CALCUTTA — Charlene M. Rowley Rice of Calcutta will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Friday.
She was born July 10, 1920 to Cyrus and Mabel Benner Rowley, one of five siblings, and grew up in the Lisbon/Gavers area, graduating from Lisbon High School in 1938.
She married Walter E. Rice. They had two children, W. Allen Rice and Arlene J. Rice-Obertance, and lived on the Rice farm near Gavers for almost 40 years.
She holds a dual membership at Bethel United Presbyterian Church and the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church which she was active in their Ladies Society. She was active through the years in the Wayne Township and Beaver Local Homemakers Club, worked for Ohio Valley Tours as a secretary and tour guide and enjoyed traveling, cooking, making quilts, flower gardening, which she still actively does.
She is survived by her baby sister, Shirley Rowley Thompson, her daughter, a grandson, several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Rice will celebrate her birthday on Saturday at the Good Shepherd UMC, 49238 Calcutta-Smithferry Road, Calcutta, with an open house/picnic from 1-4 p.m. All are welcome.
At 5 p.m. Friday, a parade will be held in her honor with lineup at the Good Shepherd UMC. Again, all are welcome.
Birthday cards can be sent to her address: 49295 S. Meadowbrook Circle, Calcutta, OH 43920. Please no gifts, just a card with a memory.