Dorothy Ann Rice, 81
November 24, 1939 - November 10, 2021
Dorothy Rice left us on November 10th, with her loving husband of 64 years by her side. She was born on November 24,1939, in Anaconda, Montana. She graduated from Anaconda High School in 1957, and married the love of her life, Carlos "Butch" Rice, that same fall. They initially made their home in Anaconda, eventually moving to Deer Lodge, and finally, in their retirement years, to the Lost Creek Canyon, a beautiful setting where they enjoyed nature and frequent wildlife sightings. She was very outgoing and made many friends wherever they lived. Dorothy worked for many years at the Registrar’s Office in Deer Lodge and then as a clerk for the Powell County High School until her retirement in 1994.
She was an excellent hostess and homemaker—she and Butch hosted many holiday family gatherings at their home, many of which turned into all-nighters! Dorothy was passionate about her many interests in life. As a gifted artist, she was an active member of the Deer Lodge Art Club and volunteered at the Old Prison Museum Gift Shop. She also belonged to the Copper Village Museum and Art Center and the Mountain Village Quilt Guild. Being an ardent cook and collector of recipes, she naturally was a member of the Lost Creek Recipe Club. She was an avid reader and talented seamstress, making many beautiful quilts for her family and friends. She always enjoyed a competitive game of cards, especially pinochle or bridge, of which she usually was the victor—and was occasionally, teasingly, accused of “bending the rules” to her advantage! Willing to pursue almost any activity, in her younger years she enjoyed bicycling, golf and downhill skiing. Later she participated in water aerobics, which led to her involvement with the Wet Hens Red Hat Society group. She suffered from many health complications throughout her life but maintained a winning spirit.
She was proceeded in death by her mother, Ann Hoolahan; father, Jack Huffman; Stepfather, Ray Hoolahan; brother, Bob Huffman; parents-in-law, Clint and Lillian Rice; brothers-in-law, Lyle Rice, Tom Rice and Gene Burkey.
She will be sadly missed by her husband, Butch; sisters, Kathy Cloninger, Betty Lou (Louie) Vaughn; brother, Shaun (Carol) Hoolahan; brother-in-law, Corky Rice; sisters-in-laws, Wilma Burkey, Wanda Rogers, Lillian (Ron) Haffey, June (Merle) Rice-Craner, Phylis Rice, Lizzi Rice, and Carol Rice; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Deer Lodge Art Club, the Copper Village Museum & Art Center, or the charity of your choice, are suggested.