Frances "Evaline" Prince-Rice
93 year old Lena woman expires
Mrs. Evaline Rice, widow of the late Joseph Rice and a pioneer resident of Stephenson county passes away at a Freeport hospital Saturday morning at the age of 93 years. Her passing was due to the infirmities of old age she having been confined to bed for the past three months. Frances Evaline Prince was born in the town of Truxton, Courtland county, New York, june 11 1833, being a daughter of Charles and Alzena Prince. Her childhood was spent at Truxton and on February 10 1850, she was united in marriage to Joseph Rice. They came to this section shortly after their marriage, the husband taking up a tract of land consisting of 300 acres and located near Lena, part of the tract still being owned by Wm. A. Rice. When they came to this section Mr. Rice and the older children traveled overland while Mrs. Rice and the younger children traveled by rail. Mrs. Rice was known as a very witty and bright as well as a handsome woman, her sparkle, both in apperance and speech, remaining with her to the end. For many years she practiced nursing, having been very efficient at that profession. She is survived by the following children: Frank Rice, East Dubuque, Ill., Burdett Rice, Charles City, Ia., Mrs Edith M. Staver, Freeport, George Rice, Rockford, Myrtle Graham, Batavia, and one step-son William Rice, Lena. There are also thirty eight grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. The husband the the following children preceeded her in death: Recina Allard, Charles Rice, Edwin Rice, Winnie Rice, and Annett and Ira Rice, the last two having been step children. Funeral services were conducted from the Wagner funeral home, Freeport at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. Rev. Max Cook of Woodland Wash., officiated at the services. Six grandsons acted as pallbearers. Interment was made in the Christian Hollow cemetery beside her husband who passed away about 40 years ago.
THE LENA WEEKLY STAR - Lena, IL July 15 1926. Submitted by: R. Lamb on 11 June 1998