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GRAVES, Alice Rose 1925 - 2005


Posted By: Pat Ludeke (email)
Date: 1/1/2018 at 11:29:24

Alice Rose Graves, 79, 10431 275th St., Mason City, Iowa, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005 at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 24, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with Greg Nicholas officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Rockwell Cemetery, Rockwell, Iowa at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please give memorials to the Mason City Senior Citizens Center in memory of Alice Graves.

Alice was born Jan. 30, 1925 the daughter of Herbert and Ella (Frenz) Zirbel in Mason City. Alice attended Mason City and Plymouth schools and graduated from Plymouth High School. Alice worked as a nurse's aide at Mercy Medical Center, Armour, and was a loyal employee of Nicholas farms for 41 years, retiring at age 77 in 2002 and she continued to work on the farm which she loved.

Alice was a devoted mother and a friend to everyone and she always had a warm greeting and compassion for all. She was especially happy when her children and grandchildren visited. Her desires were simple, asking for nothing but instead always giving to others. Alice's fun time was at the local bingo parlors, where she visited and enjoyed her favorite game. She was also well known for her countless rugs and anything else she could crochet. She was known for her love and devotion to her family.

Alice is survived by eight children, Ron (Rosemary) Graves of Coventry, RI., Nadine (Dave) Tice of Charles City, Iowa, Curtis (Susan) Graves of Hawthorne, N.J., Mark (Mava) Graves of Clear Lake, Dona (Dean) Wood of Clear Lake, Lloyd (Cindy) Graves of Mason City, Jodie (Shelby) Britt of Chula Vista, Calif. and Jon Graves of Sioux Falls, S.D.;

16 grandchildren, Darcy (Rick) Bramley, Rondi Graves, Adam Russell, Wendy Russell, Bonita Streich, Brian (ChaSim) Tice, Miriam Kreske, Kevin (Antonia) Graves, Curtis Graves Jr., Angela (Gary) Downs, Janell (Keith) Arndt, Christopher Wood, Alicia (Robert) Hartfield, Cory Wood, Ashley Graves, and Spencer Graves;

16 great-grandchildren, Anna, Alexandra, Zachery, Caleb, Cynthia, Claudia, Kyle, Ariel, Joel, Katherine, Gina-Marie, Dillon, Cacharel, Drake, Brittney, and Brecken; a sister, Shirley Rice of Scottsdale, Az.; best friend, Vernita Nichols and special friends, Janice Tiano, Robert and Marian Nichols, and the W.L. Nicholas family.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Ella (Frenz) Zirbel; brothers Lyle and Herman Zirbel and her special friend, Harriet Bushman.


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