Alice’s journey is complete. She’s now able to wrap her arms lovingly around Donnie, Ronnie & Jeanne, the three children she lost far too soon. Having received her wings, her three remaining children, Tom (Joy), Nancy (Brambi) and Larry (Janice) have been gifted an angel to watch over them.
She is at peace.
Alice lived her 92 years to the fullest!
She was the proud mother of six children. She wore her “Gold Star Mother” pin every day and displayed the plaque on her door for all to see. Alice cherished her 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Although miles may have kept them apart, she always thought of each of them on their birthdays. At 92, she was still able to recite all of their birthdays!
Moving from Lisbon, Ohio to Covina, California once her children were grown, proved to be an adventure and sometimes a misadventure in the company of her sister, Vivian. Whether a jaunt to Vegas or simply lounging around the pool, there was lots of love & laughter. A televised game between the Pirates and the Reds put their competitive spirits into high gear!
Still yearning for adventure, Alice packed her bags and moved to Missoula, Montana. During her first week, she was spotted sitting in a lawn chair in the middle of the pouring rain. She welcomed the showers she had grown accustomed to so long ago in Ohio. From rafting on the Blackfoot River to camping at Chief Looking Glass, Alice was always ready to meet the challenge. She would say, “Age is just a number”.
Fifteen years ago, Alice decided to finally settle down a bit. She found herself enjoying the friendship of many in the Missoula Manor retirement community. She became a skilled pinochle player who could “shoot the moon” to the surprise of everyone at the table! If you couldn’t find her on Sunday evening, you can bet she was playing bingo! But most of all, she enjoyed countless hours of reminiscing and storytelling with friends and family.
Alice’s family would like to thank the staff and residents at Missoula Manor who were so kind to her. Janese, you were her angel. Kathy & Crystal you are truly the “dream team”. She loved you both like family. We can’t possibly thank everyone who made Alice’s life so special, there are far too many!
I know that Alice would want to send out a big thank you to Rocky Bleier from the Pittsburgh Steelers who became a friend to her. I think that even he would agree that football season will never be the same having lost the Pittsburgh Steelers’ biggest fan!