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 ½ 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,
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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.
Very sorry for your loss.
Heather & Jake-
Please know you are in our
thoughts and prayers through this time.
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.
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.
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.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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
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.
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.
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.
my deepest sympathy,
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