Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2003


April 30, 2003


Funeral services for Dr. William C. Rice, 91, Chillicothe, Mo., formerly of Baldwin City, were Sunday at First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Dr. Rice died April 24, 2003, at Chillicothe, Mo.

He was born Sept. 12, 1911, at Mountain Home, Ark., the son of William C., Sr. and Mary Rebecca (Holt) Rice. He graduated from Warrensburg High School, Warrensburg, Mo., in 1929. He attended Warrensburg State Teachers College where he earned his Bachelors of Science in 1932. He attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., where he earned his Masters in Music Education in 1939. In 1953, he graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, with a PHD in Music.

Dr. Rice taught at Middletown, Mo., from 1932-1934 and at Nevada, Mo., from 1934-1937. He taught music at St. Joseph, Mo., from 1937-1939. In 1939, Dr. Rice came to Baker University, Baldwin City, where he served as Chairman of the Music Dept. He retired in 1978 after 38 years at Baker University.

Dr. Rice published several books including: "Music and Worshiping in the Church," with Dr. Austin C. Lovelace in 1960, revised in 1976; "Basic Principles of Singing,"1961; "A Concise History of Church Music," 1964; "Vocal Techniques for Children and Youth," with Madeline Ingram, 1962; and he was consultant on the hymnal committee for the 1964 revision of the Methodist Hymnal. He published numerous articles in magazines. He was involved with the Baker Concert Choir and several church choirs. He supervised the design and installation of the Reuter Concert/Church Organ in Baldwin City First United Methodist Church. He supervised the design and construction of Baker University's Fine Arts Building. He helped organize the National Fellowship of Methodist Musicians, now known as the National Organization for Music and Other Arts, of which he was president for three years. He was given the Central Missouri State University's Honorary Music Alumnus Award and was elected to the Northwestern University's Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Fraternity. In 1978, he received the Baker University Outstanding Educator Award and was awarded an Honorary Alumnus in 1989. He was active in the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, the Masonic Lodge, Baldwin City, and the Baldwin City Rotary Club.

He married Veta Nadine Douthit in 1933 at Warrenburg, Mo. She died in 1980. He married Melba Ruth Chancelor Houchin in 1981 at Baldwin City. She died in 2002.

Dr. Rice served with the American Red Cross in WWII as an International Representative for two prisoner of war camps located in Herne, Texas, and Huntsville, Texas.

Survivors include his children and step-children, Richard Rice, Pittsburg; Janet Reed, Chillicothe, Mo.; Anthony Houchin, Waverly; Daniel Houchin, Lawrence; Phyllis Houchin, Zepher Hills, Fla.; Patsy McConn, Graff, Mo.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, one brother, Michael Rice, and two sisters, Ella Whitaker and Barbara Rice, one son-in-law, William Reed, and one grandson, Brian.

Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Sylvia L. Elston, 67, Osawatomie, were Friday at Colonial Funeral Home, Universal City, Texas. Mrs. Elston died April 20, 2003, at Life Care Center of Osawatomie.

She was born Jan. 11, 1936, at San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Emmitt and Hattie (Hausman) Williams. She was a bookkeeper.

She married Ronald O. Elston. He died Dec. 27, 1999.

Survivors include a son, Ralph Gibson and his wife, Debbie; one daughter, Darlene Newman, and her husband, John, Baldwin City; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.


Funeral services for Lisa Ann (Baustian) Smart, 37, Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Annunciation Catholic Church, Baldwin City. Mrs. Smart died April 26, 2003 at her home.

She was born July 25, 1965, in Luvern, Minn., the daughter of Walter Jr. and Jean (Siemonsma) Baustian. She attended schools in Luvern. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing in 1987.

She married James Smart in August of 1987 at Luvern, Minn. They moved to Lincoln, Neb., where she worked at the St. Elizabeth Hospital as an Orthopedic/Surgical Nurse from 1987 to 1991. They moved to Weslaco, Texas, where she worked at the Knapp Medical Center from 1991 to 2001. They moved to Baldwin City in 2001.

Survivors include her husband of the home; four children, Annie, Benjamin, Nathan and Emily Smart, all of the home; her parents; two brothers, Michael Baustian and his wife, Cindy, Jasper, Minn., and Pat Baustian and his wife, Katie, Luvern, Minn; four sisters, Lori Edmonson and her husband, Rick, Harrison, Mont., Diane Kunkel and her husband, Andy, Wenatchee, Wash., Christie Denevan and her husband, Tom, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Kimberly Mohr and her husband, Mike, Mitchell, S.D., and many nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at Vinland Cemetery, Vinland. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Lamb-Roberts. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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