BATH — Elizabeth M. Rice, 85, died peacefully Feb. 14 at Hill House Assisted Living.
She was born in 1925 in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland, and grew up on the family farm with six siblings.
During World War II she was trained as a midwife and nurse in England.
In 1952 she moved to New York where she continued to work as a nurse. She began a long-distance relationship with her future husband, Tim, and after they married in New York, she joined him in Boston where they began their married life.
Over the years she continued to work as a nurse in Boston hospitals and private duty care, while raising four sons.
She always volunteered to work on Christmas Day, helping those who were sick and in need. Her compassion and love of people was a daily lesson she taught by example, and her strong will inspired her children to work and succeed.
Her loving husband of 50 years, Tim, predeceased her, as well as two brothers, William and James.
Surviving are her siblings, Tom and Betty Palmer of Longford, County Longford, Ireland, John and Mary Palmer of Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland, Ellen and Nell O’Donoghue of Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland, and Mary Clarke of Wayne, N.J.; her sons, Mike and Mary Lou of Old Lyme, Conn., John of Goshen, N.Y., Tom and Julie of Bath, and Tim and Elissa of Winchester, Mass.; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to CHANS Hospice, 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath at 11 a.m.
Condolences can be shared with her family online at desmondfuneralhomes.com.