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Alice Joyce Millington
April 30, 1953 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Let us tell you about our beautiful “sweet” Alice. The dates of her birth (4/30/53) and her death (10/26/23) do not define her, but the incredible life she lived in-between! If ever there was a person that enjoyed each moment to its potential, poured her soul into her family and friends, it was Alice.
She was raised on Army bases by her Grandparents with her sister Vera. One set of Grandparents, the Trimble’s, happened to have a cabin next to the Millington family at Medicine Lake California. One summer, Alice watched John rescue a poor frog from the bottom of an outhouse hole (freshly dug) and from then on, he was the love of her life! They spent the rest of their lives together, over 47 years happily married.
Alice and John raised their children Jennifer (Thom) Sowers and Richard (Kiley) Millington in Mt. Shasta, CA. Alice finished her college career at Chico State with a teaching credential, an impressive art portfolio and a passion to change lives. Following a dream, Alice and John finally moved to Idaho in ‘95 after spending summers on their property in McCall since the early 70’s. Alice taught various places but eventually chose to teach in the Women’s Prison in Idaho where she helped women with life skills and GEDs. She was extremely talented and brave and could always find the good in everyone.
Alice was known for her kindness and hard work. You could find her patiently teaching or coaching, mucking her horse stalls, creating art projects with her kids and grandkids, or cheering them on at events! She was beyond ambitious and passed these wonderful qualities on to her kids and her grandkids. Alice was the first to volunteer and you better believe you were getting the best!
There was never a mountain to tall (she climbed Mt. Shasta’s 14K + peak several times) that she would not climb or an animal to wild she would not save (so many squirrels!). Alice’s magnetic energy carried her family on many adventures in life. A close second to her family and friends were her beloved horses. She was an active member of Backcountry Horseman of Idaho and organized and led many rides into the beautiful Idaho wilderness! Her motivation had no bounds and at 69 yrs. old she got re-certified to fell trees! She loved to work hard and enjoy the fruits of her labor. She’d spend hours in her garden or creating a publication to ensure it was perfect. Some often wondered if she herself was not perfect, inside, and out.
Alice loved fiercely and lived out-loud! She was talented and adventurous and gave her husband and kids her everything. She will be missed by so many, but we will hold her smile and warmth in our hearts and remember her Disney princess voice that wooed us to sleep or was the background to many afternoons and evenings in our family home.
Please join our family at the Sowers home at 269 Buckcamp Rd. in McCall on November 10th from 3 to 7 pm to celebrate her life! Drop in or stay awhile as we remember Alice and the joy she spread during her 70 years. She asked in the end that we have a big “Hallelujah” and to let her friends and family know how much she loved them. We will also have a Celebration for Alice in Quincy California the weekend of July 12-13th 2024, please contact family for details.
If desired, online condolences may be left at www.mccallfunerals.com