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Naomi Jane Rice, 63, of Carlisle, peacefully passed away on Christmas Eve with her family by her side at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. After 9 years of fighting cancer Jane lost the battle, but it was a battle that she fought consistently and with a definite determination that the disease would not change her spirit or her promise to enjoy life and her family. While some accommodations and concessions were made along the way, she did not allow it to affect her outlook on life or that of her family. The last several weeks were difficult for Jane as her mobility was impaired, but she kept her spirits and those around her light and festive, as only she could.

Jane was born October 24, 1947, in Carlisle, a daughter of the late William Mac Kissinger and Bertha Jane (Madison) Kissinger. She graduated from Carlisle High School and Harrisburg Area Community College. She was a loving homemaker and a life long member of First Presbyterian Church in Carlisle. Jane was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Iota Chapter.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 44 years, Edwin L. Rice, a daughter, Heather Jo Metzger (and her husband, Brian) of Mt. Holly Springs, two grandchildren, Brianna and Aidan Metzger, a sister, JoAnn Heineman (and her husband, Douglas) of Carlisle, a nephew, Kristopher Heineman of Pittsburgh, her aunts; Vera and Shirley Madison and her uncles; James and Ronald Madison all of Carlisle.

While Christmas Eve was difficult, it somehow seems appropriate since this is the time of year that Jane loved the most. As we think of the many good times and the legacy that she has left with our family and friends, we are reminded of a portion of one of her favorite carols.

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Janie, you are missed!

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle with Rev. Jon A. Black and Chaplain Frank Poley officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 12 Noon until time of services. The family will also receive friends for a time of fellowship immediately following the memorial services at the First Presbyterian Church in Carlisle. Burial will be private in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Institute of the Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033 or to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.  After reading the obituary I feel like I knew Jane and the wonderful person and legacy she gifted to all.  Remember the good times, they will help you.  My prayers will be with you. 
Mary Marines
Very sorry for your loss.

Judy Klingerman
PSLA member
Heather & Jake-

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers through this time.

In sympathy-
South Middleton Township & Barbara Wilson
Heather, what a lovely tribute to your mother-it conveyed the love within your family and made me feel as if I knew her.  Thinking of you and your family.

Julie Miles
Heather, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Wendy & Dave Weaver
Ed, I'm so sorry to hear about Jane's passing.  I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Tom Kennedy
Heather, what a touching tribute. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
Although words seem inadequate to express the sadness we all feel, please know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Hold tight to memories for comfort and may the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

Colleen Allgyer
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cumberland Goodwill EMS
To the Rice family:  May your heart hear His comforting voice, may your spirit know His loving compassion, and in His gentle embrace may you find the peace you seek. You are in our thoughts and prayers,

Frank & Nancy Poley
We are so sorry for your loss.  We will truly miss Jane. She has been a wonderful neighbor.  We are out of town for the service, but our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Amy and Tom Warren
Ed and Heather, I am so sorry to hear of Jane's passing.  She was so brave.  My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Renee Murray
I just heard of the loss of your wife and wanted to express my sincere condolences to you and yoiur family.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Frank Lindeman
Dear Ed,

I was so very sad to learn about the loss of your Janie.  I lost my mother to breast cancer on 12-23-90.  It's a very difficult time to loose a loved one.  On this day each year, I have found it comforting to talk to my aunt  and cousin (more of a sister) and together we remember many of the good times.  This tends to be very healing.  You will remain in my prayers.

With my deepest sympathy,

Deb Snelson
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Since 1853
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
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