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Alice LaVerne Decker

04/09/1919 — 03/03/2010

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Youngstown, OH

Alice LaVerne Decker

Alice L. Decker Parry, 90, died March 3, 2010, at Kennewick Life Care Center where she has been residing since 2003 while suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s. Alice left the arms of her daughter Karen for the arms of her Savior.

Alice was born April 9, 1919 in Ohio, the only child of James H. and Hilda M. Parry Hilja M. Wainio. Alice grew up near Lake Milton Reservoir where she met her husband Russell W. Decker of nearly 60 years, July 20, 1937 who preceded her in death May 6, 1997. In her years before their retirement, Alice was a homemaker, manager of Decker’s Grocery and the postmistress in Ellsworth Ohio where she raised her two children William Bill and Karen. Alice and Russell moved to Richland in 1974 after Russell’s retirement where they became members of Northwest United Protestant Church. They spent many quality years camping, snowbirding to Arizona in the winter, ballroom and square dancing, while also helping raise grandchildren and great grandchildren. Before Alice’s illness, she was a caring devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who reveled in loving her children and friends. Our family was blessed by the Lord to have her. Mom, you will be greatly missed, but you are forever in our hearts.

Alice is survived by her son William H. Decker and wife Yvonne, Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Karen L. Cole and husband Charles, West Richland, Washington; seven grandchildren Scott, Todd , and Brian Decker, Michele and Sharon Whittenaur, Heidi Fisher{Cole} and Russell Cole six great grandchildren Justin, Todd Jr., Brittney, and Damien Decker, Zach and Kayla Fisher.

Honoring Alice's request there will be no services and her remains will be interred with others from Decker and Parry families at the Todd Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown, Ohio.

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  • Karen, Charles, Russ & Heidi,

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Mom/Grandma. I know that it has been difficult to watch your beloved mother decline over the past several years. Alzheimer’s is cruel to loved ones and families. You will have to try to remember her as she was before the illness took so much of her away. I know that you have several wonderful memories tucked away, those are the most cherished ones, and the ones that you will share with others when you speak of her. I am again sorry that I can’t be there to give you all hugs as you surely need all you can get. Love you all very much.

    Jill Creigh
    November 4, 2014
    Inwood, WV, US
  • I have very fond memories of Mrs. Decker; her smile and good humor were infectious. God speed her to her home above.

    John Cole
    November 4, 2014
    Bethany, WV, US
  • Cherie Smith
    November 4, 2014
    Salem, OH, US
  • I am so sorry for your loss, and will keep all of you in my prayers. I am thankful that Alice is indeed in the arms of her Savior. I pray that He wraps His loving arms around you now, bringing you hope and peace in this difficult time. Crawl into His lap, and know that you are loved.

    Margaret Gass
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Sharing with your family, as you are sharing with mine — at a time of loss for us on earth, but celebration in Heaven. Glad that your mother and Harlan will be there to greet us all! With love and blessings of peace, Lynn-Marie

    Lynn-Marie Peashka
    November 4, 2014
    Boise, ID, US
  • Sig and I know this is both a happy and sad time for your family. We will both be praying for your family. We miss our friends at South Hills. Take care.

    Nancy Pickens
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I love you grandma and I am sad you are gone but oh so happy you are FREE in the arms of JESUS!

    Heidi Fisher
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I am so sorry for your loss. Loosing the mom who is the hub is so hard on a family. I realize that with Alice having Alzheimer’s it was a long greiving period.

    I am so very glad that I had those many years with Russ and Alice as their neighbor. What a loving and joyful lady she was to us. I especially loved Halloween, when she would bring Mitzi over dressed up to see us.

    May God bless you and your family and give you strength to get through this loss.

    Karma and Pat Yourdan
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
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