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Margaret Rice (Norton)

Birthplace: Coosan, Athlone, West Meath, County West Meath, Ireland
Death: April 15, 1912 (39) (Titanic victim)
Place of Burial: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Norton and Mary Norton
Wife of William Rice
Mother of Albert Rice; Frederick Thomas Rice; George Hugh Rice; Arthur Rice; Eric Rice and 1 other
Sister of Nora Stetson

Managed by: Carina TT
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About Margaret Rice

Mrs William Rice (Margaret Norton) was born in Westmeath, Ireland 6 October 1872.

When she was 19 she married in Ireland to William Rice. Rice was to become a shipping clerk with the Grand Trunk Railway in Montréal. After the birth of their first child they moved to Montréal where George Hugh 1 was born on 30 November 1902. Their firstborn had choked to death on a dummy (pacifier) after they settled in Canada.

The family moved from Montréal in 1909 to Spokane, Washington, where William went to work for the Great Northern Railroad as a machinist. Their youngest son Eugene was born on 13 October 1909.

In 1910 William Rice was killed in a train accident; his widow collected a substantial insurance settlement and returned to County Athlone, Ireland with the boys. In 1912 she decided to move back to Spokane and the family (including her other sons Albert, Eric and Arthur) booked passage on the Titanic which they boarded at Queenstown (ticket number 382652 price: £29 2s 6d).

After the collision third class passenger Bertha Mulvihill saw Margaret Rice in the third class area holding Eugene with the rest of the children holding her skirt. The entire family perished.

Margaret's body was recovered (#12) by the MacKay Bennett. She was identified as Catholic by her rosary and as Margaret Rice by her box of pills prescribed on April 9th 1912. She was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is speculation that her son Eugene may have been the "Unknown Child" hitherto identified as Gösta Pålsson, buried in Halifax.

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Margaret Rice's Timeline

October 6, 1872
Coosan, Athlone, West Meath, County West Meath, Ireland
October 13, 1909
April 15, 1912
Age 39
Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada