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Rice, Eva Zahony

Eva Zahony Rice, 79, passed away Dec. 31, 2016, surrounded by her family and dogs. Graveside services were held Jan. 3, 2017, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Overland Park, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter, or Little Orchards Montessori of Stilwell, Kansas.


Eva is survived by her greatest achievement (her family), daughters, Andrea Ponte, Kathy McNamara and husband Eddie; grandson, Michael Ponte; granddaughter, Samantha Eva and husband Ryan Koom; great grandchildren, Harvey Miklos, Leo Peter; sisters, Karakas Kati, Toth Ani; brothers, Vali Domonkos, Menich Istvan and her dogs, Csaba and Pajti. Eva was preceded in death by her son, Derek Miklos Zahony, husband, Dr. Ivan Zahony and husband, Claude L. Rice, Esq.

Eva loved and valued her children, her family and friends, here and abroad, and of course her Kutyak (dogs). She will be remembered and revered as our brave mother, wife and grandmother, who with her husband Ivan, escaped Hungary in 1956 during the Russian Occupation and Hungary Revolution. She risked her life for her family then and for our future now. She worked hard every day, in any way she could. She was smart, sophisticated and undeniably beautiful.

Eva was a fearless world traveler and guide. She loved traveling to the farthest corners of the Earth and always back to Hungary (home) to create and share memories. She was a purveyor of knowledge and fine foods. Eva loved chestnut puree with fresh cream, liver pate, the signature Manhattan up with two cherries. We will never forget your bootsie noodly, cream spinach, plum cakes, chicken paprika and dobos torte. Eva also enjoyed music, supporting the arts and loved to dance.

Her roots are deep and our family tree strong. We love you.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

Arrangements by The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.