Irene (Butts) Rice

Died: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
Location: J.M. Jobes Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Feb. 25, 2020
Location: Trinity Anglican Church

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Irene Rice
  Sydney Mines  

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mother Irene Rice (nee Butts) at the age of 90. She passed at home in her sleep as family kept vigil during the evening on Thursday, 20 February, 2020. Ma was born in Florence, NS on 12 August 1929 to the late James and Mary Ester Butts (nee Gear) and was the loving wife of the late Albert Vincent Rice for over 71 years.
Irene and Albert built a strong and independent family that she was extremely proud of and gathered many wonderful friends throughout Cape Breton and everywhere they travelled. She possessed an adventurous spirit and would take on any challenge with a sense of pride and purpose. Ma was a hardworking Mother and the glue that held a very large family close together for over seventy years. The true joy in Ma’s heart was her nine children and a large contingent of grandchildren, and great grandchildren spread out across Canada. Ma loved to swim and to her it wasn’t swimming unless she couldn’t see land or touch bottom. She enjoyed years of camping and Sunday family gatherings outdoors. Nothing gave Ma more pleasure than having her family seated around the table for a dinner, the laughter and chatter was music to her ears.
She was remarkable in her compassion and thoughtful generosity towards others, always having room in her heart and a picture on her fridge of a child she was sponsoring in far off lands. Ma enjoyed her weekly gathering with her friends as a member of TOPS and the group that continued on, as well as the Anglican Woman’s Committee that she enjoyed so much.
Irene is survived by her nine children, Albert (Vonda), James (Bud)(Sandra), Walter (Colleen), Lily (Rick Tomanek), Dianne MacPherson, Ester (Steve Woods), Gale (Roy Williams), Rubyann (Denis Filion) and Darlene (Steve Haggett). She is also survived by sisters Ada (Rocky) Manzuk and Ester Tremblett.
Along with her parents and husband, Ma was also predeceased by brothers James and Ernie, sisters Lily, Violet, Doraella, Janie, Ruby, Alice, Gertie and Doris.
Irene (Ma) will be remembered with great love in the hearts of all who knew her.
Visitation for Irene Rice will take place Monday, February 24, 2020, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm in J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 11am at Trinity Anglican Church, Queen St, Sydney Mines, with Rev. Jackie Warren officiating.
A very sincere thank you to the wonderful caring people at Northside Home Care, VON, Palliative Care, Dr. Kholsmith and Dr Abboud. Also, a special thank you to Betty Smith who we consider a part of our family. She attended to our Ma with loving care and devotion.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit, Sydney Regional Hospital. Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at

When the first star glimmers in the darkening sky,
We remember a heart of love and a life gone by.
Our Ma.

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Peggy (Pero) Gaudet
   Posted Sat February 22, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your Ma! Moms are such special people and it's hard to ever get over losing them. I am thinking of all of you and sending prayers. She will be watching you from above with your Dad knowing how much you miss them both, but they are together again.

Ronnie & Rhonda Vickers
   Posted Sat February 22, 2020
So sorry to learn of Aunt Irene’s passing. Our sincerest condolences. May she rest in peace. 🕊

Beverly & Derek Fawcett
   Posted Sat February 22, 2020
Dear Gale, Roy and Family,

We were saddened to hear of the recent loss of Mom. We know that this is a difficult time for you and the feeling of loss and separation for each of you is great.
As you walk through this time of loss, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and in our heart. We are lifting you and your family up in prayer, and if there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know.

We pray for God’s love, comfort and peace to rain down on you during this difficult time. He is with you!

Love Bev & Derek

Barbara MacDonald
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
For the Rice Family...
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother. She truly had a heart of gold. I will remember your Mother with love for the special woman she was. Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

Barbara MacDonald & Family

Virginia (chook) lewis
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
sorry to hear of Irene passing .prayers are with the family at this time. She was a very nice lady i always enjoyed are talks to both her and Albert.they were great people

Michelle and Donald Marsh
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
So sorry for the families loss of Irene. She was a very nice lady. Condolences and prayers to you all .

Margie Kasmerik Little
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
My family and especially my self and my daughter Jena (Janine) feel your loss. We talked about the joy we had every time we were able to visit both Aunt Irene and Uncle Albert.
We also feel she is now with Albert where she was always the happiest along with you, all of their children

Melanie & Jim Kinney
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
Al and Family - We are thinking of you all. So very sorry for your loss.

Beverly Johnston Ilson
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
Dear Ester , Steve and entire family. Sending out heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your precious Mom. May God Bless you all as you reminisce and grieve your loss. With love, Beverly and Harley Olson

Juanita Street
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
My prayers and sympathies are with you during this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing your many friends are thinking of you


Isabel & Ken Phelan
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Dear Lily and family, so sorry for the loss of your wonderful Mother. I know she left you with great memories and your strong sense of family, I remember your parents well from their visits to the West , and know she will be greatly missed.Our condolences to you all.

Doris Power, son Darren and for my Mother Ada Manzuk
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
To the Rice Family: On behalf of my son and I, we wish to convey our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear Mother, my Aunt Irene, my son's Great Aunt. I have only the fondest memories of times spent with her in younger years and on infrequent visits home
to Cape Breton.
Aunt Irene and her sister Ada, my Mother had a very special bond as sisters and as she is not able now, I add my Mother's love and condolences to all of you as well.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you now. May God's peace surround you as you remember the long and wonderful life of your Mother. Love Doris

Wayne Hinks
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Dear Buddy and family. Tippi and I wish to express our most sincere condolences to you and your family..Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Shirley Price
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Walter and Family,the obituary truly describes you mother the way I remember her,a very kind and loving person who will be missed by all.Prayers and Hugs sincerely Shirley ,and the Drover Family❤️

Ciara and Brandon
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Lily, Rubyann and family,

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Sending our thoughts and prayers and thinking of your family during this difficult time.

Ciara and Brandon

pamela williams
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Gale, Roy and the Rice family, sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead. May you all find comfort knowing this is not goodbye but see you later.

Carolyn Cone
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Much love and healing prayers are being sent to each and everyone of you. I wish you comfort in the memories of your Ma and the remembrance of the love she gave and received every day.

Heather (Haggett) Grouchy
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Darlene, Lilly, Rubyanne and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of your mom passing. She was such a beautiful sweet caring lady. She had a big heart and she always invited me to come for a visit when I was home. She had a beautiful smile and such a wonderful sense of humor as did your dad. Take comfort in her being reunited with your dad in heaven. Keeping you in my prayers. Hugs to you all.

Agnes,Melvin(Dewey) Pearo ,daughters.Jenny,Joy&laila---Alder Point,C.B.
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Dear Family, So sorry to hear of your mom,s passing,,Thinking of you all at this sad time .Her& your dad will be watching over you from there heavenly home.,,God Bless You Dewey,Agnes & girls.,,Hugs to you all.x.o.

Carole and Tyler Towers
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Rubyann and her family for the loss of your beautiful mother. She will always live in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Carole and Ty ❤️

Chantal schmouth
   Posted Tue February 25, 2020
My deepest sympathies Bud Sandra & family

Neil & Brenda Pardy
   Posted Tue February 25, 2020
Bud,Sandra & Family
Our deepest sympathies to you and all your family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

shawna /willard mombourquette
   Posted Wed February 26, 2020
we were shocked to learn of grandmother Irenes passing. Although we were not close and had lost contact through the years she was thought of often.Walter and siblings will be in our thoughts and prayers.God Bless you all.

Donna and Fern Michel
   Posted Fri February 28, 2020
To Al, Bud, Walter, Lily,Diane,Ester, Gail,Darlene, RubyAnn and all their families,

Your mom was a wonderful Mother , wife and friend to you all and many .I have many special memories of Aunt Irene growing up and living next door to all my cousins. Remembering the fabulous baking , homemade bread and you name it. She was very proud of all her “kids” you and Uncle Albert were her whole life.
She will be greatly missed..we are thinking of you all.. god bless .. love Donna and Fern

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