Alice Wilson (1923 - 2013)

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Alice M. Wilson, 90, Kittitas, December 28. She was born May 24, 1923, Longbranch, Washington.
Growing up on the Key Peninsula, in Pierce County, she, along with her large family, enjoyed the idyllic country life. While working as a nanny during the depression years, she attended Lincoln high school in Tacoma. She commuted back and forth over the infamous "Galloping Gertie," the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, prior to its demise.
After graduating from Knapp Business College, Mrs. Wilson worked as a secretary at the Mount Rainier Ordnance Depot during World War II.
Her beloved Vern, husband of 66 years, came into her life when they were both teenagers. Not long after, World War II broke out and they maintained their relationship during the war years through frequent correspondence, finally getting married on January 26, 1946.
After getting married, they lived briefly in Bremerton, Buckley and Eatonville before settling in the Puyallup area and raising a family of four boys. During this time, they became ardent University of Washington Husky football fans, attending many games and hardly ever missing a broadcast for the remainder of their lives. After Mr. Wilson ended his long-term career in the wholesale grocery business in Tacoma, they retired to Kittitas in 1977. Already an avid gardener, she welcomed the new challenges brought on by the different climate. They found the eastern Washington sunshine as warm as the treasured friendships developed with their neighbors.
In Kittitas, they raised registered Hereford cattle and bred Belgian draft horses and were very active in the draft horse community. Her love for flowers was a visual treat every growing season. She delighted in keeping her yard in a condition that rivaled a golf course.
The retirement years were very fulfilling. Her love for reading led to volunteering for several years at the local library. In addition, with her husband, Vern, she attended numerous WWII reunions, CCC Alumni activities, keeping up with friends and relatives, and following the exploits of the Huskies, Seahawks and Mariners.
Extremely well read, she could converse intelligently on a wide variety of topics and had a true appreciation of higher learning, encouraging all of her sons to further their education.
A humble, rather shy person, Mrs. Wilson left a memorable impression on everyone she encountered. Not only was she an extremely accomplished homemaker, she was the glue, advocate, promoter and confidant and will be missed by everyone whose lives she touched.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by her sons, Dean and Todd (spouse, Kimberlee Wilson); grandsons, Rodney and Adam; great granddaughter, Kailee; daughter-in-law, Bonnie; brother Lawrence; sister, Linda Armour; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; parents, William and Olga Jopp; brothers, Donald, Marcus and Cedric Jopp; sister, Carol Jones; and sons, Gary and Reed.
Services will be held at 11:00 am, January 4th at the Steward-Williams Tribute Center, 301 East 3rd Avenue, Ellensburg, WA. Reception to follow.

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Published in Daily Record from Jan. 2 to Jan. 9, 2014
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