Her father was John R. "Jack" Barkley, who spent several years as editor of the Kokomo Tribune before starting his own printing business and later working for the United Way of Indiana.
Her mother was an English teacher before her family moved to Indiana from Savannah, Ga., where Rice was born. Her mother later worked for many years with the American Heart Association before retiring.
“They taught me to have confidence in myself and not be afraid to speak my mind,” Rice said. "They also taught me the value of hard work and to always make family a priority.”
Rice, who is divorced, has a stepdaughter, Amanda, 26, who works in the Miami County Clerk’s Office, and a son, Andrew, 16, a junior at Peru High School. She has a brother, Jack, 47, who lives in Indianapolis.
Outside the office, Rice attends the First Baptist Church in Peru and for leisure likes spending time in her kitchen.
“I love to cook and bake and started decorating cakes a few years ago,” she said.
Rice also loves to golf, “even though I’m terrible at it.”
But it’s being outdoors, which Rice enjoys, including spending a lot of time in the summer walking and running on the Nickel Plate Trail.
Ray Moscowitz of Bloomington is a retired newspaper executive and former publisher of the Peru Tribune. Contact him at email@example.com.