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Alice Block - Sylvan Grove KS
6/20/1922 - 8/6/2012

Alice Pauline Meili Block was born on June 20, 1922, to William A. Meili and Esther I. (Line) Meili in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood in Lincoln County Kansas. Alice attended Pleasant Valley Grade School, and Lincoln High School. She was married to Howard W. (Dutch) Block on September 2, 1940. To their union, they were blessed with three daughters: Donna, Lleanna, and Nancy. Dutch and Alice started their marriage running the Vesper Telephone Office from 1940-42. They went into farming and farmed until retirement in 1988. Alice was a housewife, a farmer's wife, and a mother raising three daughters. In 1959, Alice started her career as a school cook and cafeteria manager, and retired in 1997 from the Sylvan Unified School District. She attended dietary classes each summer at Fort Hays State University.

 Alice was active in the Vesper Presbyterian Church and serviced on the session several terms. She also served on the Presbyterian Women's Organization for many years. She remained a faithful church member until Vesper Presbyterian Church closed its doors January 8, 2008. Alice joined the Eula Chapter of the OES, and was a worthy matron and district aide #36. She received her 50-year pin in 2002. They Sylvan OES closed and she transferred her membership to the Lincoln Chapter. Alice helped organize the Jobs Daughters and serviced as the guarding of the Lincoln Bethel #69, and also serviced one year as a Grand Bethel Officer.

Alice served on the Vesper Cemetery Board. She served as treasurer for the Vesper Men's Club, and worked hard to help maintain the gym building. Alice enjoyed playing bingo, and loved being with people.

 Alice was a good cook and she will be remembered for her butterscotch pies, fried chicken, the hot rolls she made for many years as a school cook, and her homemade dill pickles, as loved by her grandchildren.

Alice and Dutch were great sports fans and did not miss many games. They were responsible for making and donating all the banners that hung in the Sylvan gym honoring the school's state wins. Alice influenced the lives of many of the students in the Vesper and Sylvan schools. She was a mentor to one student in particular, Scott Kingery, of whom she was very proud. He is now the food supervisor in the Olathe School District.

After 57 years of being happily married, Dutch passed away on July 27, 1997.

On March 18, 2001, Alice married Leroy Gilmour of Sylvan. Alice and Leroy attended lots of craft shows that became their enjoyable business until Leroy was unable to continue making his pens, pencils, etc.

She is survived by: daughters Donna Meyer (Rupert) of Vesper, Lleanna Nelson (Dennis) of Agra, and Nancy Block of Hendersonville, TN; sisters Dorothy Meier of Lincoln, JoAnn Hemmer (Norman) of Topeka; brother William Meili (Larinda) of Lincoln; grandchildren Peggy Cooksey (Randy) of Oakley, Sonya Zachgo (Bobby) of Vesper, Piper Ward (Troy) of Agra, Nikki Ost (Kevin) of Mankato, Jeffrey Nelson of Diller, NE, and Dante Schuckman of Hendersonville, TN; great-grandchildren Robert Cooksey of Oakley, Alicia Cooksey (Heath) of Wichita, Shawn Venters (Kristel) of Salina, Craig Venters (Melissa) of Emporia, Bailey Ward of Agra, Clay Ward of Agra, Meili Ost of Mankato, and Nicholas Nelson of Diller, NE; and great-great-grandchildren Kyla Venters of Salina, and Rhylee Venters of Emporia. She is also survived by: stepchildren Clair Gilmour (Jackie), Debi Hoyt, Linda Schmidt (Karl) and Trish King (Todd); and step-grandchildren Phillip, Jonathan, Joshua, and Caleb Gilmour, Jason Green, and Tanner and Trapper King. She was preceded in death by her great-grandson Matthew Cooksey; parents; first spouse Dutch Block; sister Wilma Meili Block; brothers Ray Meili, Robert Meili, and Albert Rippie; and second spouse Leroy Gilmour.

Alice wanted to remember her special nurses who gave her such loving care at Lincoln County Hospital, as well as her niece Barbara Hollis, her sister Dorothy Meier, and Junior Sorensen for the extra loving care they gave her while she was in the hospital.

Visitation - 1-7:00 P.M. Thursday, August 9th, at Hall Chapel. Family will be present 5-7:00 P.M.

Service - 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 10th, at Hall Chapel with interment following in Vesper Cemetery.

Memorials - Sylvan Presbyterian Church, Lincoln United Methodist Church, Lincoln County Hospital

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