Alice Cripps, of Braham, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021 at her home at Elmhurst Commons in Braham. She was 96 years old.
PLEASE NOTE: The family REQUESTS that FACE MASKS be worn at the services for Alice. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the Braham Event Center with a TIME OF REMEMBERANCE at 3:00 pm with Pastor Julie Beck officiating.
INURNMENT will be in the Minnesota State Veteran Cemetery in Little Falls.
Alice May Cripps passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the age of 96 at Elmhurst Commons in Braham.
Alice was born to Alfred and Carrie (Boyd) Olson on August 12, 1925 at Graceville Community Hospital, Graceville, MN. Her younger years were spent on the Olson homestead near Browns Valley, MN. For her early education, she rode a horse to Long Hollow Union Country School, a one room schoolhouse.
At the age of 12, she started trick riding at various rodeos in the west to support herself. Her riding career ended when she was seriously injured performing in Hatton, North Dakota. Following several months of recovery at the Mayo Clinic, she returned to school at the age of 17. Alice attended the West Central Agricultural School in Morris, Minnesota which is now part of the University of MN system.
World War II found Alice working for Telex making telecommunication equipment for the war. Her career in electronics would continue at Buckbee-Mears where she worked on quality control projects including some work on the Lunar Lander.
Alice always said that her greatest accomplishment in life was raising her five daughters. Alice spent her free time fishing, gardening and reading. Alice especially liked the things that money cannot buy the song of the birds, flowers and the hugs of a grand or great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters and brothers, Louise, Cliff, Josephine, Milton “Mickey” and Alfred Jr. “Jim”; 3 husbands, Walter Jamma, William Bade, and Walter Cripps; son Kenneth; daughter Valerie Demitroff; and 2 sons-in laws, Douglas Walters and William Payne.
Alice is survived by daughters, Karyn (Robert) Prois Blaine MN, Patricia (Karl) Larson Kingman AZ, Claudia Payne Spokane WA, and Jonelle (Daniel) Klemz Grasston MN; son-in-law Mike Demitroff Hinckley MN; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.