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Rice; Emma Marguerite

Posted By Obits On January 24, 2013 @ 12:37 pm In Obituaries | 53 Comments


Emma Rice 1921-2013.

Emma Marguerite (Clarke) Rice, 91, of Liverpool has passed away on January 23, 2013 after a life well lived.

The daughter of the late Hugh Elmer and Mary Cleophalus (McAleese) Clarke, Emma was born on August 7, 1921 in her grandparents’ home at Pugwash Point, and grew up on the surrounding seaside family farm.

Emma attended Provincial Normal College in Truro, graduating in 1942.  After a time in the Cumberland County schools, Emma moved to Liverpool, touched the lives of a thousand or more fourth grade schoolchildren over a thirty-five year teaching career and eventually became the last Principal of the Liverpool Academy.  Emma met her husband, George Howard Rice, on a blind date soon after Howie returned home to Queens County from overseas duty during World War II.   They were married on July 2, 1947 in the parlor of Emma’s family home.  After their working days were done, Emma and Howie enjoyed a long, happy and healthy retirement split between Pugwash Point and their home base in Liverpool.

Emma was an active member of the Liverpool United Baptist Church congregation, serving as a Deacon for many years and then as an Honorary Deacon to the end of her life.

Emma is survived by her two younger siblings, Jewell Coulter (Amherst) and Hugh John Clark (Pugwash), her two sons and their wives, Hugh & Lisa (North Kingston) and Howie & Nina (Cambridge, MA), and six grandchildren, Brad, Amy, Thomas, Zan, Will & Kate.

Howie, her devoted husband of 62 years, pre-deceased Emma, as did her older brother, Elmer.

Visitation will be at Chandlers Funeral Home, Liverpool, on Saturday, January 26th from 4-6 p.m.  A funeral celebration of Emma’s life will be held at United Baptist Church, Liverpool, on Sunday, January 27th at 1:30 p.m.  Burial will be in Zion United Cemetery, College Street, Liverpool In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Queens Manor Home for Special Care in recognition of the extraordinary service that remarkable institution and its caring staff provide to the citizens of Queens County. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com


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Condolence from Linda P. Leslie on January 24th, 2013 1:29 pm

How my heart aches for this devoted lady. May she know there are so many of us who loved her dearly. God bless Her. She is at Peace. Love from Linda P. Leslie, of Brooklyn.

Condolence from Bea DeLong on January 24th, 2013 1:53 pm

To all of Emma’s family, I offer my deepest sympathy in her passing. I always enjoyed visiting she and Howie and they made me feel so welcome. I am glad that I went to see her last month and had a little chat. She is now at peace but leaves you many great memories to cherish.
Thinking of you at this difficult time, Bea DeLong

Condolence from Lisa Whynott on January 24th, 2013 2:01 pm

Dear Hugh and Howie and Family,

I was very sad to hear this morning of the passing of “Mrs. Rice”. Mrs. Rice was a beautiful person inside and out. I grew up on Zwicker Avenue and I always looked forward to my visits with your parents of sharing some juice, treats, and conversation. Mrs. Rice was also my Grade 4 teacher who showed her love and passion for teaching and caring for the welfare of her students. She spent many hours with me before or after class to take the time to teach me how to approach solving those “tricky math word problems”. When you look back on your life, there are very few people that stand out that make a lasting impact – Mrs. Rice made a difference in my life.

You are in my thoughts and prayers,

Lisa Whynott
Neighbour (11 Zwicker Avenue) and Grade 4 Student

Condolence from Carol Anne ( Deveau) Hatt on January 24th, 2013 2:41 pm

Hugh , Howie & family, i’m so sad to hear you have lost your Mom.I’ve known your Mom and Dad most of my life because they lived next door to my family.(prefabs). She was my teacher and taught both of my childern. When ever we talked over the years,she would tell me to call her Emma not Mrs. Rice but i couldn’t and she always laughed and said ” some day you will my dear”..never did!! Your Mom is one of the most delightful people i have ever known in my life. Take care. Carol Anne Hatt

Condolence from Kelly Hatt on January 24th, 2013 3:02 pm

So sorry to hear of Emma’s passing. I met her and her husband Howie on several occasions at my dental office. Their love for each was so obvious during the conversations I had with them. Even after his passing she still had a twinkle in her eye and maintained a zest for life. My condolences go out to the family.

Condolence from Beverly Martin on January 24th, 2013 3:06 pm

I knew Emma from the queens manor i was in dietary.she was a very nice lady. We always had good laughs and she always had great stories to tell. She will be missed by all. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family BEVERLY MARTIN

Condolence from Enid MacKay on January 24th, 2013 3:30 pm

Very sorry to read of Emma’s passing. Both my children had the honor of being taught by her and I enjoyed the fellowship we shared at Church. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Condolence from Paul Cameron on January 24th, 2013 6:43 pm

My sympathies to Mrs. Rice’s family on her passing. Although I never had Mrs. Rice for a teacher, my late mother Janet was a former colleague and spoke very highly of her. I have fond memories of the Academy.

Condolence from Gordon Williams on January 25th, 2013 3:58 am

Emma was a much respected and super lady in my life. It was a great pleasure to have known her, worked for her and shared in part of her life.I looked up to her with both love and respect. Her passing leaves an emptiness within. I extend my most sincere feelings of sympathy to all her family .

Condolence from Greg and Pam Crouse on January 25th, 2013 6:14 am

Dear Howie and Hugh,

So sorry to hear about your Mom, must be tough losing your last parent.

She was Mom’s best friend and they called one another just about everyday and Polly was there to talk to her ( even though Emma was asleep) in the last few days and that is comforting to know. Mom talked about the “good old days.”

We are in Florida so will not be able to see the two of you but you are in our thoughts.


Condolence from Sue Ackerman on January 25th, 2013 6:34 am

Just read my biscuits recipe where the sugar is measured “Emma’s Way” and smiled…such a funny, loving woman who had only the best interests of everyone around her as her first, and last, thoughts. My wishes for happy memories for everyone she touched. She was a lovely, lovely lady.

Condolence from Muriel Goodwin Butts nee MacAleese on January 25th, 2013 6:45 am

my sympathies to you and your families, I had taken my mom and the Boston wife down for a visit just after my late husband passed. we shared a cup of tea and great laughs all afternoon. I look very much like your mother and have been told I have her twinkle, what a great legend. may god bless.

Condolence from Leo Glavine, MLA Kings West on January 25th, 2013 7:25 am

Please accept my most sincere condolences in the loss of Emma.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.


Leo Glavine, MLA
Kings West

Condolence from Marilyn & Sterling Anthony on January 25th, 2013 7:27 am

To Emma’s family: So sorry to hear of Emma’s passing, she was a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Karen Crouse and Lloyd Skinner on January 25th, 2013 7:35 am

To Emma’s family; We are so sorrry to hear of Emma’s passing. She was a good neighbour on Zwicker Ave for many years to both Lloyd and I. Deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Sally Fader on January 25th, 2013 7:57 am

Hugh & Howie:

Your Mum was such a sweet person and so kind. Always enjoyed having a chat with her when I met her. My sincere sympathy to you both, and your families.

Condolence from bob & lois hayes on January 25th, 2013 7:59 am

our condolences Hughie, Lisa & family

Condolence from Diane and Ian Munro on January 25th, 2013 8:02 am

Dear Howie and Hugh:
We are thinking of you at this time and even though your mother lived a full and wonderful life it is still sad. So God be with you.
She was one of the most wonderful people that I ever met. She was a great teacher, but a above all she was such a genuine and wonderful human being.This world, and especially Liverpool, is a better place because of her. I am so glad that I knew her.
Ian Munro

Condolence from John and Carol Bartol on January 25th, 2013 8:21 am

To the Rice families and all who mourn.
Carol and I want to express our sincere sympathy over Emma’s
passing. We have fond memories of contacts we have had
with both Emma and Howard, over the past 57 years. May you find comfort in the promises of God’s word and may His grace be sufficient for your every need. God bless you everyone. John Bartol

Condolence from Lloyd & Barbara Naugler. on January 25th, 2013 11:02 am

I was saddened to hear of Emma’s passing. I have such fond memories of her as a School Teacher, Sunday School Teacher & friend. I will always remember her with great fondness. Barbara Ganter Naugler.

Condolence from jane rice on January 25th, 2013 1:07 pm

great lady, and aunt, i’m one of the young rice from saint john, n.b. . visit in the summer at her home and cottage, always made you feel welcome.
jane rice

Condolence from Debbie (Hupman) Thibault on January 25th, 2013 3:07 pm

To Howie and your family;

Sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. May the stories and memories of how she touched so many lives bring you comfort at such a difficult time!

Debbie (Hupman) Thibault

Condolence from Lawrence & Wilma Patterson on January 25th, 2013 4:09 pm

Dear Family Sincere Sympathys from Pugwash ,here I talked to Lilly the other day .We all feel it keenly.

Condolence from Bruce Inglis on January 25th, 2013 4:23 pm

I will remember Emma very fondly. I have many great memories of my time in grade four with Mrs. Rice. I had chance to visit her in the manor a year or so ago and her good humour was no different than it was in the 1979-1980 school year. I am sure many others will think of her just as fondly.

Condolence from Brenda DExter on January 25th, 2013 4:55 pm

dear Hugh and Howie, my deepest sympathy on the passing of Emma,She was a very nice lady and i loved her stories she told .It was a pleasure working for her and howie .they were a cute couple ,she will be missed

Condolence from Joyce & Jim Parks on January 25th, 2013 5:14 pm

Dear Hugh,Howie,And Family,We have many great memories of your Mom,Still miss seeing her on our street,She was a great lady.May God be with you all at this sad time..

Condolence from Gerry & Phyllis Laman on January 25th, 2013 10:09 pm

Condolences to Emma”s family f- She was a fellow teacher, a friend, and a truly great lady.Heaven will have one of the best!

Condolence from Alice Pereira on January 26th, 2013 4:57 am

Howie, Hugh and families:

My sincere condolences to all the family at this
difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are
with you. I will always remember her fondly.


Condolence from Ruth Anne Zwicker on January 26th, 2013 5:03 am

Howie and Hugh,

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady with such a warm heart. I am sure you are left with many wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. Take care.

Ruth Anne

Condolence from Jeff Miller on January 26th, 2013 7:21 am

I was “Privileged” to have been associated with this fine “Lady” as a colleague and neighbor! She will be remembered as a caring, fair teacher and administrator but also one of the finest human beings. Not saying teachers aren’t human beings but her caring overflowed to her community. I will remember her for her whit and sense of humour! God Bless this “Wonderful Lady”!!

Condolence from Monica Roberts on January 26th, 2013 9:22 am

Saddened to hear of Emmas passing. I worked for Emma and Howie for several years and loved going there. I never came out of there once not having laughed or felt better. Emma had the greatest personality and humour about her. i missed her stories and Howie rolling his eyes. They are now together again.
take care

Condolence from Holly and Philip Smith on January 26th, 2013 9:57 am

Dear Hugh, Howie and families,
Thinking of you during this sad time, but remembering your mother as a wonderful woman. It was always a joy to talk with her. If we could all have a little of her great outlook on life, the world would certainly be a much better place!
Holly and Philip Smith

Condolence from Harvey & Roberta Kempton on January 26th, 2013 11:12 am

Dear Hughie & Howie, Sorry we can’t be with you today as you gather with family and friends to honor the life of a wonderful mother, teacher and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Donna and Stewart Sprague on January 26th, 2013 11:55 am

To Emma’s family: we are saddened to hear of Emma’s passing. She was a lovely lady. We have fond memories of visiting her and Howie at their summer home at Pugwash Point. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Wendell and Susan (Pyke) Whynot on January 26th, 2013 12:53 pm

Dear Howie Jr. and Hugh ~
We have such fond family memories. Sincere sympathy at this difficult time. May the memories of all thoses stories bring you comfort at this time.

Condolence from jackie Whynott on January 26th, 2013 1:10 pm

Dear Hughie, Howie and families,

I am sorry to hear of Emma’s passing. She was indeed a great lady. These past few years when she came to our department @ SSRH for her follow ups, we would have a great chat and a few laughs!.
Some of mom’s best childhood memories were of the times she spent with Emma and her family @ Pugwash Point.
I will always remember her warm smile and infectious laugh…

Jackie Whynott

Condolence from George & Carole Paterson on January 26th, 2013 1:48 pm

Dear Howie & Hughie and families, We miss your Mom here on Zwicker Avenue. She was a great teacher for myself and our family and a great neighbor. We will certainly have fond memories of Emma. We wish you all the best at this time of loss.
George & Carole

Condolence from Donna & Cam Hartling on January 26th, 2013 5:03 pm

Howie & Family, We were sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time and in the days ahead. Sincere Sympathy, Donna & Cam

Condolence from Eleanor Scovil ( Mundle) on January 26th, 2013 7:17 pm

Extending sympathy to Emma’s family.
When I read Emma’s obituary in the newspaper, I was reminded of the wonderful kind memories of Emma and her friendship with my parents, the late Donald and Myrna Mundle and the Pugwash Point connections.
Thinking of you as we grieve Emma’s passing and also celebrate a life well lived.
With sympathy,

Condolence from Janet Blackbird on January 27th, 2013 9:17 am

Howie and Hughie, My thoughts are with you at this time of sadness. We have lost our parents now, but I can still see them walking about on Zwicker Ave.visiting from house to house. Memories that I will hold on to. Take care, Janet

Condolence from brenda craig on January 27th, 2013 9:25 am

I want to send my sincere sympathy to all of Emmas family & friends.
Emma was such a beautiful & caring person.I spent some time with her a couple of days before she passed..I will always remember the many stories & jokes she shared with all of us at the Manor..
She made me smile & I respected her a great deal..I am sure she will be writing down her notes in heaven & free from all of her pain..
God bless,brenda

Condolence from Sandie Chisholm on January 27th, 2013 9:52 am

Dear Rice family,
I am sorry to hear about Emma, she was a great lady and well be missed.I was sitting here remebering when Howie and her would go to watch the curling with Mom and Dad. Now that they are back together I can see them doing it again. My thoughts are with you,God bless. Sandie Chisholm

Condolence from Harvey and Roberta on January 27th, 2013 2:27 pm

Sorry we can’t be with you to-day as you gather with family and friends to honor the life of a wonderful Mother, Teacher and Friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Harvey and Roberta

Condolence from Diane and Donald White on January 27th, 2013 4:57 pm

Howie, Hugh and families,

Please know how much your parents meant to us, they were just the nicest people ever. We didn’t know them until we started working for them many years ago, They became very special to us and while we sad to hear of Emma’s passing, we are thrilled they are together once again. God Bless them both now as ever…..

Diane and Donald

Condolence from Karen Gehue on January 27th, 2013 9:13 pm

Sorry to hear of Emma’s passing . I was very privaledged to have “Mrs. Rice” for my 4th grade teacher. To this day I can remember specific lessons she taught. Mrs. Rice will truly be missed but never forgotten. RIP Mrs. Rice.

Condolence from Becky Long(Bernadette Jollimore) on January 28th, 2013 11:10 am

Sorry to read about your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I have fond memories of bening one or her students.

Condolence from Hannah McKinnon (nee Miller) on January 28th, 2013 9:02 pm

I remember spending time with Mrs. Rice when I was little, growing up on Zwicker Avenue, and visiting with her in Pugwash when we spent our summers at my grandfather’s cottage near there. She was always kind and spoiled me and the other neighbourhood kids. As an adult, I had the privilege of returning the favour in her later years. I am very sorry for your loss.
With sincerest sympathy,
Hannah McKinnon (nee Miller)

Condolence from Noweta Nickerson on January 29th, 2013 8:42 am

To the Family
My heartfelt sympathy, she was s beautiful , sweet lady….

Condolence from Jim & Beulah Mitton on January 30th, 2013 7:33 pm

Emma wasa wonderful person. We taught grade 4 together at the Old Academy and enjoyed many wonderful times together.
So sorry for you loss. You will have lots beautiful memories to help you get through this difficult time . God Bless

Condolence from Don Tabor & Ian Welch on February 3rd, 2013 6:34 am

Dear Howard and Hugh:
Our sincere sympathy on the news of your Mom’s passing. She will be missed by all her neighbours on Pugwash Point. May the memories you hold of her and your wonderful times together be your source of strength and comfort at this difficult time.

Condolence from Pat Schrader on February 5th, 2013 10:07 am

Many years ago,Emma welcomed me as a brand new teacher into her school. Coming to a new area, with no friends or family near-by, I appreciated her warmth and support so much. Every day she had a joke or a story to share, along with her request, Take a break and have a cup of tea”. We are all better people for having known her.

Condolence from Vernon & Joyce Hawkes on February 18th, 2013 7:34 pm

Just a lovely lady and a great teacher.
Our thoughts are with you.

Condolence from cynthia wilson on February 26th, 2013 3:55 pm

i remember this lovely lady.she was my grade 4 teacher and was the best teacher any child could ever have.loved by all who knew her and i will never forget this wonderful woman,

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