Alice Anderson Obituary
 
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Alice Emily Anderson

February 25, 1921 - April 26, 2014
Obituary

Alice Emily Anderson, 93, passed peacefully on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at her home in Portland, Oregon with loving family at her side. Born on February 25, 1921 to Joseph Franklin and Pauline Ruth Theriault in St. Maries, Idaho, she was the youngest of four children. Alice attended elementary and high school in St. Maries where her father served several terms as mayor of the small town. Alice then attended the University of Idaho in Moscow where she pledged Pi Beta Phi. She attended a Vandal's basketball game to see Merlyn (Andy) Anderson play. A star of the team, he had been mentioned in an article by Abe Saperstein of the...
Alice Emily Anderson, 93, passed peacefully on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at her home in Portland, Oregon with loving family at her side. Born on February 25, 1921 to Joseph Franklin and Pauline Ruth Theriault in St. Maries, Idaho, she was the youngest of four children. Alice attended elementary and high school in St. Maries where her father served several terms as mayor of the small town. Alice then attended the University of Idaho in Moscow where she pledged Pi Beta Phi. She attended a Vandal's basketball game to see Merlyn (Andy) Anderson play. A star of the team, he had been mentioned in an article by Abe Saperstein of the Harlem Globetrotters....they soon met and it was a love to last a lifetime. While Andy was still in school, they secretly eloped New Years Day 1942 because Alice's job at the Courthouse did not allow women employees to be married. After Andy graduated, they moved to Portland where Andy worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Shortly after, Andy left to serve in World War II and Alice moved back to Idaho to have their first child, Susan. He returned three years later, after serving in the Navy in the South Pacific.They returned to Portland where Andy worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for 32 years and Alice was a life-long member of the Corps Wives Club. After retirement, Alice and Andy traveled the world with old friends and met many new ones! They had been married 63 years when Andy passed in 2005. Alice and Andy's home in Maywood Park was the center of the entire family. Alice never forgot a birthday and was so good at keeping the family connected. Holidays, birthdays, home coming celebrations and family gatherings were held almost weekly - it was a home filled with laughter and love. Her passions for bridge and her daily Oregonian crossword puzzles were well known but her passion for the life long friendships that were forged through her bridge clubs were golden. She treasured these women and set an example for all of us how special friendships are….friendships that last a life time. Alice was a wonderful daughter, a beloved wife, an incredible mother, a loving sister and aunt, a very loved grandmother and great-grandmother and a dear friend to all who knew her. She is survived by her sister, Julia Trummel, her children, Susan and Glenn Patch, John Anderson and his partner Diane Phelps, Joan and Steve Stockton and Amy and Joe Over, her nine grandchildren, Jan Duncan, David Anderson, Katy Devero, Matt Stockton, Mark Stockton, John Stockton, Andrew Over, Ellen Krause and Eric Over and her nine great-grandchildren, Holden, Ruby, Willa, Annika, Otto, Lily, Dylan, Leo and Greta....along with all of the wonderful spouses and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Andy, and her brother, John Theriault and sister, Helen Stover. We have all been blessed with treasured memories and a legacy of love, respect and happiness. In remembrance, please hug your loved ones, play a great game of bridge with dear friends, do the morning crossword puzzle, say a prayer, make a donation to Albertina Kerr or the charity of your choice….and call your Mom.

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