Ann M. Rice, 93, of Branford, CT, quietly passed away on April 25, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. Born December 1, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Perry B. Rice and her infant son, William. She was the daughter of the late Francis V. and Frances (Lambrecht) McGinness and sister of the late Francis McGinness, Jr. She leaves four devoted daughters, Kathy Rice, of Boston, Ann F. Rice, of Branford, Francine Rice Flynn and her husband Robert, of Southborough, MA, and Barbara Hannan and her husband John, of Trumbull. She was the adored grandmother of Christopher and Elizabeth Locke, Casey and Julie Hannan, and Alexander Flynn.
Raised in Bay Ridge, New York, Ann attended Visitation Academy, Fontbonne Hall, and Notre Dame where she forged many friendships that lasted a lifetime, especially with Vera McGuinn and Midi Whelan. She had a tremendous regard for the nuns who educated her and held a deep love for and commitment to the rosary. She and her friends often spent weekends at Cimarron Ranch in upstate New York riding horses, and at age 18 Ann took a memorable cruise with her friend Vera to Haiti and Havana.
It was in Bay Ridge that she met her husband, Perry, and they married May 6, 1950. They built their home in Amityville, NY, where they raised their four daughters. In 1967, they relocated to Fairfield, CT. In addition to raising their daughters, Ann enjoyed many years working at both The Fairfield Store and Greens Farms Academy.
During their 64 years of marriage, Ann and Perry enjoyed traveling to warm locations, including Bermuda for their honeymoon, Jamaica for their 25th anniversary, Hawaii, Ireland, and Ogunquit, ME. They especially enjoyed a trip they took down the Mississippi on the Delta Queen. Ann's love for dogs was unwavering, bringing her much joy and companionship throughout her life, including her best buddy, Teddy.
After the girls were grown, Ann and Perry retired to Branford, CT where they began a new chapter in their lives, each day appreciating the beautiful view of the water and wildlife at Harbour Village. Ann was happiest when the family was together often for special occasions and when friends visited. For many years, she met weekly with friends to play canasta and Rummikub. She shared a special bond with her neighbor and confidante, Alexine Wallace. For more than 20 years, she found great joy in volunteering each week at The Homemaker Thrift Shop whose proceeds benefit the VNA.
Ann loved her grandchildren deeply, always supportive and encouraging of each of them. She had great faith in their abilities, be it in the arts, sports or academic pursuits. She was an avid reader and loved the challenge of a good crossword puzzle. She was a lover of music and a woman of deep faith. In the winter, Ann planned her schedule around her "other" girls, the talented players of the UCONN women's basketball team. Always referring to them as "her girls," she cheered them on with great affection and support like they were her own. In recent years, Ann's daughter Kathy became her frequent partner in crime and unexpected adventures, often taking long drives to new sights to fully enjoy each day, smile and laugh often.
Ann was someone people easily gravitated to with her natural charm. She touched many lives. Through life, Ann found support from several people with whom she also forged lasting friendships. She was supported in her faith by Helen DiVerniero of St. Mary Church, and her devoted companions Freda Sady, Christine Chorozny and Maria Sevivas. The family would like to thank those who are responsible for providing exceptional care and guidance enabling Ann to live a long and active life, including Dr. Belinda Chan, and her team Linda, Jenn, Donna, and Diane; and Jodi Heffernan, NP. The family extends appreciation to the caring Staff of Guilford VNA Hospice and Yale/St. Raphael's Verdi 3 East.
In lieu of flowers, to honor her pulmonologist, Dr. Mark Siegel, who provided her care and friendship over 20 years, a donation can be made to the Yale School of Medicine, Medical Resident Education Program, c/o Erin Shreve, Yale School of Medicine, PO Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519.
A celebration to honor her life will take place Sunday from 3-6 PM at W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Church, 731 Main St. Branford. Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Branford.
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