Funeral services for Shirley N. Rice, the wife of State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark), will be held at 10 AM on Monday, August 10 at Perry Funeral Home in Newark. A walkthrough will be on Sunday, August 9 from 4 PM to 7 PM at Perry’s.
Rice died on August 3. She was 76.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Rice was working as an administrator at the University of California-Berkeley when she met her future husband. She later served as an administrator at Essex County College.
In addition to her husband, an Essex County senator since 1986, she is survived by her two stepchildren, former Newark City Councilman Ronald C. Rice and Yuki T. Rice.