Alice was born February 10, 1930 in Tupelo, Okla. to John and Laura Hines. Alice had only slight memories of the early years of her life and her mother passed away when Alice was very young. Her life after her mother's passing was very traumatic and she was ultimately placed by the court in the home of Paul and Viola Loucks. Mrs. Loucks was an elementary school principal and teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Loucks were the only parents that Alice ever knew.
The family moved to Arizona and Alice had many happy memories of her home and the years she had with her parents. It was during high school that she met her first husband. The couple married and were blessed with a daughter, Linda Scudder (Butler). They ultimately divorced.
As a single mother, Alice relocated to California and began working as an operator for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, a company from which she retired after many years of noteworthy service.
Early in her career, she was spotted in the company cafeteria by the man who would become the love of her life, Clifford Powell. It took him some time but he finally managed an introduction and began his courtship. It took some doing but he was finally able to win her hand and they married in Las Vegas, Nev. Dec. 18, 1953 and set up housekeeping in a small apartment in Huntington Park, Calif. After joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the couple was sealed in the Los Angeles Temple February 15, 1975.
Linda had been staying with Alice's parents in Arizona and it was possible now for her to join the Powell family in Downey where they purchased a home. In addition to working and raising her daughter, Alice was a homemaker in every sense of the word as those who knew her can attest.
In 1964 Clifford and Alice began looking for property that would be suitable for their retirement, making trips into various states until they found their dream property outside of Thompson Falls. They moved to "the Powell Place" in 1981 and set about creating their home on Tamarack Lane where Alice resided until shortly after Clifford's death in 1999. At that time, unable to maintain the large property, she moved into town to her final home on Adams Street.
During their marriage, Alice was mother to two of her grandsons. The couple nurtured their beloved grandson, Jamie, until his wrenching death in 1970. They also subsequently took a second grandson, Dominic Powell, whom they formally adopted, into their home and raised him to adulthood.
Alice is survived by a brother, John Henry Hines, two granddaughters, Melissa Spoonemore and Starla Mellow and their families, an adopted grandson, Dominic Powell, two brothers-in-law, David and Regan Powell, and two nephews, Ralph and Clifford Marsh as well as a cousin, John Eames, and several other relatives in Arkansas. She is also survived by her beloved dogs, Zena and Boo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Powell, her daughter, Linda (Scudder) Butler, her birth parents, John and Laura Hines, her adopted parents, Paul and Viola Loucks and her grandson, William Jamison Ziegler.
Mrs. Powell was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous capacities including president of the Relief Society. She was a gracious hostess and loved entertaining. Many of the members of her church remember wonderful Christmas parties at her home each year when she would entertain the entire branch with a sumptuous dinner and evening entertainment.
She, with her husband, was a wonderful gardener and grew beautiful roses—somehow managing to keep them from the deer. She frequently surprised her friends with bouquets of her roses delivered in one of her crystal vases. In addition, she was an accomplished artist and her home was graced with many of her paintings.
Alice was generous to a fault, making it a policy to employ young people for various tasks in order to enable them to save for school clothes or other needs and was always the first to help someone who was struggling. She was a loving friend and will be missed more than words can express by those whom she befriended through the years.
Heartfelt thanks go to Cherry Hill Assisted Living for Alice's care during her final illness.
Funeral services are under the direction of Sunset Hills Funeral Homes and are scheduled for Saturday, July 14 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Thompson Falls Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Cancer Society or any charity of the giver's choice are suggested. Alice was particularly concerned with charities that benefited children