ALICE ANN THIRIOT WAITE
1935 - 2020
BORN
1935
DIED
2020
ALICE ANN THIRIOT WAITE Alice Ann Thiriot Waite passed away at the age of 85 on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alice was born September 27, 1935, to Joseph E. Thiriot and Ellen Miller Thiriot in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Thiriot family lived in Panaca, Nevada at the time and moved to Las Vegas in 1940. Alice lived in Las Vegas for most of her life, graduating from Las Vegas High School in 1953. She was the class valedictorian and participated in numerous theater productions, student government, music, and the Rhythmettes. She loved her LVHS classmates. Alice attended Brigham Young University where she met and in 1954 married her first husband, Harold V. Ballard (deceased 2015). Alice and Harry had five children together. Alice received her degree in elementary education from BYU, and she taught for the Clark County School District in the late 1950s and again in the 1970s. In 1978, Alice married Dr. Vern R. Waite (deceased 2016). Alice and Vern lived in Lake Oswego, Oregon for many years until finally returning to Las Vegas. Alice and Vern were married for more than 38 years and loved their life together. Later in life, Alice married Clark G. Hoffman (M.D., Col. US Army (ret.), deceased 2019) whom she had dated while in high school at LVHS. Alice and Clark had so much fun, and Alice was grateful for the short time they had together before he passed away. Alice loved her family, friends and life. She was a beautiful, elegant lady who cared for people and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. Alice was an active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for her entire life. She had a firm testimony that Jesus Christ is her Savior, and her faith was exemplified by service and sacrifice throughout her life. Alice was an exceptional teacher, pianist and organist, playing organ for church services for more than 50 years. Alice was a member of the Junior League service organization and served as its president in 1974-75. She loved dancing in high school as a member of the Las Vegas High School Rhythmettes, and she later performed with the Sun City Dance Company into her 80's. She also loved genealogy and was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Alice's sister, Jeannetta Thiriot Peterson, preceded her in death in September of this year. She is survived by her brother Jon M. (Judie) Thiriot, and by her children, Kerry (Linda) Ballard, Blake (Barbara) Ballard, Kris (Tracy) Ballard, Tara (Ray) Bolinger, and Brad (Julene) Ballard, and stepchildren Gary Waite, Susan (Clif) Conrad, and Steve (Sharon) Waite. She was exceptionally proud of her 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren on the Ballard family side and her 11 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren on the Waite family side. She will be buried at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery on December 10, 2020. A virtual memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PST. If you would like a link to attend, please contact Kris Ballard at [email protected] Suggested donations, if desired, to Joseph E. Thiriot Elementary School in Las Vegas, NV.


Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Nov. 26, 2020.
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Alice was one of three Past Presidents, of the Junior League of Las Vegas to sponsor me into to League, in September, of 1975. I am forever grateful to her as my time in JLLV has forever changed my life as a military wife, the training I received and the friends that I have made over these years. I am sorry that I did not know she was living back in Las Vegas. My best to her family.
Nancy GashoFromm
April 4, 2021
Alice came into my life 30 years ago and we became fast friends. She showed the pure love of Christ by emulating Him. May the Lord bless her dear family.
Pat Jones
December 18, 2020
Richard Rawson
December 8, 2020
henry rilling
Classmate
November 29, 2020
She was the glue that held both the LVHS Class of 1953 and their Rhythmettes together. Every event worked smoother if Alice was on the committee.
Hank Rilling
Classmate
November 29, 2020
henry rilling
Classmate
November 29, 2020
Alice was a good friend/classmate and will be missed. My condolences to her family.
Camille Ortiz
Classmate
November 29, 2020
I enjoy memory with my Cousin she is a hugger she is one of my favorite
cousin i miss her.Condolences to the Family
Douglas Thiriot
Family
November 28, 2020
The first time I saw Alice I was watching this High School person leading the singing for Sunday School through the glass separating the end of the chapel from the foyer. Someone said her name was Alice Thiriot and she was in the High School Rythemettes. (sp). I was in the 6th Ward living with the Hungtingtons. After her marriage we lived in the same Ward and I was home teacher to her family. Through the years I have watched her face challenges but not letting that interfere with her raising a marvelous group of children. We have all benefited by our association with her and her children.
Dewaine Brown
Friend
November 28, 2020
Alice Ann was the sweetest cousin. Jon and I are the same age so we were the younger group. I remember going to Aunt Ellen snd Uncle Joe’s home to watch home movies. Too fun to see there trips. We would have family dinners there. When I was about 8 Alice Ann let me try on her dance costumes from her younger recitals and would show me dance streps too fun. She was always interested in what I was doing. I will miss you Sweet Lady
Sandra Thiriot Stewar
Family
November 28, 2020
Alice Ann was always a favorite cousin. I admired all of her many talents. I remember when I was only 8 going to Uncle Joe and Aunt Ellen’s house and Alice Ann let me try on her dance costumes from when she was younger. It was so fun and she would show me some dance steps. Jon was my age. I appreciate so much how kind she was to Us” younger cousins. Miss you Sweet Lady
Sandra Thiriot Stewart
Family
November 28, 2020
I am sorry to hear about your mom. She was always so nice and had the most beautiful eyes. She was such a good friend to my mom and just a great lady! My love goes out to your family and thank you Blake for being there for mine:)
Toni Watts
Friend
November 28, 2020
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