Obituaries: JoAnne H. Rice

Obituaries: JoAnne H. Rice

ILWACO - Ocean Park resident JoAnne Hesse Rice, 73, died July 31, 2008, in Ilwaco. She was born to Merle F. and Dorothy M. Hesse on Jan. 30, 1935, in Ballard. She was a graduate of both Ballard High School and the University of Washington where she was a scholarship student majoring in business administration and a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Sorority.

It was during her years at the University that she met her future husband, Keith J. Rice, of Kahlotus. They married on June 23, 1956, in Seattle, where they settled down and started their family. In 1968 she and her husband and their three children moved to the Bothell area, where they shared ownership in Ostrom's Drugstore, a longtime fixture in the Kenmore Village Shopping Center. During these years she especially enjoyed the time spent with her family at their summer home on Whidbey Island on the shores of Puget Sound.

In the winter of 1976, she married Francis X. "Jake" Moesh in Anchorage, Alaska. They divided their time in the ensuing years between their homes in Seattle, Anchorage, and Palm Springs. The couple also traveled extensively during this period, and particularly enjoyed time spent in Central and South America.

She moved to Southwest Washington in 1990, where she made her home on the Long Beach Peninsula. She felt instantly embraced by the Long Beach community, and took great pleasure in the warmth of the people and the beauty of the surroundings. She was a keen observer of nature and was endlessly fascinated by the animals that made their homes on the land surrounding her house in the woods.

She was a woman of unconditional love and kindness, and she will always be cherished and celebrated by those who've loved her so dearly. She is survived by her three children, Andrew T. Rice of Redmond, Julie K. Kaynor of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Jay K. Rice of Gladstone, Ore.; and by her eight grandchildren.

At her request no service will be held. Remembrances may be made to the South Pacific County Humane Society, P.O. Box 101, Long Beach, WA 98631. The guest book is available at

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