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Katherine Kay Rice

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On September 21, 2021 @ 3:58 pm In 2021,Obituaries | 8 Comments

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On Saturday, September 18, 2021, loving mother, wife and grandmother, Katherine Kay Rice passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Tragically, just four weeks earlier, Kathy lost her loving husband Jeff Sr unexpectedly and was unable to truly mourn his passing as she was admitted into the hospital just a day after his funeral.

Funeral Services for Kathy was held Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (4565 Pleasant St. SE) in Prior Lake. A visitation will take place prior from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Family and friends can watch a recording of the service at the following link: Kathy Rice Funeral Service.

Everyone who knows Kathy can testify to her selflessness and that everything she did was done with the utmost purpose, care, and love…for others. Kathy was born in Rockford, Illinois to Sam and Katie Osborne on November 13, 1945 and was raised there with her brothers Sam and Jim as well as her sisters Sandra and Judy. In her late teens, she met Jeff Rice Sr. the man whom she would be married to for 54 years, and they raised two children of their own, Jeff Jr. and Scott.

Kathy spent those 54 years as the “rock” for her husband and family, as well as many of those who had the privilege of knowing her. She was the wife who lovingly supported her husband through life’s ups and downs. She was the mother who loved her children unconditionally. She was the friend that could be counted on. She was a proud grandmother that couldn’t get enough of her grandsons, Sam and Joe.

Kathy appreciated life with a full heart and those who knew her best will remember her love for cooking, shopping, traveling and cheering on her grandsons at Lakers hockey games. Kathy worked at The HairMate salon in Prior Lake for the last 15 years. She always told us how much she loved the conversations with the customers and her co-workers.

While Prior Lake was where they spent most of their life, Kathy and Jeff Sr. also lived in Las Vegas, NV and Cape Coral, FL, where she had a special affinity for time at the beach, on the water, or at a Fort Myers flea market. Kathy always had a great story to tell about times at such places as the Top O’ Mast or the Pink Shell and how trips to Florida and spending time with loved ones meant the world to her…always with a Jimmy Buffett or Neil Diamond song as a backdrop.

Kathy will be missed dearly by those who remain as she was still so vibrant and had articulated many plans to enjoy life with her family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Jeff Sr., her parents Samuel and Katherine Osborne; her brothers Samuel and Jim Osborne; and sister Judy. Kathy is survived by her sons Jeff Jr. and Ceci, Scott and his wife Carrie, her grandsons Sam and Joe, her sister Sandra Milligan and her precious dog Moose.


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Condolence from Cher Rezac on September 22nd, 2021 2:33 pm

I am so very sorry . Kathy was a class act who loved her family more than anything in the world. The pride she had when talking about her grandsons makes me smile. The love of her boys was so evident.
She truly was a ray of sunshine.
My best to you all as you navigate the loss of these two❤️

Condolence from Maggie Duckstad on September 22nd, 2021 4:06 pm

Kathy was one of the classiest people I have ever met, and have never known anyone with more heart and compassion. Beautiful inside and out! Will miss her dearly. Prayers for the family during this very sad time.

Condolence from Sarah Lubansky on September 23rd, 2021 2:51 pm

Dear Scott, Jeff & Family

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your parents. Praying that your wonderful memories of them both will fill your hearts and give you comfort during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sarah & Greg Lubansky

Condolence from Jolene Rice on September 23rd, 2021 4:08 pm

Wow, so soon after Uncle Jeff! Rest in peace Aunt Kathy. You were a woman to be admired.


Condolence from Diane Gerdes on September 24th, 2021 12:39 pm

Kathy was such a wonderful lady and I was lucky to have had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be treasured and remembered forever.

Condolence from Marylou Buss on September 24th, 2021 3:07 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Cannot imagine the pain you all are having. Some good memories over the years from wrestling tournaments and other times.

Condolence from Miah Grant on September 28th, 2021 12:53 am

Family of Kathy and Jeff Sr,

I had the true honor of caring for Kathy while in the ICU at St Francis. We spent countless hours together over her stay there before transferring out, bonding over our love of dogs and music. Even while feeling so terrible, I could tell that she was a special woman- kind and witty! I knew from the deep conversations that we had that she loved her family so much. She was a fighter!!! Thank you so much for entrusting me and my coworkers at St Francis with her care and for giving me the privilege of getting to know her in those final days. I am blessed to have had that time with her.

I pray for peace for you during this incredibly hard time.

Condolence from Erin from casino on September 28th, 2021 7:33 am

So very sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was an amazing lady! My heartfelt condolences. Erin

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