DELAWARE - Mother Earth has lost an angel and heaven has gained one. Alice Belle Rister, 87, of Delaware, Ohio peacefully entered the Kingdom Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
She was born in Commercial Point, Ohio, on June 11, 1927, the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Lansing) Clifford. On June 20, 1948, she married Paul E. Rister who preceded her in death in 2005.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Delaware. Alice was never much one for club memberships. She had a special aura that invited all persons to be in her club. Her bright blue eyes and never ending smile let everyone know, this is a special club and I'm in. Alice loved to travel with her husband. They extensively traveled North America by motorhome and enjoyed many crafts while on the road, which included making pine needle baskets, purses, ceramics, and knitting crochet. Alice was a very loving mother and grandmother, and a devoted farmer's wife. On the farm she managed 1,100 layers and sold eggs from the back porch.
She is survived by her five children, Ron (Brenda) Rister of Galena, Ohio, Dan (Anita) Rister of St. Louis, Missouri, Margee (Tom Barrett) Heintzelman of Delaware, Don (Dee) Rister of Radnor, Ohio, and Mark (Connie) Rister of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida; ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren; three half-brothers, Pat (Judy) Clifford of Holiday, Florida, Mike (Charlene) Clifford of Jacksonville, Ohio, and Dave Clifford of Hobart, Indiana; one half-sister, Judy (Bill) Mingus of Glouster, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Alice is preceded in death by two infant twin daughters; two brothers, Jim Clifford and Bill Clifford; one half-brother, Johnny Clifford; and one son-in-law Jeff Heintzelman.
Visitation will be held at Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware, OH on Friday, June 27, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Deb Patterson officiating.
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