Mrs William Rice (Margaret Norton) was born in Westmeath, Ireland 6 October
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
CLOTHING - Black velvet coat; jacket and skirt; blue cardigan;
black apron; black boots and stockings.
EFFECTS - Wedding ring; keeper, and another gold; locket
and photo; one jet one bead Necklace; gold brooch in bag; £3 in gold; £4 in Irish
notes; gold broach; plain gold wag earrings; charm round neck; B. V. M. ; false
teeth in upper jaw; £10 note; box pills.
PROBABLY THIRD CLASS
12 Female - Height, 5 ft. 5 in.; Weight, 140 lbs.
Age, about 40
Hair, black, turning grey
Marks, False Upper Teeth
Buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, N.S.
Shoes marked "Parsons Sons, Athlone"; medallion round neck marked "B.V.M."; wore
wedding ring, keeper and another gold ring; locket and photo; one jet and one
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.
1. Contrary to earlier indications, it is now thought that George was to only
one of the Rice children to be born in Montréal.
Documents Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public
Archives of Nova Scotia)
(#12) List of Bodies Unidentified and Disposition of Same (#12)
Ross Carter, UK
Alan Hustak, Canada
Noel Ray, Eire
Alan Ruffman, Canada
Garry Shutlak, Canada