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Alice Edmunds 1972 ~ 2010 EDMUNDS, Alice, age 38, died unexpectedly in her sleep at her home in Grand Blanc on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. She is survived by her husband Michael; twin daughters Amy and Anna (8), son Jack (4), and daughter Christine (3); parents Duane and Margaret Parke (UT); and all 7 siblings--John and Megan Parke (NH), Morgan and Kathie Parke (OH), Mathew and Gigi Parke (Russia), Jean and Marco Flores (CA); Rachel and Ajit Rajbhandari (ID), Laura Parke (UT), and Heather and Emerson Zamora (UT). Best known as "Ali" (but to her brother Mat as "Al"), she was born in Rigby, Idaho, on February 16, 1972. She moved to Utah with her family as a teenager, and graduated from American Fork High School. She met Michael while they were both in college at Brigham Young University. They were married on August 7, 1993 in Utah, but immediately moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan so Michael could attend law school. As a result, she sacrificed her dream of becoming a pharmacist, but earned a B.A. in bio-chemistry while working full time. She and Michael moved to the Flint area in 1996, where she worked as a chemist for many years, both for the City of Flint and for NSF International. She continued to do so even after her twins were born, before finally sacrificing her own dreams, once again, for her family, to stay home and raise her four children. She had just returned to work at NSF, and was excited about doing so, two days before her untimely death. Ali was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (known better as the "Mormons"), where she served in many capacities, including leadership positions. She was also active in her community, in the Toastmasters Club, a book club, the Cub Scouts and Brownies, at Indian Hill Elementary, in soccer, and others. She was an example to her friends and family. She was kind, patient, and selfless. Ali loved the sun, sunsets, going for a drive, flowers, art, Diet Coke, 4th of July parades, the smell of fireworks, listening to Christmas music, tomatoes, and laughing so hard she snorted. But most of all Ali loved her children: she loved Anna's dimples, she called Amy her "brown bear," she called Jack her "favorite boy," and she loved to tickle Christine. She loved to dress her daughters in beautiful clothes, and was meticulous about their hair. Their fondest memory is of her tucking them in every night, when she would read to them, sing to them, and then squeeze their hands and say "love ya." Visitation Tuesday, Dec 14, 5- 8:00 p.m., Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Rd. Second, brief visitation Wednedsy, Dec 15, 12:00-12:45 p.m., followed by funeral service, 1:00 p.m., LDS Church, 4285 McCandlish Rd, Grand Blanc, MI. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery. The cause of death is still unknown. Condolences may be shared with the family at Contributions may be made to the Alice Edmunds Memorial Fund at Citizens Bank.

Published in Deseret News on Dec. 14, 2010
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