Donna Carmen (Lidberg) Rice passed away from cancer on Friday, January 1, 2016 at LifeCare Greenbush Manor. She gracefully fought a courageous battle.
Donna was born on April 20, 1939 in Aitkin, MN to Emanuel and Helmi Lidberg. She grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1957. After graduation Donna attended the Minnesota School of Business and the Minnesota School of Laboratory Technique in Minneapolis, MN. On September 25, 1958 she graduated as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Donna was offered a job at the Roseau Hospital Lab. While living and working in Roseau, MN she met her future husband Stanley Rice.
Donna and Stanley were married on October 24, 1959 in Aitkin, MN. They lived and farmed in Pinecreek, MN. They were blessed with five sons: Stuart in 1960, Steven in 1962, Gregg in 1963, Gary in 1965 and Kirby in 1970. Donna was a member of Pinecreek Lutheran Church and an active member of the Pinecreek Lutheran Church WELCA. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, baking, reading, game shows, puzzles and ice fishing. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. Before her retirement she worked at Doug’s Supermarket in Roseau, MN.
Donna was a kindhearted lady. She will be remembered for her strong faith, patience, positive attitude and warm smile.
Donna is survived by her children: Stuart (Deborah) Rice of Pinecreek, MN, Steven Rice of Moorhead, MN, Gregg Rice of Pinecreek, MN, Gary (Lori) Rice of Fargo, ND and Kirby (Kelly) Rice of Pinecreek, MN. 9 granchildren: Aris (Aaron), Emanuel, Kaeley, Mina, Anya, Nick, Jessica (Kyle), Trista (Joe) and Alissah (Jon). 8 great grandchildren: Hunter, Xander, Eden, Jaxie, Presleigh, Wyatt, Austin and Easton. Sisters: Carrie (Ron) Luoma and Ruthie Rengo. Several nieces, nephews, sister-in-law’s and brother-in-law’s.
She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley, her parents: Emanuel and Helmi, sisters: Geri and Dorothy, brothers: Frank, Bobby, Rick and Kenny, and one granddaughter Bella Rice.
A Funeral Service for Donna C. Rice will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 1:00PM at Pinecreek Lutheran Church in Pincreek, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 5-7PM with a prayer service at 6:30PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau, MN. Interment will be held at Pinecreek Cemetery.
Helegeson Funeral Home