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Full NameWindland Smith Rice
First NameWindland
Middle NameSmith
Last NameRice
ProfessionAmerican photographer
Birth CityLittle Rock, Arkansas
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameAlden James Rice
Mother NameMason Frederick Rice
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseJeffrey Scott Rice
No Of Children2
SibilingsMolly Smith, Cannon Smith, Arthur Smith and Richard Smith
Date of Birth19,1970

Windland Smith Rice was an award-winning American nature and animal photographer.

Besides that, she was also famous as an elder sister to an American football coach, Arthur Smith. Arthur is the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Her accomplishments

Windland dedicated her life to photography after becoming an accomplished photographer completing commissions for Fujifilm, the National Geographic Society, and Nature's Best Photography Magazines.

She was honored with various awards for her work and has been exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum of natural history. 

Windland Smith Rice International Awards have been named after her to motivate the photographers. Her photography of Panda for Fujifilm has been used worldwide. 

She was married to a business executive

She was married to a business executive Jeffrey Scott Rice. However, the exact marriage date is not revealed. From their marriage, they had two adorable sons who are now in their teens. 

Their two sons Mason Frederick Rice and Alden James Rice, were born in 2003 and 2004. She was living a blissful married until her unexpected death in 2005.

What claimed her life?

Windland died in her sleep in Memphis, Tennessee, at her mother's home following the long Q.T. syndrome Type 2. 

It is a disorder of heart's electrical syndrome that results in an increased risk of an irregular heartbeat, resulting in fainting, drowning, or sudden death. 

She had her first symptom during hiking at the age of eighteen. She had seizure-like episodes on a hiking trip, which occurred periodically throughout each year. 

Her disease was misdiagnosed with a seizure disorder by three of the top medical institutions for many years, becoming fatal. 

The whole family was unaware of the long Q.T. syndrome until before her death. The silent killer claimed her life on 31st May 2005.

Windland Smith Rice's brother Arthur Smith
Windland Smith Rice's brother Arthur Smith. Source: YouTube 

Three of her nine siblings were diagnosed with the disease

After the death of Windland, the family became more aware of the disease and its nature. Three of her nine siblings were diagnosed positive with the disease after going through testing. 

Early diagnosis saved their life. Windland's life would have been saved like one of her sisters who received an implantable cardiac defibrillator after diagnosing the diseases. 

Windland is blessed with nine siblings, out of which five are sisters and three brothers, including Arthur Smith. Her sister Molly Smith, a theatre and artistic director dedicated the 2007 movie P.S I Love You in memory.

Windland Smith Rice's sister Theatre and artistic director Molly Smith
Windland Smith Rice's sister Theatre and artistic director Molly Smith. Source: Twitter 

The eldest daughter of the founder, chairman, and CEO of FedEx

She was the daughter of the founder, chairman, and CEO of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith. FedEx is a Tennessee-based leading global courier delivery service provider. 

In 1971 as Federal Express Corporation, the company grew up rapidly by the year 1983 with a revenue in billions. 

The company was later shortened to FedEx for marketing purposes. The FedEx's first plane in the year 1973 was named "Wendy" after her.

Windland Smith Rice's father Founder and CEO of FedEx Frederick W. Smith
Windland Smith Rice's father Founder and CEO of FedEx Frederick W. Smith. Source: YouTube

Net Worth

Since she is no more, we have her brother and father's net worth. Her father is a billionaire. Their net worth as of now is:

 Net WorthSource
Arthur Smith$1-$5 million Player, Coach
Frederick Smith$ 3.5 millionEntrepreneur


  1. She was born on 19th January 1970 in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States.

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