Mary Lee Rice departed this earth peacefully on December 27, 2020 with her loving & devoted husband Robert A. Rice of 67 years, by her side in their family home. She was born April 21, 1937, the first born to Lee & Mary Clouser in Newport, PA. Mary Lee & Bob were High School sweethearts at Newport High School. In 1952, while in high school Mary Lee was the school pianist, in the band front, and on the basketball team. Additionally, she was one of the 20 girls in the South-Central Area of Pennsylvania to be selected by the Harrisburg Patriot-Evening News in its modeling contest for teenage girls. The epitome of a stay-at-home mother, homemaker, and loving wife. The home décor was Mary Lee’s
undertaking and she spent countless hours preserving family memories with her beloved collection of over 50 photo albums & scrapbooks. Mary Lee was an avid seamstress and made clothing for her daughters including dance & majorette costumes, prom & wedding gowns as well as doll clothes for her granddaughters. She also taught piano to her daughters, painted, wall papered and loved spending time in her beautiful flower garden. She enjoyed attending dancing and athletic activities of her children & grandchildren. She and her husband, Bob in association with Duke and Don Carter of the House of Ice Cream operated concessions at the former Silver Springs Flea Market and Carlisle Auto Shows for over
25 years. Mary Lee is survived by Bob, daughters Lori Dennis (Tim-deceased), Robin Whittaker, and Lisa Rice. Grandchildren Tim Rice (Aimee), Sage Dennis, Symphony Dennis, Adam Whittaker, Eliza Whittaker and Derrick Price. Also surviving are sisters both of Newport, Bonnie Westford (John) and sons John (Sue) and Neil along with Trudy Fleisher (Dan) and daughters Nicole and Erica (Luis). She was predeceased by a brother, James Robert, and daughter Pamela Eshenauer (Mark). The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to Hospice of Central PA and especially to Mary Lee’s Aid, Holly Dent, who brought a smile to Mary Lee’s face during her visits. A Celebration of Life will be held at a time that is more convenient due to the current pandemic. Donations may be made to foundation of your choice.
Burial will be private.