Marjorie Rice-Baker

March 4, 1945March 7, 2019

Marjorie Rice-Baker, 74, passed away peacefully on Thursday March 7, 2019. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with burial at Resthaven Cemetery. A visitation with the family will be on Friday, March 15, 2019 at McLaren’s Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m.

Marjorie was born in Jefferson, Iowa on March 4, 1945 to Buddy and Margaret (McCollum) Mentzer. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Marjorie had a special place in her heart for children and raised all kinds, as she operated an in-home daycare. She was always cleaning and tidying up around the house. Marjorie very much enjoyed walking and could be seen walking daily whether it was passing time, or just because she liked to walk. She was truly someone special and will be missed by all who loved her.

Marjorie is survived by her husband of 30 years, Carl Baker; children, Doug Rice, Tammy (Dan) Weis, and Rod Rice; step-sons, Denver (Julie) and David Baker; 7 grandchildren, Lynette (Tom) Jacobs, Ashley (Zach) Hall; Amanda Rice (Andrew Shepherd), Kevin Weis, Mikaela Baker, Jana Baker, and Justin (Darcy) Griffey; 8 great-granchildren, Tyler Sciarrotta, Haley Ackelson, Tori Jacobs, Jeremiah Medina, Ollie Shepherd, Ian Hall, Kolton Griffey, and Hunter Rosewall; 7 siblings, Jerry (Mary Jo) Mentzer, Janice Runyan, Peggy (Eldon) Cunningham; Mike Mentzer (Shelly Thornton), Don (Pam) Mentzer, Bill (Donna) Mentzer, and Linda (Pat) Hurley. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Pammey and siblings, George and John Mentzer.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Rice family.


  • Denver Baker
  • David Baker
  • Tyler Sciarrotta
  • Scott Mentzer
  • Shane Mentzer
  • Conner Bollinger


  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019

Marjorie Rice-Baker

have a memory or condolence to add?


March 12, 2019

We met Marge about 27 years old as she was our daughter Stacy's daycare provider along with of course Carl!

She was incredible! - She always had a cheery smile to greet everyone one. She had a dry sense of humor.

She was a special person and We know she has touched so many peoples life.

We continued to be friends long after Stacy started school. She has a special place in our hearts.

As the days and weeks pass by may you always feel the comfort of family and friends.

May your hearts always be filled with wonderful memories of Marge.

Our deepest condolences are with your family and friends.

Leslie & David Keely and Stacy Pound

Marilyn Slight

March 11, 2019

Have known Marj for 51 yrs. Met her at church. We have spent many birthdays, anniversary or just a weekend out to eat.
It was usually a place she had a couple for. She loved her coupons. Tried walking with her one time no more. She was to fast for me. She was there for me when I lost my mom, my husband and just a few days before her passing my brother. We talked for hrs on the phone she was a good listener. Oh Marj I miss you so much already.
Love you girl. Always Marilyn Slight🤣💖

Sherry Vander Meide

March 10, 2019

Margie babysat with our children, Joel and Kelly all their infant years until they went to school. She was the best sitter we ever had. The kids loved her. They would always give a cheerful `hi Margie’ when they would see her. Now, I’ll bet God is also saying a cheerful `hi Margie’ too.