ALICE E. PASSAGE
Alice Elizabeth Passage, 89, of Des Moines and formerly of
Auburn died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, of pneumonia at Highline Hospital in
Alice was born Nov. 21, 1916 at Outlook to Wilson and Ruby
Dopps, who were farmers. She had two sisters, Nellie and Helen, and a brother,
Dan, who are now deceased.
Alice grew up in Granger, where she attended school and
graduated from Granger High School in 1934. She attended college at Washington
State University, where she graduated in 1938, majoring in education and
speech. Following college, she taught high school classes in English, Spanish
and speech in Sunnyside and Yakima for 12 years, before moving to Auburn in
1965, where she continued teaching for another seven years. She lived in Auburn
until 1988 when she and her husband, Dick, moved to Wesley Homes Retirement
Center in Des Moines.
Alice was married to Richard Passage, a radio broadcaster
and college teacher, on June 22, 1940. They had two sons, Richard James, Jr.
(Gerri), of Leavenworth and Michael John (Laura), of Seattle and a daughter,
Mary Elizabeth (Garry Pederson) of Atlanta. Alice’s husband, Dick, and her
three children survive her, as do four grandchildren and four
Alice had been a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority, PEO, and
for many years was active in the American Heritage Association, serving as a
board member for five years, and leading youth on heritage tours to Mexico,
Europe and in the eastern United States from Jamestown to Boston. Throughout
her life from childhood on, she faithfully expressed her Christian faith as a
member of the United Methodist Church.
A memorial service celebrating Alice’s life will be held
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Wesley Terrace auditorium in Des
Moines. Friends are invited to share that special occasion with residents of
Wesley Homes and Alice’s family. Remembrances and memorial gifts may be made
to: Wesley Home Foundation. Price-Helton Funeral Home is in charge of