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Alice John Corning

Published: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

Alice L. John, 99, of Corning died Jan. 22, 2013, at Parkdale Manor in Maryville, Mo.

Celebration of life services were 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the United Presbyterian Church in Corning. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Ritchie Funeral Home, 905 Benton Ave., Corning, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to Corning Presbyterian Church, Corning Public Library or Roseanne Hospital Auxiliary. Online condolences may be left at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com.

Alice Lucile John, daughter of Frantz Mozelle (Davis) and Frank Valentine, was born Sept. 10, 1913, in rural Adams County.

Alice attended Middle Valley School in Douglas Township and then Bickford School in Washington Township. Alice graduated from Corning High School in 1931.

On July 6, 1932, Alice married Albert Wendell John in Maryville, Mo.

Alice altered clothing for more than 65 years working at the Smart Shop and privately.

In 1943, Alice became the first paid cook at the high school.

Alice served on the board that started Meals on Wheels in Corning, as well as being a lifetime member of Adams County Historical Society. In 1990, she received the Honorary Life Membership in the Presbyterian Church Womens Association. She helped establish the Presbyterian thrift shop and worked there many times.

Alice was also active with the Main Street Committee during the 10-year project and received Volunteer of the Year in 1992. She was a member of Roseanne Auxiliary for the hospital; in 1995, she helped start the outreach program. Alice was also a member of Rebekah Lodge in Bedford, until it gave up its charter in 2002. In 1999, she received the Decoration of Chivalry, which is one of the highest honors given out by the lodge.Alice was also a corner guide for the doctors run since 1999. Alice was an active member of DAR.

Alice is survived by her daughters, Cathy (husband Tim) Harvey of Carson and Marian Everhart of Skidmore, Mo.; daughter-in-law Kathy John of Warrenton, Va.; sister Lois Schneider of Miles; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great granddaughters.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husband and son Gary John.

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