Ms. Alice B. West, a long-time resident of Colorado Springs, CO passed away on June 24, 2013, due to complications from breast cancer. Alice was born on January 24, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Luther and Beatrice (Ryan) West. She spent her youth residing in Marquette, Michigan, where she later earned a Bachelor's Degree and teaching credentials from the University of Northern Michigan. Also to her credit, she was the winner of the 1948 Centennial Queen of Marquette pageant, and was given the ribbon-cutting honor at the ceremony which officially opened Michigan's Mackinac Island. Alice was married for 23 years to Lt. Colonel Marshall Eldred. As a military wife, she traveled extensively with her family throughout the US and Asia, and in her later years to South America. She had a successful thirty-five year teaching and counseling career. She was passionate about teaching math and science classes and counseling students toward success. After a brief retirement from teaching, she enjoyed a thirteen-year 2nd career with two local Target stores. She was a Loss Prevention Team Associate. Alice is survived by her children: Ally Rivas, Judith Chandler (spouse, Rick Larson), Stuart Eldred (spouse, Malgorzata Eldred); grandchildren: Devin and Landon Rivas, Megan and Whitney Chandler, Sophia Eldred; and four great-grandsons. Alice will be remembered for her passion for life, teaching, traveling, outdoor sports, and for her generosity and optimism. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on July 20, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St, CO Springs, CO 80903 at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions can be made to:
, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, First Presbyterian Church of CO Sprgs.
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Published in The Gazette on July 14, 2013