Ida G. Rice

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NORWAY – Ida G. “Jennie” Rice, 94, of Waterford, died Wednesday, May 3, at Norway Rehabilitation and Living Center, where she had been a resident for 14 years.

She was born in the Bisbeetown section of Waterford on March 7, 1912, the daughter of L. Newell Andrews and Edith Palmer Andrews. “Jennie” was a homemaker and loved sewing, growing flowers, cooking, bird watching and writing letters to family and close friends, especially on their birthdays.

She married Ralph Emerson Rice of Waterford on April 27, 1936, in North Conway, N.H. They lived in the McIntyre neighborhood of East Waterford and moved to Bisbeetown in 1943. During World War II, she enjoyed watching her brother, Herbert, fly over the house, and she would stand in the dooryard waving a white towel; he would dip the plane’s wings to her.

Along with her brothers, she loved music and played the piano in the Andrews Family Orchestra. They provided music for local dance halls during the 1940s. Her brother, Oscar, played the drums, her brother, Charles, played the saxophone and her father, Newell, played the fiddle. The fiddle was donated to Oxford Hills High School a few years ago by her brother, Oscar.

During the 1930s, she cooked for Camp Kokosing, a girl’s camp on Keoka Lake in Waterford. She also provided food for the public suppers at the North Waterford Congregational Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty and her husband, Rev. Norman F. Rust, of North Waterford; her daughter-in-law, Hilda Knightly Rice of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; her brother, Herbert L. Andrews of South Paris; sisters-in-law, Mary M. Andrews of South Paris, Sylvia R. Andrews of Norway, Sylvia H. Andrews of Naples, Elsie B. Andrews of Norway and Erma Andrews of Zephyrhills, Fla.; six grandchildren, Rhonda of New York, Bobby, Russell and Randy, all of Florida, Brian of Massachusetts and Barbara of Maine; three great-grandchildren, Justin and Mariah of Maine and Jackson of Ohio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1961; her son, Robert E. Rice, in 2004; her sister, Carrie; her brothers, Charles, Arthur, Oscar, William and George P. Andrews; and her grandson, Renwick.

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