OBITUARY

Edna Frances Rice

May 3, 1930October 27, 2020
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Edna Frances Rice (nee Carroll) of Sparta passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in the House of The Good Shepherd surrounded by her family. She was 90 years old.

Born in Reading, Pa., Edna was raised in New York City, NY where both her parents were professional actors. She moved to New Jersey after getting married and lived in Belleville, Nutley, Upper Montclair, and Clifton before moving to Sparta 13 years ago.

She worked as a long distance telephone operator for AT&T in New York City and was the model for the cover of the AT&T house publication. She also did a commercial for Cavalier cigarettes which ran in all major magazines.Years later and after raising her family, she pursued a career in the Hotel industry.

She was the beloved mother of Debbie Tobias and Karen Doubleday loving mother in law of Steve Tobias and Geof Doubleday, dear sister of Kenneth Carroll, cherished grandmother of David Moneuse and his wife Melissa, Stephen Moneuse, Matthew Moneuse and his wife Samantha, Geoffrey Doubleday and Christian Doubleday, and adored great grandmother of Jackson, Carter, and Aubree Moneuse.

Private services are being handled under the direction of the LaMonica Memorial Home in Livingston and the family has requested that memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or mailed to 501 St. Jude Place • Memphis, TN 38105

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Kathy Morgan

November 29, 2020

I am so very sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman and fabulous mother. I have very fond memories of happy times at the Rice home in Upper Montclair. She had a huge heart and great laugh.
I am sure she is laughing in heaven.
My thoughts are with you both Karen and Deb
Love
Kathy Morgan

Pam O’Brien McDermott

November 5, 2020

There is no way to express what your mom meant to me. On one of the most difficult days of my life, July 15, 1968, God moved your family to Marquette Road. Right on time. I was 8. Your mom was sitting on the front stairs of your new home when she overheard me tell a neighbor my Dad had been in a car accident. She called me over, asked my name, and on that day I moved in. For months. I was officially part of your family, and we had never met. There is no greater example to demonstrate what an amazing person she was. Her generosity and big heart defined her. I will never forget her beautiful smile, sense of humor, or the way she could raise those eyebrows when we were up to no good. I love you all and wish I could be there to hug you both. How lucky I was to have two moms.

Marge Dreisbach

November 2, 2020

I send all of you my love, prayers and hugs. Edna was always fun to be around. Like I said, she always thought I should stay a blonde. I think she'd like what it looks like now, LOL She always had a smile on her face and a pep in her walk. Your Mom will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Edna.

Leslie Sommers

November 2, 2020

Deb, Steve & Family ~
I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. May you continue to feel her presence, her guidance and especially her love, all around you. May her memories comfort you during this difficult time and may the love of family & friends help you through. She's only a whisper away. With you always, tucked safely in your hearts. Sending love, hugs & healing to you all.
Blessings 💜 ~
Rev. Leslie L. Sommers

Ann Sears

November 2, 2020

Deepest condolences to the entire family. I remember the first time I met Edna, she joined us for a beach day at beach 3. I loved her firecracker attitude from the start. We giggled that day at the beach and I realize now that’s the way she rolled. I especially appreciate her affinity for specialized cakes ;). She leaves behind fantastic memories you all will cherish and that firecracker attitude lives on in each of you.

Mary Fischer

October 30, 2020

It's not the quantity but the quality of the moments we cherish in our lives. That evening was filled with love & laughter - this, by the way, is not unusual for the family members of Geof & Karen. May you all grieve but also celebrate the passing of dear Edna. You are loved & cherished. Dan & Mary

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