Rose J. Rice, 77

PORTLAND — Rose J. Rice, 77, of Oxford passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Maine Medical Center.

She was born in Damariscotta on April 4, 1940, the daughter of Walter Charles and Louise Blake Coffin. She attended Wiscasset schools and had been an Avon representative for 32 years. She married Bruce R. Rice on Feb. 9, 1980. She was a member of the First Congregational Church Thalians Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Moore of Oxford; her sons John Ames, Jr. of Norway and Andrew Ames of Waterford; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband in 1996; two sisters, Caroline Verrill and Vera Thorn; a stepson, Scott Rice; and a grandson.

Online condolences may be shared with her family at

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Foster-Carroll American Legion Post in South Paris with a brief service at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main Street, South Paris.

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