Irene C Rice

September 14, 1921May 28, 2013

Irene Rice of Huntington Beach, California passed away on May 28, 2013. A Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Saint Luke Orthodox Church with a reception to follow. Arrangements under the direction of Westminster Memorial Park, 14801 Beach Blvd. Westminster, California 92683 (714 893-2421.

Irene was born in 1921 in Lewiston, Maine to parents Costas and Vasiliki Karayianis. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1939. Irene came to California in 1959 and met beloved husband David. Irene was predeceased by husband David Rice, parents Costas and Vasiliki, siblings Veno, Alex, Helen, William, John, and Penny. She is survived by her brother Sayre, daughters Tina and Debbie, Son David and son-in-law Craig. Irene was blessed with seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Irene's Smile Though her smile is gone forever, And her hand we cannot touch, We still have memories of the One we loved so much. Her memory is our keepsake, With which we'll never part God has her in his keeping, We have her in our hearts. Irene will be sadly missed, But never forgotten.

God only takes the best you know!

-by Shirley Meeks


  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 9, 2013

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June 10, 2013

I love you Aunt Irene. I will miss you and think of all the fun times I had at your house.

Trisha Rice Pierce

June 8, 2013

Aunt Irene always had a smile on her face. She was always happy and smiling, you could hear it in her voice. I remember so many birthday , holiday, Christmas parties at Aunt Irene's and Uncle Dave's. Always a joyous and fun time, laughing, teasing and happiness with grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles and cousins. When Aunt Irene came to my wedding she gave me the best gift of of the wood tiki dolls my dad had carved and given to them as a gift. It was so special to me. Heaven has definitely received an angel.

Eric Rice

June 6, 2013

Aunt Irene always had an open home, open heart and open arms. She inspired a legacy of love and compassion.

- Eric Rice

Shirley Meek

June 4, 2013

Each one of us has been touched is one way or another by Irene's love she bestowed on all of us. I met Irene shortly after she came to California in 1959---54 years ago. We both worked for the same title company and have remained dear friends to the end. How could you not be blessed with a friendship like that?

I wish I knew the formula for wiping away your tears. They say that time alone will hear your sorrow that you bear today, and we know that life without her will not be the same, still may it help a bit to know that others feel your pain.

God saw her getting tired and a cure was not to be. So, He wrapped His arms around her and whispered, "Come with me." With tearful eyes you watched suffered, and watched her fade away. Although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating; a determined spirit was at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us: "He only takes the Best."

Someone so special can never be forgotten. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; but love leaves a memory no one can steal and Irene certainly was loved by all.

We know one day we will all take the path alone and Irene will be there to greet us with that smile on her face “Welcoming Us Home”.

Sharing in your sorrow, Shirley (Meek)

Sharon Karayianis

June 3, 2013

Craig & Tina Henson

June 2, 2013

Although we are sad at the passing of my Mom we are grateful for all the wonderful years we had with her. She was the most loving and giving person we have ever known. She will stay in our hearts forever. We LOVE and MISS you Mama!

Heather Oxenham

June 1, 2013

As my grandmother she left her special footprints on my heart. She will forever be in my dreams and my memories and Ill always cherish the special times we had together. Love you always and forever GMA!