Helen Rice, 91, Minot, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Trinity Homes in Minot.
Helen Jane Nielsen was born July 6, 1922, the daughter of Jens and Marie (Hansen) Nielsen, in Minneapolis. She was raised and educated in Hamel, Minn.
Helen was united in marriage to James D. "Jim" Rice on March 8, 1941, in Maple Plain, Minn. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Minneapolis. In September 1951, the couple moved to Minot where they owned and operated Rice Distributing, a distributor of Grain Belt beer in Minot and surrounding communities. Helen served as the bookkeeper. In 1970, they sold the business to Reggie Morelli.
In her retirement years, she volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot and was awarded with the Seasons of Volunteering Award in June 1992. Jim passed away Aug. 4, 2000. Following her husband's death, she continued to reside in Minot.
She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Minot.
She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and her flowers. She also enjoyed watching Nodak racing, where her grandchildren, Robbie and Dallas raced, and enjoyed following her grandchildren, Robyn and Randy's school activities.
Surviving family includes: sons, Robert (Judy) Rice, Minot, and Larry (Judy) Rice, Turtle Lake; grandchildren, Robbie (Sandy) Rice, Rory (April) Rice, Randy (Rachel) Rice, and Robyn (Ryan) Goven; great-grandchildren, Dallas Rice, Rayna Rice, Reese Rice, Reggie Rice, Ray Rice, Ricky Rice, Mikayla Sandberg, Ginger Goven, Monica Goven and Sadie Goven; brother, Donald (Deloris) Nielsen, Minneapolis; sister, Verna Kirk, Las Vegas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; and sisters, Margaret Fowler and Doris Dorweiller; and brothers, Elmer and Kermit Nielsen.
Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 11 a.m., at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Jan. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or Trinity Hospice of Minot.
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