Jean Marie Horn Dice
Jean Dice passed away on Sept. 16, 2010. She was born to Leonard and Marie Horn on Sept. 4, 1930 in Oak Creek. She grew up on Catamount Creek near Burns and on the V11 Ranch in Wolcott. She graduated from Eagle High School in 1948 and briefly attended Central Business College in Denver. While growing up, Jean enjoyed riding and racing horses for her father. She married Donald Gates in 1950 who was killed in a ranch accident in 1966. She was married to Maynard Smith from 1968 to 1984.
Jean married Joseph Dice in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho in 1989 and continued to ranch in Silt. Throughout her whole life, Jean was the consummate ‘ranch wife’. Whether it was pulling calves during a February snowstorm or cooking dinner for a dozen hungry ranch hands, she was up to the task. She irrigated fields, fixed fence, baled hay, moved cattle, doctored calves and anything else that needed to be done in the course of life on a ranch. She was equally at home on a horse or a four-wheeler.
The ranching life with Joe and their ‘retirement’ with their cattle have provided Jean with great happiness. Her favorite pastime was going to the mountain with Joe, watching their cattle and enjoying the high country. She also enjoyed growing roses and relaxing on her front porch watching the world go by.
The most important part of Jean’s life has always been her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was extremely generous with her love and support. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and her pride for each and every one of them knew no bounds. Her positive attitude and quiet strength in dealing with life’s adversity was an inspiration to family and friends alike. Anyone who needed a friend in a time of need could count on Jean to offer an encouraging word and helping hand.
She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Jean was preceded in death by her brother, David Horn; first husband, Donald Gates; stepmother, Dorothy Tankersley; father, Leonard Horn; mother, Marie Tuyls Russell and sister, Josephine Monroe.
Jean is survived by her husband, Joe Dice; brothers, Robert (Sherry) Russell, Lonnie (Karen) Russell, sister, Berta Russell; daughter, Pamela Gates (Alvin) Langstaff; sons, Dean Gates and Brett (Wendy) Smith; Joe’s children, Debra (Jim) Dice Stewart and Fred Dice, along with numerous beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the Rifle Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 at 2p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Senior Nutrition Program, c/o Marie George, Rifle Senior Center, Rifle, (970-625-1877).
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