Alice Maercklein

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Alice Senter Maercklein, a lifelong Denver resident who traveled the world gathering friends and sharing laughter along the way for the better part of a century, died peacefully in her home Feb. 22. She was 99.
Mrs. Maercklein was known and beloved for her irrepressible personality and spirit. She had a sparkle in her eye, a contagious laugh and joie de vivre that served to constantly draw new people into her presence -- from toddlers to teenagers to parents and grandparents. Her tremendous zest for life, people and conversation was rivaled only by her passion for practical jokes. House guests retiring to bed at night were often startled to discover lifelike dummies tucked into their beds.
She was a devout Christian, who was guided by her faith. For more than 30 years, she was a member of Denver First Church of the Nazarene. She experienced numerous tragedies in her life, but her faith grew only stronger. She gently shared that faith with friends and family in quiet conversation, and she relied on it as she mentored countless numbers of young people experiencing triumphs, tragedies and growing pains of their own.
Mrs. Maercklein was born in Denver in 1918, the daughter of the late Laurena and Gano Senter. She graduated from South High School in Denver in 1937 and went on to model shoes for the Alexander Film Co. of Colorado Springs, which made film advertising shown during intermissions at drive-in movies.
Widowed at a young age, she went to work for the airlines as a flight attendant, first with Inland Air Lines and then Western Air Lines. It was during this time that she became smitten with travel.
She went on to become a travel agent leading FAM trips to all corners of the world. She led cruises to China and to the beaches of Bali. She brought home art from India and silk from Hong Kong. She captured hearts in Italy by telling jokes to the locals in her limited Italian. A baby elephant tried to follow her onto a bus in Africa.
And the friends she made on these trips she kept for life. Whether invited or unexpected, friends from near and far would drop by often to visit with Alice poolside at her home in Englewood, Colo., or on the lanai of her Kona, Hawaii, condo. She loved to spend time under the sun, and friends said she brought out the sunshine in others. The children of friends who came to swim in her pool would grow up and bring kids of their own, creating ever-renewing generations of friendship.
She loved to dance and was a patron of the arts. She was a past president of the Denver Opera Guild and a supporter of the Central City Opera, attending most of those performances seated in the front row. She even taught her precious poodle how to play the piano on command, though not particularly well.
She was a president of the American Medical Association Wives Auxiliary and a volunteer for the Assistance League of Denver.
She was a devoted mother who leaves her beloved daughter Laurena Mitzi Gatlin. She also leaves her grandson Gregor Dean Gatlin, his wife Erica and their children Emilee, Kaia and Elli. She is survived by her cherished nieces Linda Diane Evans Scheideman and Sherilyn Joyce Evans Dakan and their families, as well as great nieces and nephews Todd Schaefer, Tanya Schaefer Embree, Rob Evans, Tracey Lin Heath, Monica Dakan Bates, Glen Dakan and their families, along with many, many dear friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Wallace Wilson Maercklein; her sister, Laurena Tudy Evans; her nephew Gano Evans; her son-in-law Dana Gatlin, and a grandson Bradley Gatlin.
A memorial ceremony to remember and celebrate Alice Maercklein will be held Saturday March 24, at 4 p.m., Denver First Church of the Nazarene, Diehl Chapel, 3800 East Hampden Ave., Englewood, Colo. All friends and family are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Central City Opera, 400 South Colorado Blvd., Suite 530 Denver, Colo., 80246.

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Denver First Chr-the Nazarene
3800 E Hampden Ave
Englewood, CO 80113
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Mar. 7 to Apr. 6, 2018