Sarah Marie Rice, 99, active in clubs and in Republican Party work here for many years, died of complications from pneumonia Tuesday at Washington Adventist Hospital.
A resident of the Kenwood Park area of Bethesda since 1956, she had been staying at the Potomac Valley Nursing Home in Rockville since September.
Mrs. Rice was a member and officer of the Political Study Club, the Columbia Arts Club and the D.C. State Federation of Women's Clubs.
A charter member of the D.C. League of Republican Women, she belonged to the Rock Creek Women's Republican Club. She was a former secretary of the Kenwood Park Citizens Association.
Mrs. Rice was born in Milwaukee. She came to Washington as a young woman and worked as a secretary at the Interior Department. After attending the Washington College of Law, she became a trademark examiner in the U.S. Patent Office. She was active then in the women's suffrage movement.
In the early 1920s, Mrs. Rice left government service to become active in real estate development in Arlington County.
She married George S. Rice, chief mining engineer of the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1938, and they made their home south of Alexandria on the Potomac River until his death in 1950.
Mrs. Rice was head of the D.C. section of the Women's Auxiliary of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers.
She was a member of William S. Hunt Chapter No. 16 of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a nephew, John Raymond Benson, who had lived with her since 1959, and four step-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Flower Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Woman's Auxiliary, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers in New York City.