Our mother, Betty Ann (Hill) Rice, lived during the depression (Shirley Temple), World War II (Benny Goodman), the Fifties (Elvis), the Sixties (Beatles), Seventies (Grease), Eighties (Punk Rock), Nineties (Rap), and the turn of the century.
Reading and music were her passions. I don’t remember her without a book in her hand or humming a tune. She had a great sense of humor and a most admirable kindness and wisdom.
While residing in Anchorage, Alaska, she discovered Dana Stabenow and the “Kate Shugak” series. Dana immediately became her favorite author. After retiring to the coast of Oregon, Mom’s finances were limited. So, when new books (especially Dana’s) debuted, she waited outside on the sidewalk for the local library to open when they received new shipments. Opening and beginning to read a new book was such a pleasure for her.
She shared and passed on that love of reading to us, her two daughters. Readers from all walks of life are waiting to enjoy the works that you will create and share with them.
Jeannie Penney and Kay Rice
The sponsor of the Betty Cabin is Jeannie Penney.