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Kathryn LaRaine Spence Harper Rice

Reunited with her husband on February 7th. Age 84. Born May 9, 1933, to Hector Howell Harper and Kathryn Wright Robertson Spence in Salt Lake City, Utah. LaRaine was the seventh of nine children. She described her childhood as “outside privy, …Saturday night wash tub, using torn rags to curl your hair, and walking miles and miles to school in deep, deep snow, and wearing cardboard in shoes.”
She went to Blaine Junior High and remembered her school song until the very end. During her High School years she lived with her brother Don and his family in Salt Lake City.
After graduation, she went to work for the telephone company as a telephone operator.
She married Kenneth Bellamy Rice on May 1, 1953 and they were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on September 28, 1954. They had 7 children.
She was very active in the LDS church and was dedicated to her many church callings, of which her favorites included, nursery leader, chorister, genealogy teacher, choir leader, Relief Society President, Primary President, Young Women President, and devoted visiting teacher.
She worked as a lunch lady from 1976 until 1993 at Kearns, Granger, and Taylorsville high schools.
Kenneth and LaRaine served as missionaries in the Atlanta Georgia Mission. They also served multiple missions at the Family History Library, Member Locators, Humanitarian Center, and served as Temple ordinance workers in the Jordan River Temple, “the busiest temple in the world”.
She supported her children and grandchildren and was excited about their many achievements. She attended as many cub scouts and boy scout activities, 4H meetings, baseball games, rodeos, special performances, and graduations as possible. No matter what the accomplishment, she was their biggest and always the loudest cheerleader. She may not have been able to see them, but she always acted like she saw every detail.
She was an avid seamstress, she crocheted, and quilted. She started by making her own clothing in high school, and then clothing for her children, and she made hundreds of quilts throughout her life. She always had a quilt or many quilts being made. Every one of her children and grandchildren received a quilt.
She is survived by children, Eddie (Kathy), Kathryn (Mark Shelton), Laura, John (Sarah), Richard (Yvette), Ray (Laurie). Siblings and spouses, Joyce Harper, Darlene & Kenton Reid, Jack & Evelyn Harper, Rene Ann & Gary Cowman, 26 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild. Preceded in death by husband, Kenneth, George David (son), Don Anderson (son-in-law), parents, brothers Don, Ross, Robert, William & George, and great grandson Donnie.
We would like to give a special thank you to her nurse Soni, Encompass Hospice, and the staff at Summit Senior Living for the wonderful care that they gave to our mother over the last few months.
A viewing will be held at Redwood Memorial Mortuary (6500 S Redwood Rd), Monday, February 12, 2018 between 6-8 pm, and Tuesday, and February 13, 2018 at the LDS Kearns 10th Ward meeting house (5025 W. 4865 S) between 9:30-10:45 am. Funeral Services will be directly after at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Redwood Memorial Cemetery (6500 S Redwood Rd).

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Tribute Wall for Kathryn LaRaine Spence Harper Rice

  1. Janet bodily says:

    I will truly miss your mother I loved her very much she-guided me through many accomplishments love your family forever ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  2. Keith Smith says:

    It is with fondness and love that we remember the delightful LaRaine Rice, a woman of substance and conviction that is second to non. We were blessed to have known LaRaine during our 10 years of living on Sarbo Street. We immigrated in 1975 from England and one of the first things LaRaine was excited about was her English roots and her love for Family History. What a wonderful reunion it would have been to witness this spectacle, a joyous occasion. Look forward to seeing you again one day LaRaine and renewing our friendship. Love and best wishes to all the family from all of us here in England. Keith Smith, Eileen Smith and family.

  3. Keith Smith says:

    It is with fondness and love that we remember the delightful LaRaine Rice, a woman of substance and conviction that is second to non. We were blessed to have known LaRaine during our 10 years of living on Sarbo Street. We immigrated in 1975 from England and one of the first things LaRaine was excited about was her English roots and her love for Family History. What a wonderful reunion it would have been to witness this spectacle, a joyous occasion. Look forward to seeing you again one day LaRaine and renewing our friendship. Love and best wishes to all the family from all of us here in England.

  4. Sandi McNeill Mathis says:

    My dear sweet Aunt LaRaine.. always a joy to be around. What a great example and I always loved hearing “The Three Little Sisters” . Until we meet again ❤️❤️

  5. Dale Greenland says:

    LaRaine will always be a memory of a teacher who always took the time to deal with even the worst youngsters, those with too much energy and no focus. I know I was probably her biggest challenge.
    Not only did she support her family and church, she supported neighbors and community.
    To all her family, thank you for letting your mother spend some time to influence “such a rebel child”( your mothers words). But after reminding me of my child hood she stepped forward and gave me a big hug. That was LaRaine.
    She can now help care for you all, but now she can see you all.
    May God bless you all in your time of mourning. But knowing LaRaine she would rather that you all be happy and celebrate her life and yours.

  6. Tammy Hall Brown says:

    What a legacy LaRaine leaves us all she will truly be missed. I remember how sweet she was I stayed at her home a lot when my mother was sick. In the hospital. I was able to get to know her well growing up a few houses a way and spending a lot of good times with her children. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Rice family at this time. God bless you all and your beautiful Mother

  7. Myrna Anderson says:

    I remember how hard she worked to learn the things she needed to know to serve in the temple. She was determined although she couldn’t see to read what she needed to. A machine was brought in to help make everything larger and so she could memorize what she needed to. She approached each person with love and patience and kindness. She was truly an example of making “beauty from ashes” as she lived her life with faith and joy. My life has been blessed by knowing her.

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