Alice M. Crader
Alice M. Crader was born in Grand Island Nebraska on October 27, 1922 to Bessie and Kenneth Wheeler, later joined by a sister Betty. At age five the family moved to Oregon settling in Gearhart. Upon graduating Seaside High School Alice moved to Portland to attend North West Business College. She then attended Hastings Business College to learn to run a Comptometer (a mechanical calculator). She was hired at Lipman Wolfe Store as a payroll clerk where she remained until her marriage to Duward (Duke) Crader on April 8, 1944.
After starting their family Alice did not work outside of the home but volunteered wherever she felt needed: Campfire leader, den mother, and a group of ten little Bluebird girls. She remained with that group until the girls graduated from high school and left for college, several remaining life long friends.
After Alice and Duke bought horses they gathered another group of friends. They joined and were active in Clairmont Riders for several decades. They took frequent trips with their friends horse camping and for trail rides. Alice said she felt fortunate to enjoy a happy marriage, loving children Nancy & Bob, and for her many loyal friends. As she told the Chaplain: material things were not important to her but lasting friendships were.
Alice was very strong willed and hated admitting to getting old. When the family threw a 90th birthday party for her and their aunt Caroline, Alice complained that when people found out how old she really was they would start treating her as old. Yet she kept her youthful attitude and was able to remain in her own Gladstone home until her death at age 97.
Alice is survived by her daughter Nancy Buckbee of Amboy Wa; son Bob Crader & Laurie Raymond of Oregon City; 2 grandkids; 7 great-grandkids; and 3 great-greatgrandkids all of Amboy Wa. And not to forget her loving companion Hannah, a Havanese dog.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday January 11, 2020 at the Clackamas Fairgrounds Horning Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to Clackamas 4-H https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/clackamas in Alice's honor.
Please sign the online guest book at https://www.hillsidechapelfh.com/obituaries/Alice-Crader/