Alice Shoecraft

Posted On February 29th, 2012 -


Born December 11,1919, Wamic Oregon to Esther and George Wood, second of 5 siblings, died February 8, 2012, Harstine Island Washington.

Alice is survived by her brother Allan Wood & Flo of Spokane Washington; Son Sam Ambrose and Carol of Denver Colorado; Grandchildren Mike Ambrose and his son Colton of Long Beach CA; Granddaughter Antoinette Cox and her family Ryan, Emma and Joey of Littleton Co; and Grandson Bradley James Ambrose and his family Clare, Matt and Jack, of Littleton Colorado.
Along with her parents, preceding Alice in death were: sister and brothers Aileen Forbing of HI, Joe Wood of WA, and Glenn Wood of OR, son Mikel Ambrose of San Francisco, CA, and her precious husband Robert Shoecraft of Xenia Ohio.

Alice graduated from Stadium High school, Tacoma WA. After Business College, she worked for Bank of America. Alice and her boys (quite young at the time) moved to Denver when she was transferred by Bank of America. Alice was a single parent, and when asked what she fed her boys, she said, “I don’t know what we ate, but I’m sure we ate!”

Those that are close to Alice know her as a volunteer. After her boys were grown and gone– Sam to the Navy and Mikel to college– Alice joined the Peace Corp as a volunteer. She served two years in Malaysia then on staff with her assignment in Saipan. On hearing of her death, John Pencetich, her boss in Saipan, said “Alice was empathetic, strong and brilliant”. Ann Morgan, Alice’s Peace Corp bungalow mate, remembers long walks on the beaches of Saipan as they developed a life long friendship. Saipan is where Alice met the love of her life, Robert Shoecraft. Robert and Alice married in Hong Kong and made their home on Guam. While living in Guam, Robert practiced law and Alice was a loan officer for Bank of America. They retired to Waikiki in 1980. Once in Hawaii Alice enjoyed walking…and that is an understatement. Walking literally led her to many years of dedicated service with the American Heart Association (AHA). With her outfit matching hat. Alice would walk 4 miles across town to put in several hours of volunteer time, walk home, and then went for a “good” walk in the afternoon! Alice was a valued part of the AHA for nearly 20 years. Robert had to remind her that she was a volunteer, and not a paid employee, when they would plan a cruise or a visit to the mainland. Alice saw “Heart” as a job and never missed a day without making plans for it. She was an “honoree” of the Heart Ball because she gave so much of her own heart as a volunteer.

Alice and Bob often had friends and family visit. A visit would include golf and strolls on the beach with Bob; fast walking, ice cream and latte’s with Alice! With either, you would meet the street people that they cared for along the way…. bringing them a lunch, umbrella, or just $5. Alice and Bob were no strangers to giving.

Alice was a person of great dignity, who always carried herself with great confidence and poise. She was a beautiful person whose big smile would light up a room either with a good joke or a welcoming “hello friend”. Alice was known by many as a bill capped, white haired, legally blind woman— sipping a latte at The Honolulu Coffee Company, with her coffee friends– Carol, Ilse, Kathleen, Helen, Jane, Flo and Abi. She was willing to share her politics and opinions of world problems…usually unsolicited and with little prompting. Alice had a listening ear that young and old alike would take advantage of often. After a visit with Alice, you knew she believed you to be special and important.

In 2008, Alice moved to the mainland to be closer to her brother Allan and niece Susan Wood her family, Orville, Donyea, and Jayden and niece Rita Mercer and her family Don, Andrew and Matt.

Missing her deeply, Alice’s first barista Jenny, followed by Susanna and Sam, along with her many coffee friends, kept in touch with Alice through calls, cards, presents, and visits.

Alice is interred at Punch Bowl with her Sweetie, Robert.
In lieu of flowers… Please, on behalf of your memories of Alice… “Pay it Forward”.

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