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Alice Mary Kools Goudreau

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Alice Mary Kools Goudreau Obituary
Alice Mary Kools Goudreau May 10, 1919-Jan 13, 2013 Alice Kools was born May 10, 1919 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Mildred (Buckhout) Kools and Harry Kools. They moved to Plainwell, Michigan when she was a child and there she attended school and graduated from Plainwell High School in 1937. She attended Clearly College in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1942 she married the true love of her life, Al Goudreau, a handsome young Army 2nd Lieutenant. They left small towns behind and started a 56 year adventure that took them all over the world during their 28 years as an Army couple. They had 2 daughters, Joan Marie and Susan Alice who traveled with them to Ft. Benning, GA (several times), Washington, DC, Ankara, Turkey, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, Monterey, CA (while Al was in French Indo-China), on to East Lansing, MI for ROTC duty at Michigan State University, Tokyo, Japan, Ft. Sheridan, IL and finally to Pueblo, CO for more ROTC duty and eventually, retirement. Alice loved being an Army wife and participated in many activities and volunteered in many capacities including Red Cross Grey Lady, room mother and teaching English to Japanese Army officers and to children in a School for the blind while in Tokyo. Her skills as a hostess were legendary and she loved entertaining friends and family. She traveled all over Asia and loved every minute of it. Later in life, in Pueblo, Colorado, she enjoyed being a member of Assistance League, volunteering many hours in the annual Halloween Haunted House and at the Bargain Box thrift store. She was also a devoted PEO. She moved to Austin in 2007 and resided at The Summit at Northwest Hills. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Al, her brother Dick, sister Agnes and most of her cousins. She is survived by her daughter Joan Brown of Federal Way, Washington and daughter Sue and husband Jack Marshall of Austin. Five grandchildren survive her: Lisa Brown of Federal Way, Washington, Bret Brown and Bobbi of Peck, Idaho, Barry Brown and wife Tawnda of Lynden, Washington, John Marshall and wife Julie of Houston, Texas and Steve Marshall and wife Brenda of Cedar Park, Texas. She also doted on her 9 great grandchildren and they adored her. She will be missed and remembered by all who knew her as a kind, loving, strong woman, a superb wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. We love you mom! Donations may be made to the at 3429 Executive Center Drive #100 Austin, TX 78731 or any .


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 16, 2013
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