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Alice Halse

August 4, 1935 - July 6, 2021


Alice Halse was born on August 4, 1935, in Tacoma, Washington the 4th of 9 children born to Herman and Mary Rotter. She died July 6, 2021, in Salem, Oregon. Alice lived in Kettle Falls Washington and near Lowell, Oregon growing up. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1953. She went to Oregon State University and graduated in 1957 with a degree in Home Economics Education. She later went back to school and earned her elementary teaching degree. On June 8, 1957, she married Treslin Halse. Treslin was a pharmacist and worked at Williams Pharmacy in Reedsport. Alice taught elementary school for two years until son Brent was born in 1964. She also taught an additional year in 1966-67 and substituted for many years after that. Daughter Lee Ann was born in 1968.
Treslin and Alice purchased the drug store in 1964 and survived the flood in December 1964. Treslin continued to operate the store until closing the store and retiring in 1996.
Treslin and Alice were very active in the Presbyterian Church in Reedsport. They sang in the choir and served on many committees. Alice was very active in Presbyterian Women.
In 1980-81 the family hosted Juan Vallejo as an exchange student from Ecuador. Juan and Alice became very close as they spent a lot of time after school together with Alice helping Juan with his English-speaking skills and to learn more about the United States.
After Treslin died in 2004, Alice moved to Marion Estates in Sublimity where she resided until the final weeks of her life. She was very active in the Stayton United Methodist church. She was the Treasurer of United Methodist Women and played a large role in their annual Christmas Bazaar each year.
Alice was a long-time member of TOPS. A major accomplishment for Alice was reaching her goal weight and becoming the TOPS Queen for Oregon for 2016. She went with her younger sister Elsie to International Recognition Days in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2017 to be honored with the Kings and Queens from throughout the world.
Alice is survived by her son Brent, daughter Lee Ann, grandchildren Cesar, Alicia, Lorena, and Noemi, sisters, Joanna, Ida, and Elsie, and brother Ivan, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Sid and sister-in-law Judy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 7th at 2PM at the Stayton United Methodist Church. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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My condolences to Alice's family and many friends.  I fondly remember the many years we worked together as part of the team who staged the Reedsport Presbyterian Quilt Show.  Alice was not only a part of the team but shared her wonderful quilts.  She was also a superb cook.  My life has been richly blessed for having her as a friend.  Love and blessings to you--a life well lived.  Nada  



Alice was a very special person. I remember the fun we had in our church choir. My prayers go to Brent and Lee Ann as they deal with this loss.