Alice D. Smith, 103
Alice D. Smith, 103, resident of Christian Community Home in Hudson, died Sunday, July 27.
She was born on June 14, l905, in Gentilly, Minn., the youngest of 18 children to Toussaint and Marie (Morrell) Brule; her parents were farmers who emigrated from Quebec, Canada.
Alice graduated from Crookston High and went on to graduate from college in l925. Her first job was at the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston.
On Oct. 13, l930, Alice was united in marriage to Glenn N. Smith; she would often tell of the large attendance at their wedding because of her very big family!
Alice and Glenn remained in Crookston and owned a residential grocery store. They later moved to South St. Paul where Alice worked in a variety of secretarial positions for many offices and companies over the years; she also sold Avon and Stanley products.
She had been an active volunteer at their church, First Methodist, in South St. Paul. Upon Glenn's retirement, they moved to Nevis, Minn., and then to Park Rapids, Minn. They began to spend winters down south; they traveled all over the U.S., including Hawaii, and to Canada, Europe and Mexico.
Alice was a very active and FEISTY lady; she bowled until she was in her 80s and enjoyed playing SkipBo, Bingo and her favorite sport, volleyball, all until recently.
She was very proud of winning a spelling bee trophy last year. She would often tell jokes and, because her birthday was on Flag Day, would tell everyone "all those flags you see flying are because of my birthday."
Alice is survived by her daughter, Glenora Berres; grandson, Steven (Lois) Berres; granddaughters, Dai Berres-Green (John Kiemen) and Dawn (Paul) Merilatt; 13 great-grandchildren: her five great-grandsons, Benton and Colton Green, Eli and Spencer Webb and Matthew Berres, who will serve as pallbearers (along with Steven Berres, Jake Pittman and Mike Mayer), and her eight great-granddaughters, Ambrosia and Ashley Webb, Arianne Green, Ariel Berres-Green and Chrissie, Laura, Stefanie and Elizabeth Berres, who will be honorary pallbearers.
A funeral service is at 11 a.m. next Thursday, Aug. 7, at the United Methodist Church, 1401 Laurel Ave., Hudson.
Interment will be in the Willow River Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church and next Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 4 until 6 p.m. at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, (715) 386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the church or to CCH.