Helen Joan Malloy Rice, 91: Mother, devout volunteer

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PORTLAND — Helen Joan Malloy Rice, 91, died May 10 at St. Joseph’s Residence and Rehabilitation Center, where she was surrounded by her family.

She was born in Portland on Jan. 29, 1921, to Stephen and Mary Malloy. She grew up on Munjoy Hill and attended Cathedral High School.

She met C. Roy Rice at a USO dance and they were married on Jan. 18, 1942, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

She was a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Home and School Association, Cheverus Mother’s Club, Woodford School for Special Needs and St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.

Rice was a member of Opus Dei for 40 years and the highlights of her life were her pilgrimages to Rome and Spain.

She was predeceased by her husband, who died March 9, 2002.

She is survived by three daughters, Pamela Mangan and her husband, David, of Naples, Fla., Vicki Booth and her husband, Edwin, of Portland, and Julie Rice of Portland; three sons, S. Roy Rice and his wife, Charlotte, of Portland, Robert Rice and his wife, Viola, of Portland, and Andrew Rice and his wife, Tina, of Bangor; three sisters, Mary Ingerowski and her husband, Frank, of Portland, Eileen Moore of Portland and Beatrice Kijek of Ipswich, Mass.; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Beacon Hospice and St. Joseph’s Residence and Rehabilitation Center for their professionalism and the loving care provided.

Memorial donations may be made to Bayridge Residence, 395 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or St. Joseph’s Residence and Rehabilitation Center, 1133 Washington Ave., Portland, ME 04103.

Visiting hours took place on May 14 at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Funeral services took place on May 15 at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.