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Alice Nellie Bixler

November 11, 1922 — February 7, 2017

Alice Nellie Bixler, daughter of Elmer Oren (Tim) and Nellie Ann (Roberts) Bixler was born November 11, 1922, in Adams Co., near Carl, Iowa. She was the youngest of eight children. She passed away February 7, 2017, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa, at the age of 94 years.
Alice grew up on a farm east of Carl and attended Carl Township Country School #5. After finishing 8th grade, she moved to Des Moines with her sister, Mildred and attended North High School, graduating in 1941. After graduating, she attended business school and worked in the Des Moines area for 12 years, being employed by Look Magazine in the subscription dept., and then by American Mutual Life Ins. Co. Starting in 1955, she began employment with Braniff Airways, working in the Denver and Kansas City offices for 27 years before retiring. In 2002, she moved to Atlantic, Iowa, to be closer to family and in 2014, she moved to caring Acres in Anita, Iowa.
Alice was baptized in the Carl Methodist Episcopal Church as a young child. Alice had many interests. She loved to cook and entertain family and friends (remember the banana bread and homemade candy?) She never went to visit empty handed. She was a great seamstress, making most of her own clothing during her working years. She liked knitting, crocheting, astrology, and games. She was a great fan of “Dancing with the Stars”. During WWII, she was a member of the USO and volunteered at Camp Dodge and at the Des Moines Veterans’ Hospital where she played cards, wrote letters, and did what she could to brighten the lives of the veterans. She loved to travel and took many trips. She especially loved South America. She was blessed with 4 generations of nieces and nephews and tried to keep in contact with each of them. Her favorite color was red and she owned 2 red cars.
She is survived by two sisters, Leah Chafa of Lenox, IA and Elsie Anderson of Villisca, IA. Her surviving nieces and nephews are Earlene Krauth of Massena, IA, Karen Palumbo of Coralville, IA, Richard Cordle of Waukee, IA, Donald Chafa of West Des Moines, IA, Delmar Chafa of Corning, IA, Dennis Chafa of Mountain Home, AK, Eleanor Romine of Caseyville, IL, Leland Anderson of LaVista, NE, Howard Anderson of Nodaway, IA, Gerald Wilson, Bonnie Denny, Anita Piersma, and Nancy Wilson of Washington State.
She was preceded in death by brothers, E. Earl Bixler and Henry Bixler and sisters, Mildred Cordle, Lois Kingery, and Eslie Wilson. Nieces and nephews preceding her in death were Earnest Bixler, Judy Bixler Boyer, Leta Chafa Norcross, Marilyn Kingery Harder, Chester Kingery, Grace Ann Kingery, and Gary Anderson.

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