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June 11, 1931 - November 24, 2019. alice Morrow Alley Pihl, 88, of Banks died Sunday, November 24 at the family home.

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Alice Morrow Alley Pihl, born June 11, 1931 in Portland, Oregon, died at the family home November 24, 2019 in Banks, Oregon, at the age of 88. Alice was born to Frank and Ruth (Saling) Morrow and had one brother, Tommy. She was raised in the Portland area, and attended Oak Grove Elementary School and Milwaukie High School, graduating in 1949. She attended the University of Oregon, graduating with a nursing degree. She married Walter Alley and had a daughter, Barbara. She later married Hollie Pihl and had four more children, Becky Mehringer (Tom), Matt Pihl (Julie), Mike Pihl, and Kate Orr (Dave). Between her and Hollie, there were numerous grandchildren and great children. They were married for 61 years before Hollie passed away in 2018.

Living on the farm in Banks was important. From the time of their first date, until both of their deaths, Hollie and Alice spent a lot of their time working on and enjoying the property they referred to as "the farm". Work was important - both physically on the farm, and for income purposes.

Alice continued in nursing while raising five kids and helped build the house and property in Banks - not minding the late hours and long commute, as it gave her freedom. She didn't like the role women played in society at the time but made the best of it. If she wanted something, she worked, saved money, or borrowed money. She was fiercely independent. She would tell stories of working in the Psych wards at Dammasch Hospital, working at Forest Grove Hospital, and then at the new St. Vincent on Highway 26. After retiring from St. Vincent, she became the School nurse for the Banks School District for the last 17 years of her career. She was active in Camp Fire Girls since she was a girl, as well as a Camp Fire leader while raising her family. She enjoyed working for the School District as it allowed her to spend her summers as the camp nurse at various Camp Fire camps.

In her youth, she was an active skier, swimmer, and horseback rider. As an adult, she prided herself on rarely backing down from a challenge or adventure - whether it was helping recreate a Wagon Train Trek across Oregon or doing barrel rolls in a "Red Baron" bi-plane at the Hillsboro Air Show warmup. She loved entertaining and the farm became the gathering place for many birthday parties, class graduation parties, sports team gatherings, school reunions, and Bar picnics. She also enjoyed mushroom hunting, star gazing, quilting and an occasional trip to Spirit Mountain! She and Hollie also significantly contributed to and were instrumental in the creation of the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail.

Although not wanting a memorial service, the family gathered at the farm for Mom's send off. In true Camp Fire fashion, we created Dream Boats, adorned them with decorations important to her, and sent them afloat on the lake. We sang a popular Campfire Girl song, "Barges", and wished her a safe journey to her next adventure. Wohelo.

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