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Dorothy Jones Rice
Viewing: October 16, 2017 (Monday) from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Service: October 16, 2017 (Monday) at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Our Lady of Victory Church

 

 

     Dorothy Jones Rice

 

          The large and generous heart of Dorothy Jones Rice finally failed her on October 10, 2017, at her home in Southport, North Carolina.

           She had devoted all of her 79 years to the happiness and welfare of her friends, family, and others she encountered.   Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she attended Holy Cross Academy.  She served a few years in the office of Allen Dulles, the first Director of the CIA, before marrying Michael Rice in 1959 and beginning her true vocation, motherhood.  They recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.

           Dot and Mike had seven daughters in ten years.  They lost one, Kathryn Sue, to cystic fibrosis, but raised six to be capable women and mothers.  They survive her: Deborah Kelly of Silver Spring, Maryland, Judith Meyer of Auburn, Maine, Karen Chirgwin of Williston, Vermont, Janet Rice of Woodstock, Georgia, Theresa Sanderson of Newington, Connecticut, and Constance Brown of Southport, North Carolina.  Dot also has 19 surviving grandchildren and a new great grandson, known in the family as “Mr. Baby.”

           Dot’s maternal instincts were too strong to be denied when her child-rearing years ended.  The entry into the household of a Golden Retriever gave her an outlet for those instincts, and soon the house had a litter of puppies that provided the start of a career of raising and showing a champion line of Golden Retrievers.  That went on for 35 years, yielding a house full of ribbons and trophies, and many happy families who took her dogs.  Dot was known throughout New England and eastern Canada for the quality of her golden retrievers.  She served a term as president of the Connecticut River Valley Kennel Club.

 Friends may call at Our Lady of Victory Church, 4835 MacArthur Blvd, Washington, DC, on Monday, October 16 from 11:00 AM until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30AM.  Interment will immediately follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD, where she will be laid to rest with her daughter Kathy, her sister Carol Ann Jones, and her parents.

 


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