Jean Ann Rice

  • Born: March 11, 1956
  • Died: February 23, 2022
  • Location: Bellevue, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jean Ann Rice, age 65 of Bellevue, Michigan died peacefully on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jean bravely battled cancer for many years and was able to enjoy an additional 15 years.

Jean was born March 11, 1956 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Albert Rolland and Victoria Louise (Berry) Colvin. She was a 1974 graduate of Lakeview High School, earned an Associate Degree from Kellogg Community College and her Bachelor's Degree from Sienna Heights University. Jean was employed for many years at Auto Value. She retired from Kellogg Community College, where she was employed in 1987.

Jean Ann Colvin was united in marriage to Phillip Jay Rice on June 30, 1991 at Day Bible Church. Surviving are her husband, Phillip J. Rice; sister, Jan (Steve) Coffman of Battle Creek; brother, Ron (Lynda) Colvin of Kalamazoo; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and their families. Jean was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jon Robert Colvin.

Jean loved spending time at her home in Bellevue. She enjoyed photography, gardening and the wildlife around her home. She also enjoyed traveling, her cat Fred Butters, anything creative and dinner with "The Girls". Jean will be remembered as a loving wife, sister and friend to all she knew.

A gathering to celebrate Jean's life will be held at Phil and Jean's home beginning 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center, 200 N. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to Jean's family!

Posted by Brenda Tessin-Jones - Battle Creek, MI - Classmate   February 25, 2022

So many wonderful memories of Jean. She will be dearly missed ........

Posted by Mark & Marymarie Rice    December 15, 2021

Dear Phil, Jan and Ron, may memories bring you comfort. Jean you will be missed. Cousin Sue

Posted by Susan Lyons - Norwell, MA - Family   December 12, 2021

We worked together at AutoValue and became friends. we had a lot of fun getting together with other friends and playing cards. I regret not staying in touch. JeanJean as i called her was always smiling and laughing. Prayers to Phil and to her families, She is remembered fondly and is missed.

Posted by Jeff Barrett - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   December 10, 2021

With our deep sympathy and prayers for Jean's husband Phil, Jan, Ron, family and friends.
Jean was always a fun loving very nice person in her younger years when I knew her best. I grew up almost as another family member because Ron and I were friends from Kindergarten till now. Jean was always a pleasant loving bossy sister (like Jan) that always looked out for us younger boys (with wild ideas). Although she's leaving us now, there's no doubt we'll see her again in Heaven some day.
With our love and prayers,
Matthew & Francine Wermer

Posted by Matthew Wermer    December 03, 2021

Jean was a lovely woman. I enjoyed having her as a student. May she rest in peace.

Posted by zadie jackson - MIKalamazoo, MI   December 03, 2021

Jean was always kind, thoughtful, and caring. She will be missed.

Posted by Wendy Davis - Family   December 02, 2021