Shirley Terhune Rice

Shirley Terhune Rice died Monday, March 25, 2013 of a long illness. Her graveside service will be Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. A Celebration of Her Life will be Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at The Residency Chapel with Reverends Lauren Ekdahl and James Rowe officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com.

~M~ would like to thank everyone for their loving thoughts. At his request, cremation will not take place.

Please make your donation to the place(s) that come to mind, when you think of ShirleyÂ… Thank you.

She was born November 16, 1931 to Otis and Helen (Simmons) Terhune in the home of her parent's where she lived until she moved to The Residency in 2004. She was the great granddaughter of one of the original Scottsbluff settlers, Charles Simmons and granddaughter of O. W. and Nellie Simmons and homesteaders Oliver and Anna Terhune. She graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1949 and organized the "Noon Lunch Bunch" reunions. She was queen of Jobs Daughters' and attended the School of Floral Design in Denver, Colorado and came home to work side by side with her father at Terhune's Floral.

Shirley met M. Rice at the Old Copper Kettle. Shirley was a preforming clown and two weeks later he joined her. She married M. Rice on July 25, 1965 and they were soul mates. They were both Ham Operators, participated as tornado watches and she was SCM and he was SEC. They both were active in the Elks Club.

She was a very active and giving person. She was Past President of the Red Cross, Past President of Platte Valley Museum, volunteered for the Oregon Trail Days and Old Settlers reunion, volunteered at Regional West Medical Center making floral arrangements for more than 10,000 hours and she was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church in Gering.

She is survived by her loving husband M Rice; her sister Joyce Alcock and husband Jack and their daughters Julie Breon of Atlanta, GA and Jane Schmidt of Louisville, KY.

She was preceded in death by her parents Otis and Helen Terhune and her son John Otis Parmenter.

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