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Alice Viola Smith

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Smith, Alice Viola
82 of San Tan Valley, Arizona, passed peacefully away on June 5, 2016 from a long battle with Alzheimers. Alice was born in Stronghurst, Illinois in the bedroom of her parents' farmhouse. The youngest of six children, Alice loved the farm life and enjoyed helping her father and brothers out in the fields as well as taking care of her pet pig, Josephine. She met her husband, Gary, at Roseville High School, Roseville, Illinois. After their marriage in November 1954, they lived in Columbus, Ohio and Little Rock, Arkansas while Gary was in the Air Force. They finally settled after his discharge in Kirkwood, Illinois until 1963 when they moved to Mesa, Arizona where Alice worked as a nurses aid. Alice is survived by her loving husband, Gary L. Smith of San Tan Valley, a brother, Kenneth Waring of Danville, Iowa, daughters Teresa K Ravia of San Tan Valley, AZ, Carol D Thompson of Apache Junction, AZ, their son Steven L Smith of Camarillo, CA, grandchildren Alan Sickler, Jennifer (Sickler) Culver, Michael Thompson, Jason Thompson, Danielle (Smith) Gallarde and Lindsay Smith, great grandchildren Ethan Sickler, Edward Sickler, Brasen Morris, Miale Morris, and Alexis Morris. Alice was known for her hard work, her compassion to those in need, her love for her church and family. She was a member of the choir at Love of Christ. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking - all of which she passed down to her children. She will be missed dearly and fondly remembered forever. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 4-6 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, Mesa, Arizona. Funeral Services will be held at 10 am at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, Arizona with internment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the in her memory. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 8, 2016
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