After a long, complicated relationship with her cancer, Klara Maria Rice passed away in her Olympia, Wash., home on the morning of March 26, 2013. Klara is survived by her husband, Timothy Rice of Olympia; her father, Herbert Okrongly of Davis; and relatives in Hungary and Ukraine.
She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and lived there for her first 11 years. She then lived mostly in California.
She had lived in Olympia for the past eight years, and touched many people at the city of Olympia, where she worked. She loved music — both making it and listening to it. She said her mother taught her to read music before she taught her to read words. She loved clothing — its color, its feel — and couldn’t properly dress until she had divined the “color of the day.”
She always threw herself into preparing food for friends and family. She enjoyed bicycling, and any opportunity to walk in nature or backpack into the mountains. She loved animals, especially her pet chickens, and generally gravitated toward any kind-hearted people.
An informal memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Priest Point Park in Olympia. Donations may be made to the “Klara Rice Memorial Fund” at the Timberland Bank in Olympia.