GOODING â€” Alice Marie Ireton McCurdy Garnand, 97, a resident of Gooding, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Quail Ridge Assisted Living in Pocatello.
Alice was born July 31, 1916 in Carlton, Kansas to Elmer and Myrtle Baxter Ireton. She joined older sister Mary Arlene and her younger sister Marjorie followed. Alice spent her early years in Kansas before the family migrated to Idaho. Her dad was searching for employment opportunities and had intended to join family in Jerome, Idaho. When the car broke down in Pocatello, the family changed their plans and put down roots in the Blackfoot area.
Alice was a â€śtomboy,â€ť enjoying hunting and fishing. She loved to camp and be out in the woods. Her family was very close and cherished these â€śoutdoorâ€ť times together. She was a crack shot as witnessed by her son-in-law Don many years later.
Alice attended schools in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1935. She loved school and received high grades. She was the co-captain of the womenâ€™s basketball team as well as playing tennis, participating in the math club, and playing the violin. She also caught the eye of a young man named Charles and fell in love.
Alice and Charles Peter McCurdy were wed in 1937. For the first four years of their married life Charles was a section foreman for the UPRR and Alice happily became a railroaderâ€™s wife, living in a section house in Serro Grande and Tabor. Their first child, Charles Gary, was born in 1941 followed by a sister, Janice Margene, in 1944. They lived in the Idaho desert, returning to Blackfoot for the kids to go to school. Charles continued with the railroad but commuted to Tabor.
While living in Blackfoot, Alice had a rich life as a wife and mother. She was very involved with her children, never missing their events. She was also very active in the Blackfoot 4th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She helped paint the new church, showing no fear while painting the ceiling at the top of the ladder! She served as the ward sports director coaching the young womenâ€™s softball team and winning the LDS stake womenâ€™s softball championship.
She worked to help support the family, picking potatoes, strawberries and raspberries. She and her picking partner would average 300 sacks of potatoes a day! She did a lot of home canning and gardening. Her kids still remember brushing away cobwebs in the cool cellar to retrieve jars of freshly canned fruits and vegetables.
In 1954, the family moved to Firth where Charles took over as section foreman for that area. Alice became the Firth postmistress and continued in the position until 1967. She also worked in the local drug store. She still continued picking potatoes, now with Gary and Janice working alongside. As her children grew and became more active in school and sports, Alice became a cheerleader. She had many favorite stories about her children and their specific events that she told liberally.
Charles passed away in 1965. Alice stayed in Firth during this difficult time. A girlfriend from her high school basketball team introduced her to Ivan Garnand, who was recently widowed. Ivan had three children, Robert, Shari and Joan. Joan was still living at home. The girlfriend was Ivanâ€™s sister. Alice and Ivan had known each other in high school and rekindled their friendship. It blossomed and they were wed in 1967.
They settled on Ivanâ€™s farm in Twin Falls and moved to a farm in Bliss shortly thereafter. Alice became a farmerâ€™s wife with ease. She helped Ivan continue to raise Joan and became a cheerleader once again. Alice worked hand-in-hand with Ivan raising beefaloe and tending assorted crops. She continued with her passion for gardening and canning. She could set siphon tubes better than most. Her skills as a farmerâ€™s wife earned her the recognition as the "Idaho Farm Bureau Farm Wife of the Yearâ€ť. Alice enjoyed craft work, playing pinochle and was active in the Bliss Flower and Garden Club. Alice continued her passion for flowers and gardening as they moved to Gooding.
Alice and Ivan continued to farm in Gooding for many years. Janice and Don returned to the area after retirement and built a home next to the farm. Ivan passed away in 2004. Alice remained on the farm spending more and more time at Janice and Donâ€™s home across the field. She eventually lived with them until moving to Pocatello in 2012.
Alice moved to assisted living in Pocatello and enjoyed the company of her son Gary and Marlys and many grandchildren in the Pocatello area. She loved to go for rides and many afternoons were spent roving the hills of Bannock County. She was widely renowned for her decorated pine cones and was always on the prowl for more.
The many caregivers at Quail Ridge and the Encompass hospice workers were a tremendous comfort in her final months. When Alice passed away on April 5, 2014, we all knew she was returning to the arms of her Heavenly Father and all of her loved ones waiting. The loss of our Mother, Grandmother, and Friend leaves a hole in our hearts. She was well-loved and cherished.
Alice is survived by her 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 16 great- grandchildren: Son - Charles Gary (Marlys) McCurdy of Pocatello Idaho (and their family; Kary (Craig - deceased) Kjesbo and son, Ethan of Hailey, Idaho; Thomas McCurdy and children, Sage and Madeline of Pocatello, Idaho; Steven (Francis) McCurdy of Glasgow, Scotland; Michelle (Jeff) Orgill and children, Tyler, Simone, Scott, and Paige of Pocatello, Idaho; Jason (Billi) McCoy and son, Kolby of Chubbuck, Idaho; Cord (Angie) McCurdy and sons, Caden, Carson and Alec of Pocatello, Idaho; Christopher (Brittany)McCoy and daughter, Harper of Edmond, Okla.; Elisa (Cary) Provence and daughters, Bell, Kennedy, and Charleigh of Yukon, Okla.): daughter - Janice (Don) Lemons of Gooding, Idaho: daughter - Shari (Jim) Stewart (and daughter, Shauna Hanel of Tidewater, Ore.): son - Robert Garnand of Grand Junction, Colo.: and daughter - Joan (Bill) Whitacre of Eagle, Idaho.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Demaray Funeral Service â€“ Gooding Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Gooding with visitation at the church beginning at 9 a.m. A committal service will follow at 3:30 pm at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service â€“ Gooding Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.