Alice Eleanor Mize

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Alice Eleanor Mize, 82, a resident of Belgrade for most of her life, passed away July 15th. Alice was in residence at the Big Sky Senior Living Facility in Butte at the time of her passing. Alice battled fiercely for many years and the family is grateful that she is now at peace. Alice was born on Dec. 12, 1934, to Paul and Dorothy Clark of Superior. Alice graduated from Manhattan high school. She married Glen Mize of Belgrade on Dec. 13, 1953, and they raised three children in their Belgrade home.

When Alice was a teenage member of the Rebekah's she was awarded a trip to New York City for being a champion in a secretarial skills competition of short hand, dictation, typing etc. Her fascination with that City continued her entire life. Alice continued using shorthand through her life, a fact that could be very frustrating when she wanted to keep a secret from her children.

Alice was extremely proud of her involvement with Weight Watchers, a program that changed her life. After attending the program and reaching her goal weight she was hired as a meeting leader and worked her way up in the organization until she was in charge of setting up the new programs in the Montana and North Dakota region. Alice was recognized by the founder of Weight Watchers Jean Nidetch for her innovative ways of getting people to interact in the meetings. Alice's invention of her alter ego Sadie (a woman who made every excuse to sabotage herself in the program) allowed hundreds of people to laugh their way to success.

When Mrs. Nidetch left weight watchers Alice felt it was time for a change. This launched her into her second career and possibly her greatest love, working at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Alice was at her absolute finest when she was interacting with all of the patients and their families in her duties as a ward clerk for 25 years.

Having always been an excellent swimmer, Alice discovered her other athletic abilities late in life, at around 40 years of age she joined the BWAGS (Bozeman Women's Athletic Group) where she became an expert skier and a pretty good tennis player.

There are few people that watched more local sporting events than Alice, from the Belgrade Panthers to the Manhattan Tigers to the Montana State Bobcats her "WOO HOO" still echoes across the Gallatin Valley.

Alice had a very close relationship with her siblings and loved traveling, working the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle and all sorts of family gatherings with them.

Alice's favorite spot in the world was Wade Lake where she spent time camping with her special friends. Alice's final wish was to have her ashes spread there.

Alice is survived by Children: Delynn (Jerry) Johnson of Butte, Jim Mize of Belgrade, David (Rhonda) Mize of Three Forks, her Brother Glen Clark and Sister Judy Hester. Grandchildren: Janee (Ted) Ward, Andy (Melissa) Johnson and Kitrina (Brian) Wilkins. Five Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Donations can be made to Belgrade Community Church or a .

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 6th at 11 a.m. at the Belgrade Community Church 119 S. Broadway, Belgrade, MT with reception to follow.
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Belgrade Community Church
119 S Broadway
Belgrade, MT 59714
(406) 388-6791
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 24, 2016
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