Alice Laverne Shank (Lewis) was born on October 3, 1922 in Okmulgee, OK. She died in Lawrence, KS on June 27, 2011.
Alice was raised in El Dorado, KS, with her six siblings. She alone had survived of her family to this time. She married Charles Wilbur Shank on December 3, 1944. Alice and Wilbur lived first in Lawrence, KS, where their daughters, Cindy and Mary were born. After living in Lawrence she moved with Wilbur to Kansas City and subsequently to Springfield, MO. They spent many happy years together there with their girls and together were instrumental in developing a portion of the Table Rock Lake area near Shell Knob, MO. Wilbur preceded her in death on October 20, 1978. Alice has lived here in Lawrence since 2000 with her family.
She is survived by her two daughters, Cynthia (Shank) Hawkins of Naples, FL, and Mary (Shank) Stein of Lawrence, KS, and by her five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with whom she also shared many happy times.
Private graveside services will occur at the National Cemetery in Springfield, MO, on Friday, where she will be buried with her husband, Wilbur.
Memorials may be made to the Wilbur Shank Memorial Scholarship Fund – Missouri State University and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
I worked at Brandon Woods as a housekeeper for Alice for several years. She always put a smile on my face! I always called her, “Pretty Lady” this really made her laugh! I was very lucky to have known Alice. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Your mother and grandmother was a client of mine who became a dear friend. Alice was a charming lovable woman who brought joy to many. How fortunate your family is to have had such a wonderful role model and treasured memories to comfort you now and always. Please accept my sympathy. Sandy Hopper, Merrill Lynch
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I still remember the pogo stick and Uncle Wilbur’s face. Thank you for my memories.