1949 - 2012
Renee Rice of College Place passed away Aug. 31, 2012, at her home at the age of 62 years. Graveside services will be Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery with Pastor Duane Geyer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Betty Thrasher Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Butte College Foundation, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, Calif., 95965 or through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home.
Renee was born Sept. 23, 1949, in Ellensburg, the daughter of Lew and Betty Cleem Renville. At 7 years of age, the family moved to Milton-Freewater, where Lew and Betty opened the Totem Bowl Bowling Alley. Renee attended Freewater School, Central Junior High and graduated from Mac-Hi in 1967. While in school, she became an accomplished bowler, winning the State Junior Championship and was also an excellent snow skier, at one time a member of the Spout Springs Ski Patrol. Growing up in Milton, she did all the kid things, such as picking strawberries at Winn’s Berry Farm and working in pea harvest.
Renee continued her education after high school and attended business school. She moved to Ellensburg in 1968 and married David Mosier. The couple were later divorced. In the late 1970s, she married Paul Rice, a longtime farmer in Athena. She worked as a meat wrapper for a number of years for Safeway and then radio advertisement sales for a Walla Walla radio station and also worked in public relations for Cooke Cablevision. She moved to Los Angeles after her divorce from Paul in 1989 and worked as a customer service agent for Skywest Airlines for 11 years. In 2001 she moved to Seattle and worked as a merchandiser for National Vendor Services, working there for seven years.
In 2008, Renee moved back home to Walla Walla to be close to her family and friends. She went to work for Anderson Merchandisers, working there until the present. Renee was very fond of the pet cats she has had over the years.
She is survived by a daughter, Ann and J.R. Sprute of Lakewood, Wash.; her father, Lew Renville, and his longtime companion, Betty Turley of Walla Walla; a brother, Allen and Lisa Renville of Chico, Calif.; step-father, John Thrasher of Walla Walla; three step-brothers, Chuck Thrasher of Baker City, Ore., Tom Thrasher of Bremerton, Wash., Joe Thrasher of Bevard, N.C.; grandchildren, Joshua Bradley and Samantha Bradley, both of Lakewood, Wash.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Renee was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Thrasher, on July 21, 2010.