Ellen Loomis Burton Rice, 87, of Hixson, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. She received a degree in education from the University of Virginia, was active in local, state and national politics and was a world traveler. Ellen was of the Episcopalian faith. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Pauline Burton; husband, Luther F. Rice; and granddaughter, Jennifer Scott. Survivors are her daughter, Ann Ehmling, of Hixson; grandson, Walter W. (Michele) Ehmling, of Knoxville; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 2-5 p.. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Lane Funeral Home. Graveside services with family will be in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416. Visit www.lanefh.com to share condolences. Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.