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Donna Rice

Monday, July 13, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11:00 am

Douglas A. fiery Funeral Home


Donna Rice, 86, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village.

Born Wednesday, October 11, 1933 in Olney, MD, she was the daughter of the late Harlan W. Rinehart and the late Grace Elizabeth (Morningstar) Rinehart.

She graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1951. She then received her Bachelor's degree from Towson State Teacher's College in 1955 and her Master's degree from Frostburg State University in 1960. Donna retired in 1985 after 25 years of teaching 3rd grade at Smithsburg Elementary School. She was an active member of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher, developed a tutoring program and served on the church council and several other committees. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Gamma, the National Educational Association, the Maryland Retired Teacher's Association, and Washington County Retired Teacher's Association. 

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Charles Edward Rice; daughters, Sharon Angela Rice of Swanton, MD, and Sandy R. Jones of Stafford, VA; brother, Richard D. Rinehart of Hagerstown, MD; sister, Linda L. Spunich of Charles Town, WV; three grandchildren, Andrew R. Nesler, Jennifer N. Jones, and Daniel A. Jones; and three great-granddaughters, Carolyn N. Mercer, Alexa S. Nesler, and Alyssa M. Salters.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 13, 2020, at 11:00 am, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Terry W. Culler officiating.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the service.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church, 21513 Leitersburg Smithsburg Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

I taught first grade at Smithsburg Elem. from 1973 til 1982. I am thankful that I knew Donna! I admired her. She was a Blessing to many!

Connie Giles
Concord, North Carolina

Our sympathy is extended to each of you. Mrs. Rice was one of our son's favorite teachers at Smithsburg Elementary School. We still have a Christmas ornament that she gave to him. It hangs on "our kids' tree" each year. Mrs. Rice definitely made a difference in the life of our son!!! We pray that God provides peace and comfort now and in the future. Love, Joe and Rose Ulrich and family

Rose Ulrich
Smithsburg, Maryland

Dear Charlie "Snake" and family, My condolences to you and your family. May the Lord give you strength during this most difficult time. Donna was such a sweet lady in spite of being married to you all these years. With sympathy, Mitzi

Mitzi Smith
Woodsboro, MD

Dear Snake, Sharon, Sandy and the rest of the Rice family, We were so sorry to hear about Donna. We will always remember fun times with her at the river and at my Mom's card parties. She will be missed. We wish you strength during this difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you. Mich, Louis, and Nickie

Michelle Gwinn Giglio
Columbia, MD

Mr Charles Rice, With deepest sympathy for you and your family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Hedy and Charlie Gesford

Hedy and Charles Gesford
Hagerstown, MD

Our prayers to your family. Donna is finally at peace. Jim and I are very sorry for your loss.

dawn centofonti
Smithsburg, MD

Dear Snake and family, We knew that Donna had been having health issues, but didn't realize how serious they were. She accomplished so much during her lifetime. It was always a pleasure to talk with her. We are thinking of you and your family and the sense of loss and grief you are feeling. With heartfelt sympathy, Harold and Loberta Staley

Harold and Loberta Staley
Thurmont, MD

Donna was a super sweet and caring person. I know that my Mom, Barbara Gwinn, enjoyed many hours of fun conversations and good times with her. They can be together again talking and laughing! So sorry for your loss. Hold your memories close and she will always be with you. Cherish the wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother she was. Her constant smile will be missed by all that were lucky to know her!

Cheryl Smith
Frederick, MD

To the family of Donna Rice, Systems and Technology Research sends our condolences on your loss. May your memories give you strength. Sincerely, Systems and Technology Research

Systems and Technology Research
Arlington, Virginia

Charles, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Donna was a very special lady and how lucky you were to have her as your wife! We will never forget her glowing smile and sparkling eyes. We are blessed to have our lives touch in this journey of life. God bless you and your family. Terry and Arlene

Terry and Arlene Mose
Hagerstown , MD

I am very sorry to her about Donna and your Mom. My heart goes out to you Eddie and you girls Sharon and Sandy and families. I would enjoy being there but All going on don’t think would be a good idea. God Bless! Aunt Teeny

Aunt Teeny Phillips
Frederick, Md

All of us here at FedEx Ground have you in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Todd Nealley
Hagerstown, MD

Charles Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Jim and Yvonne wilson

James Wilson
hagerstown, Maryland

Thanks for making our Maryland vacations fun I loved the lake house visits lots of love and prayers coming to your sweet family miss you

Tammy Rooney
Tyler, Texas

My sincere condolences to her family. She was one of my favorite teachers.

Judith Miles Kretsinger
Smithsburg, Md

My thoughts are with the family as I share in your profound sadness. We will all remember Donna as a special person and her gift of endless love for the people close to her. Wishing everyone strength and peace during this especially difficult time.

Garry Ditzler
Stafford, VA

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