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Alma Asenath Alkire

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Alkire, Alma Asenath
Passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 97, on June 23, 2013. Born November 10, 1915 in Phoenix to Helen Laird Alkire and Josiah F. Alkire, both members of prominent Arizona pioneer families. Alma began her career in Southern California after college in Pomona. She later visited a friend in the Panama Canal Zone and stayed, working for the Navy until the 2nd World War broke out, at which time she returned to Phoenix. When John Rhodes was elected to Congress in 1952 he asked Alma to be his personal secretary in Washington D. C. She later became his Administrative Assistant and stayed in Washington for 23 years managing Congressman Rhodes' office. She retired in 1976. She was a member of the Junior League of Phoenix. She was a kind and loving person who never met a stranger and had a gift for making people comfortable. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 5,
at 2:00 PM at Westminster Village, Nuernberg Hall, 12000 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Arizona Humane Society and . Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on July 3, 2013
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