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Dorothy "Dottie" Rice

Dorothy "Dottie" Rice, age 87 of Philip, SD, died Sunday, November 1, 2009, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Wednesday. November 4, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Elvera Moos, vocalist. Ushers were Fred Foland and Craig Anderson. Pallbearers were Mark Foland, Robert Anderson, Dale and Ed Morrison, Bill Gottsleben and Steve Lindgren.

Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Dorothy M. Gottsleben was born February 25, 1922, on the homestead, near Philip, SD, the daughter of Paul and Minnie (Jensen) Gottsleben. When Dorothy was two weeks old, her mother died and she was then raised and adopted by her maternal grandparents, Nels and Bena Jensen. She grew up on the Jensen Ranch, which they had homesteaded in 1890.

Dorothy graduated from Philip High School in 1938, and then attended Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish for two years. She taught school in South Dakota for three years before moving to Seattle, WA, in 1944. She met her future husband, Harrison A. Rice, who was a test pilot for the B-17 Bomber at the Boeing Aircraft Company.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Harrison Rice in 1948, while living in Glendale, CA. In 1951, they moved to New Jersey and lived mostly in the Hasbrouck Heights area. Dorothy worked for the Bendix Corporation in Teterboro, NJ, for 26 years and was editor of the company's employee publication for 20 of those years. She was active in state and national editors associations and served on the board of directors of both.

Dorothy received her bachelor of science degree in public relations from Columbia University in New York City in 1974.

Her husband, Harrison, preceded her in death in February 1977.

Dorothy continued to live in New Jersey until May 1979, when she moved back to Philip, SD. She served as Clerk of Courts in Haakon County until August 1980. In 1981, she moved to Rapid City where she worked in the sales office of Motorola until retiring in 1987. She had resided at Westhills Village Retirement Community from 1984 to 2004, when she moved into the Silverleaf Assisted Living Center in Philip.

Survivors include her Jensen and Gottsleben cousins, which include Carrol Foland and her husband, Vern, and their family, James Gottsleben and his wife, Myrna, and their family, Mary Agnes Pekron and her husband, Hank, and their family, the Clark Morrison family, Richard Lindgren and his wife, Rose, and their family, and Ann Patnoe and her family.

In addition to her husband, Harrison, Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, and her cousin, Bonnie Morrison.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com