Alice Merle Brake
1929 - 2020
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Alice Merle Brake

Las Cruces - Alice Merle Brake passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020 in Las Cruces, N.M. at the age of 91.

Alice Merle, affectionately called Merle by family and friends, was born on January 20, 1929 to parents John Robert and Josie Lee (Addison) Mc Donald in Converse, Louisiana. She had two older siblings, Wilma (McDonald) Ziehl and Glen McDonald. They moved from Louisiana to New Mexico in the mid 1930's. She attended Las Cruces High School. During her lifetime, Alice Merle Lived in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Deming N.M. and Ft. Worth, TX.

She was a talented quilter, having been taught by her mother, and belonged to various quilting groups in Ft. Worth and Las Cruces. She will be remembered for the many heirloom quality quilts she produced throughout her lifetime and for her devotion to her family.

Most recently she attended Calvary Baptist Church and Fairacres Baptist Church in Las Cruces, N.M.

Alice is survived by sons Robert E. Duke and James E. Duff, stepchildren Sharron Skidmore, Paulette Wilmes, Gary Brake, Timothy Scott Brake, 19 grandchildren and many great- grandchildren.

Alice is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husbands Oscar E. Duke, James (Lucky) Duff, Arthur C. Brake, sons Timothy Lynn Duke and Donald Lee Duke, and grandson James Nolan Schmidt.

A private family service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Las Cruces, NM on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home in Las Cruces, NM. Please visit to sign the local online guest book.

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Published in Las Cruces Sun News from Dec. 31, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021.
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