On Nov. 30, Lynn (Aline) Rice left us and this world for something better.
She was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on April 9, 1943. She left her beloved New England for Rialto, California, at only 19 years of age. Here, she met the love of her life and future husband of 54 years, Donald Rice. They were married two years later on Nov. 28, 1964, and gave birth to their children, Gary and Nancy Rice. Whether it was their weekly shopping trips and lunches, adventures on the golf course or their cruises throughout the world, no couple was more compatible or better suited to spending a half century together as Don and Lynn were.
Their moves throughout California brought Lynn and Don to a handful of different cities, but one place stuck. Since arriving in Discovery Bay in 1983, Lynn became a staple of her community. Although she may have hated the occasional illegal firework displays, she loved her house and wonderful neighbor/adopted daughter, Jessica, granddaughter, Madelyn, and grandson, Jacob.
Whether it was through weekly Sunday dinners or daily phone calls, Lynn always put family first and made her love for every single member of her family well-known. Her love for her children was unmatched, but in the years since their own marriages, this love has been extended to her son-in-law, Richard Mauri, and daughter-in-law, Beverly Rice. She leaves behind not only her love for her husband and children but also for her grandchildren, Alex Mauri, Samantha Rice, Zachary Mauri, Elizabeth Rice and Emma Mauri. Lynn’s love and affection also remains behind with her great-grandchild, Mason Mauri, and granddaughter-in-law, Sarah Mauri.
In addition to an unending love for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, Lynn always harbored an enduring passion for sewing, quilting and knitting. Over the years, Lynn fulfilled her selflessness and love of sewing by making countless quilts for everyone from her own children to family, friends and those in need. She showed her generosity and warmth up until she was no longer able to with regular donations of knitted hats for patients undergoing chemotherapy and “knitted knockers” for breast cancer survivors.
Lynn was also a dedicated volunteer for Kaiser Permanente. She enjoyed cheering up children with kind words and stickers and always had a bright smile and calming words for people. Lynn was proud to be a Kaiser volunteer.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Discovery Bay Country Club on Saturday, Jan. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. A private interment will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 18. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating on behalf of Lynn Rice to Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection (P.O. Box 432, Byron, CA 94514).