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Ruth Rice is originally from Texas. Her father worked for a small retail automotive company and was transferred about every two years so she spent her childhood moving from town to town in west Texas. In 1942, when she was a teenager, her family was living in Abilene, Texas which is where she met Howard Rice. She and Howard married in September, 1957. Howard joined the U.S. Army and Ruth led the life of an Army wife, including time in Anchorage, Alaska while Howard worked at the Site Summit Nike Missile Site (B Battery B/4/43) in Anchorage. After Alaska, they also lived in San Francisco, California when Howard was stationed at the Presidio. Ruth and Howard have two children. Howard retired out of the Army and they now live in Indiana.