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Alice Williams Black died peacefully at home on February 15, 2011, after a brief period of hospice care. Alice was born on a farm near Turney, Missouri, on February 24, 1914. At age 10, the family moved to Plattsburg, Missouri, where she graduated from high school. After attending Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, she married Elmer C. Black from Utica, Kansas. Elmer preceded her in death on December 27, 1999. Alice is survived by her three children, E. Carson Black of Colorado Springs, Ann Black Woods of Houston and Reed Williams Black of Overland Park. Her four grandchildren are Whitley Levy and Ashley Brown of Houston and Maggie Black of St. Louis and Carson Black of Kansas City. She is also survived by four great grandchildren who live in the Houston area. Alice and Elmer shared 61 years together and a mutual love of travel, bridge, and socializing with friends. They also built a beautiful three story brick house that would be the family home for many years. Alice and Elmer were longtime members and supporters of the Avondale Methodist Church. Alice was also a member of the Donaphin chapter of the DAR. Her many interests in life included her book club, walking group, discussion group, miniature dollhouses and poetry. Her book of poetry, "The Pasture," includes the post script, "Rivers are meant to be swum in … life is meant to have fun in!" A memorial celebration of Alice’s life will be held at the Avondale Methodist Church on March 19, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution to a charity of choice is encouraged.