January 11, 1945 – November 11, 2020
at the age of 75 years:
Alice pulled the lever on the buffalo game one last time. Our beautiful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and beloved wife, will not be leaving anymore donations at the casino. On November 11/2020, she hit the jackpot and was reunited with the love of her life, Bob. Alice (the matriarch of her family) was the fourth of eight children born in Lestock, Saskatchewan, on January 11/1945. She was predeceased by her husband Bob, sisters Barbara, Madeline, Marie and brother John. She is survived by her children: Richard, Christine (Irwin), Sheila (Darcy), Bobbi-Lee (Jamie), her youngest Jill, and many grandchildren who she loved dearly, Dean, Amie, Olivia, Mikey, Robbie and William. She leaves behind the “sista hood”, Doreen (Bob) Byers, Linda (Myles) Chapin, and brother Robert (Judy) Trefiak.
Alice would not want a typical sad obituary. She was all about happy time, lots of laughs and family memories.
Alice came from a large family, raised by their mother, Olga. This adversity in her life did not deter her. She was a cheerleader at a young age and beauty pageant contestant with the brains of an aspiring lawyer when she met her life mate, Bob (it didn’t hurt that he had the fastest car in town). They proceeded to build an empire. After falling in love, they moved to British Columbia in 1967 and married in 1968. They adopted 3 children in 1971, then Alice got pregnant with Bobbi-Lee in 1973 (Surprise) and along came Jill in 1975 (Surprise again). Alice absolutely loved children and wished she had more. Shortly after, they moved to a small farm in Maple Ridge, where they raised Clydesdales, chickens, pigs, cows, dogs and cats. Alice was very involved with the local 4-H club and her children all raised steers for competitions. As a proud Ukrainian woman and a family favorite, Alice would load up hers and the neighbor’s kids in the motor home, to drive then to Ukrainian school on Friday evenings. Her Catholic religion and Ukrainian ethnicity were very important to her. She had a huge heart and was an amazing mentor. As the family grew, they decided to expand to a larger acreage in Mission, where they built the home of their dreams. As her chicks slowly started leaving the nest, she decided to take the real estate course. Alice was very successful at this and was top producer in her office for many months. Believe it or not her original plan was to become a lawyer, but unfortunately she ran into health issues along the way that redirected her path. Eventually they moved to the sunny Shuswap where she continued her real estate career. She also became known for her newspaper worthy Christmas tree/forest. With over 20 years of being a reputable realtor, she finally decided to retire. Her new passion was donating to any casino she came across and the odd time taking home winnings from her favorite “Buffalo” game. She overcame her fear of flying by discovering Las Vegas. Alice joined her local Probus and Lions clubs, where she had many laughs with fellow members. She was a legendary role model for all and left behind amazing memories and enough treasures to open up a thrift store. Alice was an inspiration to all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
It was important to Alice and her family to send a huge “Thank You” to a very special friend of her husband, Gary Koo, for all the help he has done for them over the years.
Do zustrichi (see you soon)