Ethel S. Staubley Rice

July 16, 1912March 10, 2013

Uncasville,-Ethel Staubley Rice, 100, went to be with her lord on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Ethel was born in Norwich Ct. July 16, 1912, daughter of C. Edward Staubley and Mary Rankin Staubley. She married Edward “Buster” Rice in January 1929, who predeceased her in 1984. Together they had two daughters who survive her; Marjorie Rousseau of Uncasville CT. and Dorothy Gorra of Northampton MA. Ethel is survived by two sisters, Doris Adams of Norwich CT, and Shirley Christiansen of Heuvelton NY. She was predeceased by brothers George and Richard Staubley both of Uncasville CT and sisters Dorothy Hewitt of Uncasville CT. and Pauline Kolashuk of Oakdale CT. She is survived by 6 Grandchildren; Michael Gorra and wife Brigitte of Northampton MA, John Gorra and wife Rebecca of Staunton VA, Peter Rousseau and wife Helen of Uncasville CT., Charles Rousseau and wife Barbara of Mystic CT., Alex Rousseau and wife Susan of Ledyard CT. and Amy Rousseau Armstrong and husband James Armstrong of Uncasville CT, 11 Great-Grandchildren and 4 Great Great-Grandchildren. Ethel attended Norwich Free Academy and the New London Business School. She worked as a secretary for 23 years at The Teamsters Union Local 493. She was a member of The Montville Union Baptist Church and was Trustee and Church Treasurer for over 50 years relinquishing these duties in 2012 after her 100th Birthday. She was an active member of her community; President of the former Democratic Women’s Club, Past Matron Oweneco Chapter 104 and Secretary Emeritus, Grand Chaplain for The Order of Eastern Star of the State of Ct., Past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Past President of The Past Matrons Assoc. Of New London County, Member Daughter of the Nile, Member Teamsters Retirees, Secretary Montville Historical Society, Member of The United Ostomy Association, Member Senior Citizens and AARP Norwich Chapter 3636. Known affectionately as Nana to many, she lived her life with an unwavering faith and was an inspiration to all. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, 53 Norwich-New London Tnpk., Uncasville CT. Funeral will be held Saturday 10:00 a.m. at The Montville Union Baptist Church (meeting directly at church) with burial to follow at Comstock Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Montville Union Baptist Church in Uncasville CT. To leave an online condolence please visit


  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Eve & Rit Manthous

March 20, 2013

Marge & Family
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. You have been so fortunate to have had her in your life for so many years. May her memory be eternal.

carol drury allen

March 16, 2013

As a child I remember a long history with the Rice family. My Dad was a member of the truck drive's union that Buster was key in. As a young girl both Buster & Ethel were a part of the Union Baptist Church. Later on many of the church members were invited to the pool where Ethel was a warm hostess to them. Although I had moved away all of the people that went to their pool and took their children raved about Ethel always having watermelon or popsicles for the kids--such a kindness--thank you

Teresa Jacobs Carr

March 16, 2013

I have known and loved Ethel all my life.
When I was little, she would make sure that my mother, siblings and I had a ride to pool day. Pool Days and Sunday School Picnics at “The Rice's Pool" were always among the highlights of my summer.
When I was a gangly, awkward adolescent (and even when I was a know-it-all teenager,) Ethel always had a kind word and a gracious smile for me. She would occasionally also have gentle words of admonition, spoken in such a loving manner that they always made an impact.
She was such a genteel, elegant, and gracious lady – an example to all and a mentor to many – as all who knew her were touched and moved by her deep faith, her patient and caring attitude, and her soft-spoken words of wisdom. And although we have no doubt that she is now in her eternal home, meeting her Savior face-to-face and enjoying being together again with her beloved husband, we will all miss her greatly.

Margaret (MacGregor) Mowbray

March 14, 2013

Dear Marge and family,

I am so sad to hear the passing of Aunt Ethel. There are some many memories I have of her. One of my fondest memories are the family picnics and her blueberry cake bars. She was and always will be an important part of my childhood. I will miss seeing her every summer when I would come to visit CT. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the whole family.

Ginny Mcquown-Goula

March 14, 2013

Our Sympathies go to the family. We are sad to hear of your loss. God will ease your pain and take care of Mrs. Rice.
Ginny Mcquown-Goula and children

Scott Roselund

March 14, 2013

Some of the fondest memories of my childhood were when many of us from the church would meet at the Rice's pool. Mrs Rice was one of the kindest people I've had the pleasure of knowing.
Rest in Peace.

Barbara McCarthy

March 14, 2013

To Marge and all the family,
So sorry to learn of Ethel's passing. She was a remarkable woman and so kind to everyone she met. You were indeed fortunate to have her here on earth for such a long time, many are not so fortunate. I pray that all your wonderful memories of a 'life well lived' bring you comfort during these sad times.

Frances Andersen

March 14, 2013

Dear Marge and family,
Our condolences on the loss of Ethel. She was such a lovely lady and we will remember with fondness, the kindness she and Buster always showed us while we lived in Ct.
Fran (Saunders) and Richard "Sig" Andersen

March 14, 2013

Were so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for all of you. The Houser family

Wanda Bruce

March 14, 2013

Marge&Dot, thinking of you during this sorrowful time. You were so fortunate to have had your wonderful mother for such a long time. May she rest in peace.