February 17, 2021
1935-2021 ~ Mrs. Alice Louise Park passed away in Red Deer on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the age of 85 years.
Alice and her twin sister, Gladys were born in Horburg, Alberta, the nearest settlement to their farm at the time. Alice was one of four children born to Rudolph and Lena Belle Counnic. Her early years were spent on the farm in the Horburg area.
After her Father’s passing, when she was nine years old, the family moved into Rocky Mountain House, where she continued her schooling. Her Mother later married Alex Gazoloff, and the family moved to Kindersley, Saskatchewan; where she graduated High School, and went to work as a Bank Teller.
In March of 1955, she married Dale Park, who was also originally from the Rocky area. They spent the next little while living in various locations across the three Western Provinces, following Dale’s work.
Finally, in 1969, they settled in Bentley, Alberta, where they lived for the next forty-six years, before retiring to Red Deer in 2015. Alice was proud to be known as a homemaker; only briefly taking a job as a Convenience Store Clerk, long after the kids had left home. Her most rewarding job was as Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
She was happiest when looking after her large extended family, and attending all the events she could possibly get to, if family was involved. She was very involved with her kids’ activities; hockey, figure skating and ringette were among her favourite things. She was also a tireless volunteer.
In 2015, prior to her leaving Bentley, the Bentley Care Centre honoured her for twenty-one years of volunteer service. She spent literally thousands of hours doing “whatever”, whenever it was needed. It became a big part of her life, but being as humble as she was, you weren’t going to hear it from her.
Alice always remained active. Many Bentley residents can remember her walking the bike path, an activity she did on a regular basis, for many years. She carried this on in Red Deer, until just recently, when physical limitations became too much. She also loved gardening, her yard was enjoyed by many.
Alice and Dale enjoyed travelling over the years; they covered a good deal of Canada and the United States, by car and motorhome. After Dale’s passing, she also made several trips to California with family members. One of her favourites though, was a trip to New Mexico, she made with three of her daughters, a few years ago.
Alice will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Rick (Donna) Park of Bentley, Brenda (Ed) Spycher, Sharon (Rocky) Potuer and Wendy (George) Ramage, all of Red Deer, and Pam (Bruce) Spycher of Blackfalds. There will be no service at Alice’s request. Interment will be held at the Bentley Cemetery, Bentley, Alberta, at a later date. If desired, Memorial Donations in Alice’s honor be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society at www.reddeerhospice.com or to a Charity of the Donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com
Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
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