Alice Bixby
1932 - 2018
Klein Funeral Home - Tomball
1400 West Main
Tomball, TX
Alice J. Bixby
Alice J. Bixby, born February 11, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, died July 15, 2018. She grew up in Lemont, Illinois and moved to Spring, Texas in December, 1970 with her beloved husband Walter E. Bixby, who died in 1991 while he was employed on the staff of The Houston Chronicle.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ethel Coakley; her sister and brother-in-law Lori and Jack Carr; brother-in-law Gilbert Helbig; nephew Paul Stein, Jr; niece Sara Helbig; and step-sons Thomas and Darryl Bixby.
Alice is survived by her daughters, Jan (Kevin) Gough of Cypress, Cheryl Sansom of Pinehurst, and son-in-law Arthur Sansom of Tomball. Alice lived her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, as well as a loving aunt and friend.
She had several careers in her lifetime, joining her husband, Walt, on staff of her Illinois hometown newspaper, as Editor of The Spring Tribune, and as Managing Editor of The Woodlands Sun and 1960 Sun newspapers. She later had a career in banking at both Champions and Greenspoint Banks. The highlight of her working years came when she worked as an administrative aide for the late Harris County Commissioner Bob Eckels, retiring from Harris County while working for the County Engineer.
She loved and served her community in many ways. She was a member of Klein United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, member of the Chancel Choir, and past chairman of the Altar Guild. Alice was a member and past president of the Northwest Women's Club and a forty year member of the Northwest Forest Republican Women.
Along with her daughters and sons-in-law, Alice is survived by her step-daughters Marcia and Nancy Bixby of Minnesota; her sister Lillian Helbig of Genoa, Illinois; and her sister-in-law Marian Bixby West of Florida. She is also survived by her grandchildren Randy and Kim Sansom, Christina and Raymond Sanderson, Kevin Gough, Jr., Timothy and Lindsey Gough, Dale Sansom, and Lisa and Traci LaLaberti. Great-grandchildren include Austin, Delaney, Lauren, Kristol, Reagan, Caitlin, Caila, Jarrod, Colton, Atraills, Sheldon, Tristan, Greta, Lucette, Wyatt and Memphis, along with many beloved nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend her Celebration of Life service at Klein United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in her name to the Klein United Methodist Church Building Fund, 5920 FM 2920, Spring, Texas 77388.

Published by Houston Chronicle on Jul. 17, 2018.
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I am so sorry to learn of Alice's death. I heard about her passing from Jewell Smith just today. Alice and I had lunch several times the last few years. I knew she and Walter as she worked with my husband, Charles Wiggins, for Commissioner Eckels for many years. We would chat about those days, politics over the last few years, and about politics of today and our country. She was always such a delight to talk with. I know everyone will miss her mightily but she is with Walt now.
Jude Wiggins
August 11, 2018
I dearly loved Alice. I was a member of Klein UMC who became a pastor. She was so encouraging during that process. I still remember she gave me several suits because we were the same size. I still have the hot pink one. I visited Klein a couple years ago and prayed I would run into Alice. I did! I am so glad God gave me that opportunity to give her a hug. I did not know about the funeral in time to attend. I know you will miss her! Such a dear, faithful woman!

Rev. Susan Grittman
July 30, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time to comfort you and give you strength.
July 24, 2018
MS Bixby , I will truly miss you. Times shared visiting with you at Target Pharmacy as my customer were special times. Remembering your laughter and smile.

Rest In Peace my dear friend .
Mary Sotto
July 21, 2018
I met Alice when I joined NWWC in 1999. I thought a lot of her. I enjoyed her company and friendship. I missed her at the last church festival event and wished I had known she wasn't doing well. She always stayed a member of Northwest Women's Club even though she had stopped attending our events. I am sorry that I had to miss her service. My husband has been ill and I had to pick him up from dialysis after her service had started. My sympathy to her family.
Kay Dziuk
July 20, 2018
Dear Jan, Cheryl and family, I remember the first time I met Alice at Altar Guild. She was wearing a kelly green blouse, tan slacks and her pretty blond hair was pulled back and held with a gold clasp. She was elegant looking, as she always was, even though we were just polishing the brass at church. She introduced herself and told me her husband had very recently passed away, and that she was very happy to have her grandson, Randy, living with her at the time. I had no idea she would become such a close friend and such an important part of my life over the years. We enjoyed being together on trips with the Giggle Sisters, and I'm sure you have heard about the time at the Frio River when we stacked our inner tubes over Alice to hold them before with entered the water. We had to rescue her in a hurry when a large delivery truck came down the one lane road passing right where she was encased in the tubes! As the years passed, Alice helped me when my husband passed away. We chatted away many weekend evenings on the phone with each other. She encouraged me to keep moving on and enjoying life. She was an excellent role model in that respect! Alice had a beautiful spirit and zest for life. I will miss her as I know you will, but will remember the many lessons in life that she shared with me. Please accept my sincere condolences. Fondly, Jerrie White
Jerrie White
July 17, 2018
May God comfort the family as you go through this mournful period . Isaiah 61 : 2 .
July 17, 2018
Dear Jan and Cheryl and family. My heart is hurting for you as well as.....celebrating Aunt Alices life. I have always looked up to Aunt Alice with awe. She was always so kind and thoughtful. So positive and lived life with passion. Such a pioneer in her careers....a fabulous role model. I always loved getting her sweet cards in the mail.....and I will always remember her helping me with the frosting on my first communion cake. We thought the beautiful flowers were plastic and decided to wash them....only to find out that they were sugar as they disappeared down the drain. As I was about to cry...she turned it around and we laughed so hard. I loved that she came to NY to visit my family and she rocked my babies to sleep. Such a beautiful woman... so very blessed. Take good care and know that I will light my first candle for your mom, in my favorite cathedral here in Munich, on Wednesday. And I will always keep her beautiful smile in my heart. Lovingly, Pattie
Pattie Stejskal
July 17, 2018
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