Annie Rice-Johnson died in her sleep at the Brookside Inn nursing home after a long illness.
She was born October 2, 1952, in Kewanee, Illinois as the first child of Betty and Greg Rice. She grew up on the family farm in Toulon, Illinois until leaving for college at Colorado State University. Annie remained close to several school classmates through kindergarten and high school. She had a 35-year career in pharmaceutical sales and was known as “the pill peddler” which always brought a smile to her face.
After college, she found herself in the Rapid City area of South Dakota where she began her love of the Black Hills. There she was active in outdoor sports, music events, and travel. She made many long-term friends there and met her husband, Dave.
Annie and Dr. David Johnson were married July 4, 1999, in Rapid City but soon moved to Denver where they resided for 24 years. They built a new home on the Highlands Ranch Golf Course where they became close to many neighbors. Dave was once asked how he would describe Annie and he responded that she is a party looking for a place to happen.
Annie was known for her infectious smile, sense of humor, and as a die-hard road cyclist. Once she met Dave, they became world-wide travelers. Annie’s favorite country to visit was Switzerland. On their travels, Annie made friends with many people around the World.
Annie is survived by her husband Dave, her sister Lynne Fredericksen (Martin) and her brother Jamie Rice (Kelly), and six nieces and nephews. Her parents and brother Tom (Debbie) had passed away previously. She is also survived by her step-daughter Jessica Johnson.
Annie is to be cremated per her wishes and her ashes spread in the Black Hills of South Dakota. There will be a celebration of life ceremony on July 15, 2023, at 11AM MDT. There will be live video for friends and family to participate remotely. Services will be held at the Horan & McConaty chapel, 5303 County Line Road, Centennial, CO.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Dumb Friends League of Denver.