas (Lisa) Rice, North Manchester, and Andrew (Jennifer) Rice, Bippus; daughters, Rebecca Rice, Indianapolis, Bonnie Smith, North Manchester, and Jennifer (Brian Shield) Rice, Indianapolis; grandchildren, Katie (Jordan) Weaver, Matt (Ashley) Rice, Nathan Smith, Justin (Lisa) Rice, Jordan Rice, Jayde (John Olesen) Rice, Ethan Rice, Lindsay Rice, Audrey Rice, Evan Rice, and Drew Rice; great-grandchildren, Colton, Jaxon, Nolan, Ben, Ella, Rylee, Connor, Macy, and Adelyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert J. and Neva G. (Goff) Hatton, and one grandson, Daniel Smith, who passed away in 2021.
Family and friends may call Monday, March 21st from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial is at Fairview Cemetery in Servia, Indiana.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Doris Rice, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, Virginia, 22202.
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The American Diabetes Association
P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield VA 22116