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Alice M. Holmes

October 18, 1925 - January 26, 2021

Alice was born Alice Marion Danielson on October 18, 1925 in Fargo, North Dakota.  She, along with her parents and brother Vernon lived in the very small town of Abercrombie, North Dakota, which today has a population of 261.  As a young girl Alice sold eggs door to door to earn money until she was old enough to work in the General Store.


After graduation from high school, Alice and her Father moved to Oregon to work in the shipyard during World War II.  She learned how to be a welder, and became part of a much larger movement of women helping to build ships for the war.


While working in the shipyard Alice met Everett Holmes.  After a rather brief courtship, they were married on September 1, 1945 between work shifts, while not missing a single day of work.


After the war ended Alice worked as a hostess at the Multnomah Hotel while Everett drove a taxi.  Soon after, they purchased their first dump truck and Alice was the bookkeeper for over 40 years.  In addition to being the bookkeeper, Alice purchased old houses in the neighborhood and restored them as rental properties.  As a young girl in North Dakota, Alice had learned from her Father how to paint, plaster and hang wallpaper.  She was somewhat of a North Portland land baron owning and managing as many as 12 rental houses over the years.


Alice also enjoyed participating in the antique car clubs with her husband.  She would help him restore the cars and for many years they enjoyed touring with their old car friends, even dressing up in vintage clothing that was the era of the cars.


Her family was what she cherished most.  She was a good wife to Everett, and a wonderful Mother to Dan and Jerry.  She adored her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and we must also mention Molly.  After graduating from Oregon State, her grandson Cameron and his Dachshund Molly lived for a short time with his Grandmother, but Molly never left.  Alice said it was OK for Cameron to move on, but Molly had to stay.  Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Molly last October.


The grandchildren all have happy memories of growing up close to their BamBam and Papa…and some of their many highlights were going camping in the motorhome, playing hide and seek in the basement, and watching Lawrence Welk.


Alice did all of the family sewing and alterations.  She was a good cook, she loved to bake for the Grandchildren, and she enjoyed working in her garden and planting all the pots of flowers.  Over the years she also enjoyed doing needlepoint, china painting, and working at estate and garage sales.  She would share her happy memories of cruising to Alaska and the Caribbean along with several trips to Hawaii.  In her later years Alice looked forward to her friends at their weekly ceramics group and Bunko group.  And after Everett passed in 1993, Alice enjoyed the companionship of Orville Crawford who passed in 2006, and Maurice Lower who passed in 2017.  Both were true gentlemen and were very good to Alice.


Alice loved her family, but she was also a woman of faith.  She believed in God and shared that she was ready for this final journey.  We are thankful for the 95 years Alice given. May she now rest in peace, and may her memory live on in us forever.


A private funeral was held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Holman’s.  Entombment followed at River View Cemetery.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Holman's Funeral & Cremation Service


2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214

A private funeral was held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Holman’s.  Entombment followed at River View Cemetery.

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