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Alice P. Lemons

Our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Alice Pettis Lemons ('Suzie') passed away peacefully February 13, 2014.

Alice was born on March 30, 1928 in Winnemucca, Nevada to William and LaVerne Pettis. She was a second generation Nevadan, and was very proud of her Nevada heritage. Alice and her sister Ethel Kaul, were best friends and took many trips abroad together. She and her cousin Nora Chipman, whom she called ,"Cuz", enjoyed sharing memories of her large extended family exploring, hiking, and playing in her beloved Nevada. Alice had many other cousins and it was always fun when they got together to hear their stories.

Alice moved to Reno in 1930, and attended Southside Elementary School, Billinghurst Junior High, and Reno High School as well as a year at UNR. She graduated with a degree in Education from her father's alma mater, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), in Oxford, Mississippi.

While at Ole Miss Alice joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority and remained active in Pi Phi for years.

Alice was a teacher in Washoe County School District for over twenty years, ending her teaching career at Smithridge Elementary School. She truly loved all of her students and continued teaching after retirement as a volunteer, teaching literacy to young students.

Alice adored her seven grandchildren and showered them with attention, love, patience—and-- her love of education.

She took years of dance and performed in and around Reno. She was a longstanding member of the Oddfellows and Rebekah's Lodge in Reno, and a member of the Nevada Sagebrush chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution ( DAR) for 64 years. She also was active in the Nevada Historical Society and the retired teachers association.


In high school Alice worked as a "soda jerk" in her fathers' drug store in the Riverside Hotel. Later in life, she enjoyed walking past the Riverside hotel and reminiscing about Reno and her experiences in the 1940's.

She visited Europe right after WWII with a group from UNR. The group became close friends and had reunions every year where they would delight listeners with stories of their trip --especially interesting as it was right after the war.

Alice, always an adventurous soul, talked her way into a USO dance when she was under the official age for admittance. It was at this dance where she met and later married her husband, Ted.

Alice is survived by her three children, Linda Valle, Tamra Brown (Ray), Craig Lemons ( Suzan) and her seven dearly beloved grandchildren: Alysha, Natalie, Ray, Esteban, Austin, Cole and Graham.

Alice was a kind, always happy and gentle person and those who knew her will know that her favorite saying was. " Life Is Good"!

Mom we love you: Rest in Peace and Thank You for taking such good care of all of us.

Services will be held Thursday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at Walton Funeral Home, 875 W. Second St, Reno. A gathering will be held after the interment at the home of Linda Lemons Valle, 6196 Carriage House Way.

In lieu of flowers, the Alice P. Lemons Education Scholarship is being established in her name. Contributions may be sent C/O Jeff Tomac, Reno High School, 395 Booth St. Reno, NV 89509.

The family would like to thank Erlinda Wilday, Jo,Val, and Bles of Charlin Home for their kind care of Alice in her last years. Their exceptional compassion cannot be expressed adequately. Additionally, they would like to thank the 'strong women' in her life, that encouraged, cared, and looked out for her during her later years.


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2014
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