Alice Harper Stokes
1915-2009
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Alice Harper Stokes passed away on March 19, 2009. She was 93. She was born October 25, 1915 in Red Cedar (now Durand), Pepin County, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Hugh Allen Harper and Florence Gertrude Burr and was the second of six children. Her family moved to Cornerstone Farm, Lancaster, Wisconsin when Alice was two years old, and she spent her growing up years there. Alice attended North School and South School and then graduated with honors from Lancaster High School in 1933.
Alice was graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. After working in the Secretary of the Faculty's Office at the University, Alice became secretary to Professor Aldo Leopold in the Department of Wildlife Management. Here she met Allen, who came to study under Aldo Leopold. Allen and Alice were married on June 23, 1945 in the First Congregational Church of Madison, Wisconsin.
Allen worked in Baltimore, Maryland on a Johns Hopkins University rat research project and then moved back to Madison. Allen Jr. was born on July 23, 1947. They moved to Pelee Island in Lake Erie for three years for Allen to work on a ring-necked pheasant study for his Ph.D. during which time their daughter Susan was born on January 9, 1949 in Leamington, Ontario.
After Allen received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Management at the University of Wisconsin in June of 1952, his family moved to Logan, Utah where Allen became Professor of Wildlife at Utah State Agricultural College and went on to teach for 24 years.
Alice later earned her Master of Science degree from the Department of Communicative Disorders, Utah State University. Alice taught deaf children in Logan schools. Her first job in the Logan schools was combined with teaching two days a week at the Utah School for the Deaf in Ogden. Alice along with other parents of deaf children and with the help of the University and Edith Bowen School started classes in Logan for deaf children so they could remain at home rather than traveling to distant schools.
Alice was a mother to Allen Jr. and Susan and also to two nieces Jules and Jane Harper. She was proud of their accomplishments. She liked camping, hiking, skiing, birding, and canoeing with Allen and her family. She enjoyed traveling with Allen and her family to Europe, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, the Caribbean, and the sabbatical year that they lived in Cambridge, England. She liked traveling with Allen when he was on the board of the National Audubon Society, going on field trips with Bridgerland Audubon Society, painting with the Watercolor Society, and playing violin with the Cache Chamber Orchestra for 22 years. In her early years in Logan, she was active in the Women's Faculty League, American Association of University Women, Forestry Wives, Cosmopolitan Club for international students, the American Field Service, and was a Cub Scouts den mother.
She appreciated time with Allen during the 17 summers he taught at the Teton Science School and later being asked to serve emeritus on the board. Alice felt honored when the Allen and Alice Stokes Nature Center in Logan Canyon was named after Allen and her. Alice was proud to receive the Women Over 65 Achievement Award in 1989 from the U.S.U. Women's Center.
Alice was baptized and grew up Methodist, then Congregational when she was living with her grandparents during her college years, and then became a Quaker with the Religious Society of Friends in Logan.
Alice was always proud of and glad of having grown up on a farm, a farm started by her great grandfather Hugh Alexander Moore in 1846 and added to by her father who loved farming and being in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Alice loved showing calves at the Grant County fairs, playing her violin in the high school orchestra, walking, riding horseback, or on cold days being taken in the sleigh with jingle bells the mile and a half to school, and 4-H work. She was especially appreciative of having a loving mother and father and good family life with brothers and sisters growing up.
Alice treasured 51 years of marriage to Allen until his death July 28, 1996 and knowing Allen's two wonderful parents and his four siblings. She felt she had a perfect life with a loving, special husband and family and so many caring friends.
She is survived by her son Allen W. (Brenda) Stokes, Jr. of Denver, Colorado and daughter Susan Stokes of Logan, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, her sister Jean (Bob) Nauman of Lake Oswego, Oregon and her brother William Harper of Lancaster, Wisconsin. Remembrance contributions may be made to the Allen and Alice Stokes Nature Center, P.O. Box 4204, Logan, UT 84323; Bridgerland Audubon Society, P.O. Box 3501, Logan, UT 84323-3501; Allen and Alice H. Stokes Scholarship Fund, Wildlife Department, Utah State University, 5200 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-5200; Allen and Alice Stokes Scholarship Fund, Women’s Center, Utah State University, 0185 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322; or Deaf Education, Bilingual/Bicultural, Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, 1000 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322. There will be a memorial service at the Sunburst Lounge at the Taggart Student Center, Utah State University, on Saturday, May 9, at 3 p.m. A reception will immediately follow at the College of Natural Resources, USU.

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Published in Logan Herald Journal from Mar. 20 to Mar. 31, 2009.
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April 7, 2009
It is hard to believe anyone could live life so large in 93 years and do as much as Aunt Alice did. There will always be Cornerstone Farm in many of our hearts because of the sense of community that transcended through Alice and all the Harpers beyond good and bad farming years, the Depression, war, family, children, and Life, that carries on in us. Aunt Alice offered greater depth and permanence for important memories through her avid letter writing, her teamwork in family history, her photography and developing her own film so artistically. Some Scrabble games in honor of Alice and Allen and some nature walks are in order. I appreciate that she gave so much of herself to family, readily sharing her interests and activities, her home sometimes overflowing with family and friends, cousins and exchange students, while also a place to just be or to heal life wounds. Her home could be a recital hall, or a space of quiet reflection or even a venue for a ping pong game. Alice and Allen conveyed that "home" meant to love and work the garden, care for community, wildlife, learning, artistry, discipline, music, faith, belief that we each can grow and find our path and contribute to a better world. Aunt Alice was the great facilitator of so much for so many, that I feel proud to celebrate her life. May rest in peace. She certainly earned it! My heartfelt condolences particularly to you, Allen and Susan, and each of your families as you grieve and recover from all you gave your mom of your untiring care the last couple of years. You both are a wonderful tribute to the character, humanity and adventure she and your dad shared.
Patricia, Richard & John Eisenberg
March 30, 2009
What an accomplished and lovely lady.
The Stokes gave us our first wedding gift. A large, round tray which we used for many years. They were special friends of my husbands parents, J. Whitney and Viginia Floyd.
Our sympathy to your family.
Karen and Darrel Floyd
Karen S Floyd
March 30, 2009
Allen and Susan -- I was sorry to read of your mother's death in the Herald Journal. You and your parents were always such good friends of the Civilles in Logan. The establishment of the Stokes Nature Center created a lasting memorial to them and is a living contribution to the Valley. I'll be forwarding this information to my sister, Janie, in Olympia, WA.
Mary Civille
March 30, 2009
Widlife Dept. wives at birthday lunch January 1996
Dear Susan & Allen,

It was very sad to learn of your Mother’s death and I wish to express my deepest sympathy. Alice was a dear friend to our entire family and I have the fondest memories of her and Allen . Alice and I played together in the Cache Community Orchestra under the baton of Max Dalby for many years. My late husband, Bill & I took a memorable tourof Mexico at Christmas time with Allen & Alice. We tried to absorb some of the Mayan culture along the way and Allen’s knowledge of the Spanish language was very helpful. He was adept at acting out whatever the instance called for so we got along famously. Alice & I were part of an unofficial lunch group of Wildlife Dept. wives that lunched together periodically, usually in honor of our birthdays. The others were Margaret Sigler, Marilyn Wagner and Ruth Neuhold. See attached photo taken in January, 1996. Alice contributed to Society in so many ways; It has been a great honor to be her friend. Many thanks to both of you for your loving care of your mother in these late trying years.

Much love, Ruth, Linda & Beth Helm
Ruth Helm
March 25, 2009
Aunt Alice was a big part of my younger life. I always looked forward to the Stoke family coming for a visit to Lancaster, Wis. where Alice grew up. She had a zest for life and lived life to the fullest. She touched many lives. If you asked her if the glass was half full or half empty, she would have said it looks more like 3/4 full! She had a very positive outlook on life. She will be missed by many people.
Nancy (Tucker) & Chick Bartlett
March 25, 2009
Harper Family Reunion July 5, 2008 Top Left to Right - Richard McCormish, Jeff Harper, Neal Harper, Bob Harper, Matthew Griswald, Lisa Bartels Harper, Tod Bartels, Jules Harper McCormish, Brenda Stokes, Allen Stokes, Marilyn Starr Harper, Wilma Walker, S
To Allen, Susan, Jules, Jane and to All, whose lives Alice may have touched, I send my deepest sympathies and prayers for your loss. Alice was an extraordinary Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Teacher, Inspiration, and Intellectual Human Being. I will miss her many stories of her adventures, her kind demeanor, and her delightful presence. One of my fondest memories of Alice's many visits to Cornerstone Farm at Lancaster, Wisconsin was her child-like delight, when she would find a Pink or White Lady's Slipper growing in the woods. Her love of nature and wildlife will always standout in my fondest memories. My wish is for all to be inspired to carry on her zest for life and love of Nature...I know I am! Alice would like that.
Jeff Harper, Cornerstone Farm, Lancaster, Wisconsin
Jeff Harper
March 24, 2009
Susan, Marie and Kyle, We want you to know we are thinking of you, and are glad we were able to spend a little time with your Mom & Grandmother. We hope you will feel love and peace at this time. Love Val & Ann Hoth
Val & Ann Hoth
March 24, 2009
I feel blessed to have Alice and her family in my life. She was a wonderful woman! My sympathy to Allen, Brenda and Susan and to all those whose lives she touched.
Lora Hedin (Harper)
March 23, 2009
Alice is such a wonderful soul, and my friend. I will think of her each visit to Logan, and each time I pray in Quaker Meeting. How lucky that I know her.
Christopher Viavant
March 22, 2009
My love to you, Allen and Susan, and family. May all the memories of life with Alice and Allen continue to inspire you...as they do me. Alice was a bright, forthright soul. Her physical vigor late into life must have been nutured by the hard work on the farm.
I will miss her too.
Cathy Webb (from Quaker Meeting)
Cathy Webb
March 21, 2009
My heart and prayers are with you at this time. Your mom was truely a wonderful teacher to me throughout my life. She had so much patience with the deaf children and I am proud to be one of them!! She was a role model for so many deaf children and she worked by my side for 15 yrs.! We share the same birthday and have the same letters in our names!! I have treasured many memories of her and some of the things that she has given me, I treasured! She has so much love for everyone and loves telling story after story or walk us through her wonderful garden that she and Allen have done. She will be missed by everyone and her memory will stay with me for the rest of my life!! I love you Mrs. Stokes!!!! :)
Celia (Weeks) Maybee
March 21, 2009
Susan,
We lived next door to you and we played together when you were home from school. Your mom was a true inspiration in my life and I have tried to follow her example of dedication to family and the world around us, tempered with patience, kindness and intelligence. She was truly a wonderful woman.
Kathy Olson
March 20, 2009
I lived on Maple Drive and knew your family during the 1960's. I used to babysit Julie and Jane while in my teens. I can't remember the name of the big old red dog but he is vivid in my memories of your family. I am saddened to hear of your loss. My father John Crockett passed away in 2000 and it never is the same. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Marsha Seamons
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