Miranda R. Rice (1831-1914) was born in Paris, Maine, and spent the majority of her life in Lynn, Massachusetts. She was a student of Mary Baker Eddy's, studying with her at no cost in March 1872. Rice was an active member of the Christian Scientist Association and the early Church until her resignation, along with eight other students, in October 1881. Later in life, she would speak with several biographers of Mary Baker Eddy, including Georgine Milmine, Sybil Wilbur, and Frederick Peabody. Her sister was Dorcas B. Rawson (c.1829-c.1891), who studied with Mary Baker Eddy in 1870.