Alice C. Holt, Dec. 30, 1942 -- Oct. 10, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Alice was born in Pocahontas, Ark., where her family farmed and fished commercially. She spent lots of time on a houseboat while they fished the nearby rivers. During her youth her family moved to Guthrie, Okla., where they bought and operated the historic Avon Hotel and Saloon. The Guthrie Library was the main attraction for Alice, as she possessed a passion for reading which lasted throughout her life.

Alice decided early in life to set course for a bigger and richer enjoyment of life. Boundless determination coupled with an unfailing sense of humor, extraordinary grit and resilience, helped her achieve all she set about.

She moved to Oklahoma City and later Edmond, Okla., where she was an active parent and officer in the Edmond 4-H Club and a co-founding member of the Edmond Women's Political Caucus. She painted in oils, and enjoyed crocheting and flower gardening. She liked theater, musicals, and especially The Nutcracker. Camping, picnicking and fishing were frequent outings. She liked orange kitties, parades, convertibles, Christmas holidays and crackling fires in winter. Alice had a knack for making a house a beautiful home, and everyplace was lovelier after her efforts.

Eureka Springs drew Alice because of Beaver Lake, where she bought a home in Sylvan Shores in 1983. The following year, she and her partner, Charlotte Downey, bought and operated the Beaver Dam Store. Alice's business skills and hard work helped develop a profitable and thriving business. She made many friends while living in the Ozarks, and developed a great love of doll collecting and mushroom hunting. She was a volunteer at the Fayetteville women's shelter.

Alice left Arkansas for warmer climes in 1999, and eventually moved to Gulfport, Fla., where she enjoyed year 'round gardening, the local library and book discussion group, and indulged her love of sun on beautiful, sandy beaches.

Family and friends were high on Alice's list of priorities, and she made many lasting friendships over her 67 years. Alice was thoughtful, forgiving, supportive and very smart, qualities that endured people to her. All who knew her agree that, above all, she was "one classy lady." She realized that life is not a dress rehearsal, and lived courageously and enthusiastically.

Alice was predeceased by a baby brother, Teddy; her mother, Delsie Collins Weatherford; father, Robert Weatherford; stepmother, Olive Lively, and devoted dogs, Tuffy and Holly. She is survived by a son, Paris Holt of Guthrie, Okla.; sisters Jewell Bussard and Carolyn Lynn of Guthrie, Okla.; sister Billie Foster of Dallas; brothers James of Poteau, Okla., and Jimmy of Holiday Island, several nieces and nephews and three grandchildren; many friends, especially, Orlyn Adams of Gulfport, Fla., and longtime, dear friend, Charlotte Downey of Eureka Springs.