Meadville Tribune

April 8, 2014

Joanne M. Rice

Meadville Tribune

SAEGERTOWN — Joanne M. Rice, 66, of Saegertown, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Marquette Hospice House in Meadville. She was born on Feb. 28, 1948, in Meadville, a daughter of Wilfred L. Wood and Mary I. Perry Wood.

Joanne was a graduate of Saegertown High School.

She worked at Avtex before pursing a career in nursing, taking classes at the Crawford County Vo-Tech to become an LPN, and later graduating from Gannon University as a registered nurse. After becoming a nurse she had been employed by Meadville Medical Center for a number of years, some local nursing facilities and recently the Crawford County Correctional Facility.

Joanne was a member of New Beginnings Church of God where she was involved in church life group.

She enjoyed reading, shopping on QVC, gardening, bingo, crafts, and spending time with her other kids “dogs” Abby Rose and Joey.

Joanne is survived by three daughters, Sherri Howard and her husband, James, of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Sheila Jordan and her companion, Scott Gray of Cochranton, and Melissa Mailliard of Saegertown; a son, Jason Rice and his wife, Melissa, of Blooming Valley; 13 grandchildren, James Kyle, Desiree, Stephanie, Nathaniel, Chad, Cameron, Mackenzie, Chandler, Logan, Zachary, Caitlyn, Tessa and Hunter; a sister, Shirley O’Neil of Meadville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William and Russell Wood; an infant brother, Wilfred Wood; three sisters, Florence Manross, Frances Shorts and Beverly Leonhart; and an infant sister, Rose Elaine Wood.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at New Beginnings Church of God, 13226 Leslie Road, Meadville, with Pastor Harold Ferraro (retired), officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joanne’s memory to Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute, 16792 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335; or Marquette Hospice House, 13465 N. Wayland Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Please take a moment to share a memory, condolence or to order flowers for the family on Joanne’s Book of Memories online at

Arrangements are in the care of Roofner-Collins-Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 544 Chestnut St., Meadville.