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Esther K. Kinney Rice

February 7, 1935 - March 10, 2018

Esther Kuinilani Kinney Rice passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the age of 83 at her home in Medford, Oregon. She was born February 7, 1935 to Ernest K. Kinney and Esther K. Kaulili of Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii.

Esther served veterans for 28 years and retired as a career civil servant with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the Chief Fiscal Officer at the Roseburg VA Medical Center. She worked all over the country in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Alaska, and South Carolina and was passionate about veteran’s rights. She enjoyed producing traditional Hawaiian feather lei craft, quilting and crochet, was a voracious reader, and enjoyed fishing with her children.

She is survived by her daughter, Alvina Price; sons, James Price and Larry Price and his wife, Sue; daughter- in-law Theresa Price; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death in 2014 by her son, Jesse Price.

There will be no local memorial. Instead, Esther requested any flowers or donations in her memory be made to any veterans organization. There will be a traditional Hawaiian burial at sea in Kaaawa, Oahu, Hawaii August 15, 2018 at her family’s ancestral burial site on Oahu at Kualoa.