Alice Emily Carl Buck departed this life on February 14, 2014. She was born on October 21, 1919 near Wapella, IL. She was the youngest daughter of Noah Carl and Nettie (Douglas) Carl. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters and four brothers, as follows: Edith Miller, Ina Cunningham, Marion Ellis Richardson, Lawrence Carl, Russell Carl, Paul Carl, and Glen Carl.
She married Earnest R. Buck on January 01, 1938. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1996. Alice and Earnest became parents of four children, namely, Phyllis Heppenstall of Auburn, WA; Duane Buck of Lawrence, KS; Kay Jewell of Edwardsville, IL; and Rita Powers of Evergreen, CO. She was blessed with eight grandchildren: Kris Butt; Rick Barnett; Brian Barnett; Debie Engelken; Stacey Wellen; Jodi Lane; Jordan Arvik; and Season Bernardi; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind the following daughter-in-law and sons-in-law: Pat Buck, Charles Jewell, and Dale Powers. She was beloved by all and will be greatly missed.
Alice graduated from Heyworth High School in 1937. She was primarily a wife, mother and home-maker, but held various jobs throughout her life, the last being at the Heyworth Grade School cafeteria. She was a long time member of the Heyworth Christian Church. Alice had many fond memories of her Heyworth neighbors, friends and church family, and enjoyed recounting those memories over the years. She had an amazing memory and could recall details with great clarity. She enjoyed embroidery work, creating many beautiful keep-sake items for her family & friends, and was able to continue this hobby her entire life. She also enjoyed music (especially hymns and country) and liked to sing while hanging clothes on the line to dry in the summer breeze. She and Earnest participated in square dancing in Heyworth, and also made several trips to the Grand 'Ole Opry.
During her life-time, Alice lived her Christian faith daily including helping many senior residents in the Heyworth area. She was always more than willing to do whatever necessary, i.e. laundry, make and deliver meals, & assist with housecleaning whenever an opportunity presented itself to help someone. One of her favorite Bible verses was Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble." Alice lived most of her life in the Heyworth area, but she and Earnest later resided in Auburn, WA near their eldest daughter, Phyllis from 1995 to 2011. It was her desire to return to her beloved Illinois, and in Spring 2011 she moved to Cambridge House, an assisted living facility in Maryville, IL, residing near her daughter, Kay and family.
A service honoring her life will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Heyworth Christian Church with the Vernon Oakley officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the church. Donations may be made in Alice’s memory to the Heyworth Christian Church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Long Point Cemetery, Wapella.