Effie Rice, 86

Cosmetologist, hatmaker

January 26, 2007

Effie Rice, a retired cosmetologist and hatmaker, died of dementia Jan. 17 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 86.

Effie Farr was born and raised in Pacolet, S.C., and came to Baltimore in 1940.

After completing cosmetology training, Mrs. Rice worked in area beauty salons before retiring in 1990.

The longtime Dorchester Road resident enjoyed ceramics and was an accomplished dressmaker. She was seldom without the stylish millinery she made for herself.

"She was known as the hat lady," said a daughter, Eulastine R. Brown of Baltimore.

Her husband of 53 years, Nathaniel Rice Sr., who had been a crane operator for American Smelting and Refining Co., died in 1993.

Since 1969, Mrs. Rice had been a member and sang with the choir of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, where her funeral service was held Monday.

Also surviving are a son, Howard L. Rice of Baltimore: another daughter, Angela C. Cheatham of Baltimore; a sister, Bessie Riddick of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Another son, Nathaniel Rice Jr., died in 2000.

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