The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 16, 2014

Shirley M. Rice

JOHNSTOWN — RICE – Shirley M., 78, formerly of Ligonier, died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor, Johnstown. Born Sept. 18, 1935, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Harvey Shull Sr. and Carrie Ruth Knipple Shull. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. Rice, in 2009. Member of Heritage United Methodist and its Circle No. 1 Women’s Club, Quilting Club and Open Hands Ministry. Also a member Ligonier YMCA Silver Sneakers Club. Survived by daughters, Brenda Rice Hecker, Mullica Hill, N.J.; and Susan (Daniel) Blough, Hooversville; grandchildren, Melissa Hecker, Devin (Laura Hucik) Blough and Lance Blough; and brother, Harvey (Maryann) Shull Jr., Geistown. Friends will be received from noon to 2 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Shirley’s life will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Heritage United Methodist Church. Interment, Cuppett Cemetery, New Paris. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Shirley’s memory to Crossroads at Arbutus Park Manor or to your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit

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