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Mary Bennett Rice

January 1, 1928 March 22, 2019
Mary  Bennett Rice
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Mary Bennett Rice passed away on March 22nd, 2019 at the age of 91. She was born on January 1, 1928 in Garibaldi, Oregon to her parents O.E. and Lucy (Nelson) Full. She had an older brother Earl. When Mary was 2 the family moved to McMinnville and later moved onto the piece of property where she lived most of her life. She went to school in McMinnville and graduated from McMinnville High School in 1945.
About the time she graduated she met Boyd Bennett while skating with her friends. They were married on June 22, 1947 at the First Christian Church in McMinnville. The first years of their married lives they lived in Bethel on the Bennett family farm. They later moved to McMinnville where she would spend the rest of her life. Their oldest son David was born in 1953 and was followed by their son Duane in 1955.
Mary started working for the OSU-Yamhill County Extension office in 1949. She was the agricultural secretary and bookkeeper when she and Boyd both retired in 1985. After retirement Boyd and Mary enjoyed traveling with friends. They also liked to go camping, hunting, and fishing. They loved spending time with their grandchildren. Boyd passed away in September of 1997.
Mary was a long time member of the First Christian Church and it was at church that she got to know Dick Rice. They had been members of the same church for many years but after both had lost their spouses, they reconnected. They were married on February 1, 2002 in the First Christian Church. Dick and Mary enjoyed spending time camping and on trips to the beach.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 1st at 2:00pm, at Macy & Son. She is survived by her husband Dick Rice, her son and daughter-in-law Dave and Brenda of McMinnville, her son and daughter-in-law Duane and Lynnell of Canby. She also has four grandchildren; Craig Bennett, Karen Leppin, Jennifer Ford, and Steve Bennett, and five great-grandchildren, as well as an extended family.
The family would like to thank Rock of Ages for caring for her in the last months of her life, as well as Legacy Hospice for their care in the last week of her life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Legacy Hospice of Portland, or Alzheimer’s Association of Portland, in care of Macy & Son.

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2:00 PM 4/1/2019 2:00:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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