Dolores Maria Rice, known to friends as “Dolly” passed away on April 9, 2021, at the age of 93 years.
Dolores Maria (Orgo) Rice was born November 2, 1927 in Newark, NJ. She came into this world 3 months early and barely tipped the scale at 3 pounds, hence her lifelong nickname of Dolly.
Dolly’s early life was pretty evenly split between New Jersey and Florida. She attended school at Holy Name Academy in St. Leo, Florida, and spent her summers in Spring Lake, NJ, where she met her husband Matthews (Matty) Rice. The two became one on January 4, 1950. The first 15 years of marriage was spent in New Jersey where Dolly spent her time raising their 3 children. In 1965 the family moved to Groveland FL. Dolly started working at Groveland High School where she stayed till 1975, at which time she was offered a job to manage the Gift Shop at Mission Inn, Howey in the Hills. Even among all of the business, Dolly was still able to maintain her passion for breeding and training German Shepherds as well as a love of gardening and floristry, often helping create beautiful bouquets for family events. Upon retiring she joined the South Lake Pink Lady Auxiliary which led her to a position in the hospital gift shop where she worked part-time until 2008. She then devoted her life caring for her loving husband until he passed in 2010. They were married for 60 years. The last 11 years of her life she enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters and great grandsons on what some would call breath-taking vacations.
She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Clermont, Florida
Dolly was preceded in death by her husband, Matty; her son Ernie Rice of Groveland; her brother Ernest Orgo, Colts Neck, NJ; her parents, Tom and Helen Orgo of Groveland Florida.
Dolly is survived by her son, Jeff (Nora) Rice, her daughter Kathlenia (Jimmy) Carter, granddaughters Jessica Carter, Ashleigh(Luke) Watkins, Janae Carter, three great grandsons, Deacon, Dawson and Jace, and 9 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in her name, to the Vero VNA Hospice Nurses and House 901 37th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960
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