Alice Marie Hale Blankenship, 85, left this earthly life for her heavenly home Sunday morning, March 18, 2018.
She was next to the youngest of 10 children born to Otto and Alice (Nichols) Hale. At the time of her birth, the family lived in Valverde, Kan., where her dad worked for the railroad. She was a bright child and as her oldest sister Hazel said, “She did better in school than all the rest of us.”
Sometime during the early 1940s, the family moved to Greeley, Colo. Alice Marie married at a young age and had two children, Carol and Lynn. During her pregnancy with the second child, she became very ill and was hospitalized with a diagnosis of schizophrenia in 1952. Her husband took the oldest child back to West Virginia and the baby was placed with relatives. The marriage ended and Alice remained in mental health care facilities in Colorado until 1995.
Alice Marie was moved from Pueblo, Colo. to Kamiah by her sister Hazel and husband, Frank Nutt. The Haven of Rest in Kamiah was Alice’s home until November 2017. These were the best days of her life as Dot Bailey and family treated their live-in clients as family. Alice Marie was always happy to see visitors. She would smile and say, “God Bless You, it is so good to see you.”
She learned to crochet and made lovely blankets and lap covers, some of which have been given to the Veterans Home in Lewiston.
When the Haven of Rest closed because Dot Bailey was retiring, Alice Marie was moved to the Grangeville Health and Rehab Center. Thanks to the kind and inviting atmosphere, Alice Marie felt at home.
All nine of her siblings and her mother and father preceded Alice Marie in death. She leaves a sister-in-law, Norma Jean Hale of Oregon City, Ore. and many nieces and nephews scattered throughout the United States.
The family of Alice Marie extends their thanks to the caregivers at Grangeville Health and Rehab Center. Also thanks to Dot Bailey and her family, and to the Rev. Chris Hagenbuch, for their visits with Alice Marie these last four months.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Coffelt Funeral Service is in charge of cremation. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made either to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 311 S Hall Street, Grangeville, ID 83530; or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI Treasure Valley, P.O. Box 9492, Boise, ID 83707.