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Katherine "Katy" Rice

March 2, 1955 December 29, 2018
Katherine "Katy" Rice
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Obituary for Katherine "Katy" Rice

Katy Rice, age 63, of Ames, Iowa passed unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, December 29, 2018.
Katy was born in Brainerd, Minnesota on March 2, 1955. She was the daughter of William and Joyce (Benson) Rozeboom. She married her husband of over 39 years, Butch Rice, at Bethesda Lutheran Church on April 28, 1979. Katy and Butch raised two daughters, Erin and Nicolle.

Katy received a Liberal Arts degree from William Penn University. She held numerous positions over her 30+ year career, primarily at Iowa State University, including fundraising, outreach management, program coordination and administration. Her most recent position was an Executive Assistant at Basin Holdings. Katy had an incredible knack for program coordination, event planning and organization. She retired in March of 2018 to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Katy had enthusiastically served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Gilbert School Board, United Way, and Leadership Ames. She also served as President of the Professional & Scientific Council and was the recipient of the Cardinal Key Honor Society Award.

Her greatest joy was providing comfort, fun and a loving environment for her husband, two daughters and her six grandchildren.

A close second was her love and devotion to Iowa State University and her beloved Cyclones.

Katy will be forever remembered by so many who loved her, Husband Alan “Butch” of Ames; daughters Erin (Ben) Morrow of Ankeny and Nicolle (Eric) Sanders of Ankeny; brother Ken (Deb) Rozeboom of Bangor, ME; sisters: Anita (Rich) Vogelzang of Iowa City and Juliana Wernimont of Burnsville, MN; six grandchildren, Jaya, Mila, Kora and Iver Morrow, and Elin and Royce Sanders; sixteen nieces and nephews, many grandnieces and nephews, and many friends and colleagues. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Ted Rozeboom and Dirk Rozeboom.

Please join Butch and his family in celebrating Katy’s life at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave, Ames, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for Katy’s family at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Katy’s name to:
Gilbert Education Foundation:
District Office
103 Mathews Drive
Gilbert, IA 50105

Ruby’s Rainbow: Scholarships for Adults with Down Syndrome
PO Box 153095
Austin, TX 78715
Donations can be submitted with the email address

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4:00 PM 1/3/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/3/2019 7:00:00 PM
Bethesda Lutheran Church (Ames)

1517 Northwestern Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

Bethesda Lutheran Church (Ames)
1517 Northwestern Avenue Ames 50010 IA
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Bethesda Lutheran Church (Ames)

1517 Northwestern Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

Bethesda Lutheran Church (Ames)
1517 Northwestern Avenue Ames 50010 IA
United States

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