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TURNER - Alice Simons, 92, a retired licensed practical nurse who had been residing in Conrad, died of natural causes on Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at a Conrad medical center.

A funeral service will be held at the Turner Christian Church on Saturday with burial following at the Turner Cemetery.

Alice was born on Feb. 3, 1911, in the Gallatin Valley area to William

Davis and Emma Elizabeth (Dale) Davis. She received her

education and spent her early years in that area, where

she was a homemaker and worked at various jobs.

In 1953, she moved to Turner to work and married Drengman "Spike" Simons on Nov. 1, 1954. She took LPN training at Northern Montana College and worked as licensed practical nurse from 1960 to 1985.

Alice was a wonderful cook and caring nurse. During her younger years she was an avid hunter, horsewoman and rancher. She loved cats and horses and continued to ride whenever possible until into her 80s. She was a proud woman and maintained an independent spirit throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, "Spike"; brother, Chauncy Davis; sisters, Maude Aldrich, Annie Schwartz, Elsie Francis and Lavina Peterson; grandson, "Howie" Porter; and her youngest daughter, Mary Hale Travis, who died Dec. 9, 2003.

Survivors include her son, Wesley Dingman of Fishtail; daughters, Dolores (Howard) of Shelby and Margaret Bates of Naselle, Wash.; stepchildren, Ryle (Patty) Simon of Turner and Julie (Chuck) Harris of Pasco, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to Pondera Medical Center Long Term Care Unit, Peace Hospice in Great Falls, or the charity off your choice.

Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.


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