Alice Tewksbury passed away peacefully from complications associated with Parkinson's disease on January 19, 2013, in Lodi, California. Alice was 86 years old and was born in Sterling, Colorado. After spending her childhood in Sterling and then moving to Denver as a young woman, she met and married William (Bill) Tewksbury (1920-1986) and they began their life together. They moved their family from Colorado to Wyoming and then, to the delight of their children, to California. Alice and Bill settled in Santa Rosa where they raised two children, enjoyed making new friends, relaxed in wonderful weather, and learned some new California cooking skills...tacos were one of Alice's specialties. Besides being a homemaker and mom, Alice worked as a Municipal Court Secretary for the Sonoma County Court system from 1966 to 1984 when she retired. She also served as a member of the Sonoma County Grand Jury. Alice enjoyed socializing with the women in her philanthropic sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, playing cards with other couples in her poker group, The Jaw Breakers, and learning how to make wise financial decisions in her Pudge investment group. Alice and her late husband Bill were founding members of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Kenwood. Other interests included being a Cub Scout den mother, honing her art skills, and traveling. She also remained friends with the families on Geary Drive where she lived until she moved to Paulin Creek Senior Living in Santa Rosa and then to Lodi in 2010. Alice is survived by her daughter, Terrie Hedden (Ken Allen 1950-2010), and her son, Tim Tewksbury. Alice is also survived by her grandchildren Leslie Schelldorf (Jeff), Spencer Hedden, and Justen Hedden. Five great grand daughters will miss Alice, as well: Katie Hedden, Belinda Hedden, Margaret Hedden, Grace Schelldorf, and Emma Schelldorf. Thank you to Sister Sharon Mello and Father Bill Kraft from Saint Anne's Church in Lodi, who administered Holy Communion to Alice just a few days before her passing, to Arbor Skilled Nursing Facility, in Lodi, where everyone took such great care of Alice...including helping her put on lipstick the day before she passed away, and to All Faiths Cremation for their care and consideration. No formal services will be held for Alice but her family will celebrate her life and spread her ashes to join those of her husband, Bill. Your family hopes you rest peacefully......
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31, 2013