Date of Birth February 26, 1944
Date Deceased June 22, 2022
Hometown Bath
Home State N.Y.
Service Date July 23, 2022
Service Time 1 p.m.
Service Location Hammondsport American Legion


BATH – Anita L. Rice, 78, went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning (June 22, 2022), in the presence of her loving family, at her home on Murlatt Road in the Town of Wheeler.

Born in Wellsville on February 26, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Ellory and Diana (Carpenter) Ordway.

On July 13, 1963 she married the love of her life, Ronald Rice.

Her hobbies included playing the piano, something she started as a young girl, until her sickness stopped her.  She had a fondness and love for her cats and all wildlife, including feeding wild ducks.

She is survived by her husband Ronald; children Curtis (Marcia) Rice, Diana (Mark) Rice, Renee (Dan) Rice; Grandchildren Curtis Rice, Jr., Ryan (Sharalyn) Rice, Wesley (Jami) Rice, Samantha Rice; Aaron (Shyntia) Kloss, David (Megha) Spires Jr., Tasha Speer, Jerica Speer, Maurin (Paul) Goodwin, Alexanda (Keith) Reed; and 10 Great-Grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her parents Ellory and Diana Ordway.

A celebration of life service will take place Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the Hammondsport American Legion, 8425 NY-54, Hammondsport, NY 14840, at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Anita can be made to the Fingerlakes SPCA, 72 Cameron Street, Bath, NY 14810, or

The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport, is honored to assist Anita’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences and remembrances of Anita are welcome on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home or in the comment section below.

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