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“Katie was always a pleasant & kind lady wherever or whenever I would see her. She always had a big smile talking about her family, especially her...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Judy Meckstroth - Piqua, OH

“So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies are with you. I always loved Katie's spark and enthusiasum. I ran into her and Doc at Buffalo Jack's...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Dana Schilling - Troy, OH

“Katherine was such a sweet person, thoughtful of others, fun. She will be missed. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Bill & Jodi Phipps - Oldenburg, IN

“We all Miss Dear Katie at Sterling House and were deeply saddened when she passed. I only knew her a short time as one of her caregivers but she left...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Deb Mcneal - Piqua

“Eric, Your family was so accepting and caring and I am grateful that I got a chance to get to know them. They will be truly missed and I hope it's...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Megan Pace - Springboro, OH

“Eric and Steve, I will never forget the kindness and generosity of your mom and dad (Mops and Pops) during my time in Troy. Katie and Don treated me...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Wacker - Wentzville, MO

“Steve, Gina, & Eric, I'm so sorry to hear about Katie's passing. Please know that you will all be in my thoughts while you're going through...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Phillis - Covington, OH

“Eric and Steve, we are sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful, caring lady, and we will remember her always. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Joel and Kathy Miller - Covington, OH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Katie was a ball of fire and will be remembered as someone who greeted all with a...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Bob and Jan WAcker - Chesterfield, MO

RICE, Katherine Ruth
Age 83, of Covington, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Upper Valley Medical Center. She was born June 21, 1929, in Durham, Ontario, Canada, to her parents Elmer & Ruth (Miller) Trafford. She graduated from Durham High School and attended the Northern Business College of Owen Sound, attaining an Executive Secretary certificate. Following her schooling, she went to work for the Ontario Department of Highways. She later worked for Kelvinator of Canada as an executive secretary where her employer requested for her to move to the Stolle Corporation in Sidney in 1956. On June 14, 1958, she married Donald Rice and together they shared a life for 54 years. When her husband was finishing his residency in Denver, Colorado, she worked at Continental Airlines as an executive secretary and unofficially approved the food to be served to airline passengers. In the early 60's, they moved to Covington, Ohio, and established a new medical practice D.W. Rice MD. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald W. Rice; brothers Harold Trafford, Patrick Trafford, Gilbert Trafford; sister Lucille Cutting. She will be missed and remembered by her sons and daughter-in-law Steven & Gina Rice of Beavercreek, Eric Rice of Troy; granddaughter Angeline Catherine Rice; brother and sister-in-law Eric "Bud" & Yolande Trafford of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Services will be held 6:30 PM Tuesday, February 12, at Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home, 10 S. High Street, Covington, with Pastor James Van Zile officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. If so desired memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Boy Scout of America. Online memories may be left for the family at

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