Josette Leslie Rice joined the angels early morning on October 15, 2020. Born in Sacramento, CA on March 27, 1953 to the late Marcy (Hintz) and Lawrence Rice, Josette was a gentle soul who left much too soon.
Josette earned Masters degrees in Materials Science and Engineering (UC Davis) and Electrical Engineering (George Washington Univ). During her 24-year Naval career as an Engineering Duty Officer, she was an instructor at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy, built satellites out of new and used parts, and retired with the rank of Commander.
Never one to slow down, she obtained her General Contractor’s license, Project Management credential, started her own engineering construction firm, and was awarded numerous Prime contracts with federal and state governments.
Affectionately known as Jojo, she earned her Master Gardener credentials from both California and Florida university horticultural programs with Wendy, her best friend and spouse. Jojo was an avid lecturer on gardening for birds and butterflies often found leading workshops on birdhouse building and miniature gardens. Many gardens today are populated with milkweed and other butterfly-loving flowers because of her generosity of time and spirit.
Josette was a martial arts 3rd degree black belt who once ran her own dojo, a wonderful guitarist, and an avid hiker of any place where she could put her boots on the ground. Her favorite hobby besides gardening was a quiet beach walk with her favorite people and dogs.
She is survived by her spouse, Wendy L Emerson of Vero Beach, FL; their four papillon (butterfly) dogs; her siblings, Dorian Rice (Diane) of Boise, ID; Kerry Rice of Murphy, CA; Kandi Fulmer (BJ) of Minden, NV; nephews Zack Rice, Kerry Rice Jr, Joshua Rice, Dakota Fulmer, Shayne Fulmer, and niece Meagan Rice.
Josette was predeceased by her parents and a brother.
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