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Title: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Laura H on July 31, 2016, 08:27:07 AM
We have some sad news for the MWC community. We've lost our Alice.

Those of you who have been around awhile will know long time Moderator Alice, A Country Gal.  Alice loved the forum and spent more hours here than anyone. She passed away this weekend and we miss her terribly.

Alice loved writing and keeping us all in line on the boards, but more than anything she loved her family. We hope they find comfort knowing that she was beloved by many people she never even met in person.

It's been just under four months since Alice told the other moderators that she was sick and likely not coming back. She broke it to us by recounting a dream about her old dog, Rusty, long gone.



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Rusty came to visit me this morning, at least I think it was him. Whoever it was only stayed a split second, just long enough for me to see his size and color.

It could be because I’ve been thinking more about seeing him soon and once again being able to take our walks and simply enjoy each other and nature. I dare say there will be a whole gathering to meet and greet me consisting of both two and four footed friends when the time comes."

We'll miss you, Alice.  :'(
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Tom 10 on July 31, 2016, 08:54:18 AM
Thanks for sharing the quote, Laura.  It is so characteristically Alice in so many ways. 
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Matt Walker on July 31, 2016, 09:03:40 AM
Alice was always so kind and helpful as both a mod and member, and shall be so missed. :-(
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Vienna on July 31, 2016, 10:45:25 AM
Alice will be missed. Hope she has some good times with Rusty. Thoughts are with her family.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: heidi52 on July 31, 2016, 11:04:18 AM
 :'( :'( :'(

Alice, I can see you walking with Rusty on a beautiful Texas day, and there to greet you are the people and things you loved most.

 :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Simple Things on July 31, 2016, 11:08:59 AM
:(

I will miss you, Alice. In the heart of Texas, go wander.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Annmarie on July 31, 2016, 11:34:36 AM
So sad to learn this. RIP, sheriff.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Nick on July 31, 2016, 12:31:55 PM
Sad news indeed. Alice gave so much to the MWC community and never expected anything in return. Rest in peace, Alice.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Mastafrank on July 31, 2016, 01:36:44 PM
Rest in Peace Alice :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Gyppo on July 31, 2016, 04:09:56 PM
Definitely a Lady.  I enjoyed our conversations, both on the circle and via PMs.

Quite clearly a life well-lived.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: fire-fly on July 31, 2016, 05:06:57 PM
Alice, you touched all of us greatly. Your love for your sons and their families was boundless and listening to your Mother stories is something we all enjoyed so very much, thank you.  :-* :-*

I will miss you my friend, find Ma, The Barren and Skipster and knock the top off a Grey Goose my lady  :-* :-*

Rusty will guide your path and I am missing you, we all are but we are all glad you are no longer suffereing  :'( :'(

Love you Texas Rose  :-*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LArGlfEVYqM
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Dawn on July 31, 2016, 05:45:14 PM
Oh, Alice, my friend. You will be so greatly missed. Go have that party with Ma, Skip and anyone else who has sadly passed. Dance the fandango dear buddy.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Skylan on July 31, 2016, 10:45:14 PM
Alice, even though you aren't here anymore, I want to believe you are reading this somehow. That you are out there somewhere right now, with Skip, and Ma, and Rusty. And that you know how many people will miss you, and how much they will miss you. Thank you for all the time you chose to spend here with us. You're a heck of a gal, and I hope we will speak again someday, because I still need your approval on that cookie recipe you gave me. :'(
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: DistantSun on July 31, 2016, 11:58:48 PM
Skip and Ma will definitely give her a rousing welcome.

I'm so grateful I was able to cross paths with her on here, both as a regular member and during my time as a mod. One of my favourite things about her was her deep love of nature, whether it be animals or flowers. We had quite a few conversations about that sort of thing.

RIP Alice  :'(
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Mrs N on August 01, 2016, 06:00:29 AM
Just learned the sad news of Alice passing.

She was such a lovely, helpful person, especially when as a newby I didn't know my arse from my elbow. I still have the longest PM ever where

she broke down instructions on how to set up a competition. Must have taken her forever. Especially when I asked for clarification a million times.

And she still managed to make me feel okay, and not the dumb ass I was!


Thank you, Alice. You are remembered fondly xx



Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: midnight candle on August 01, 2016, 07:49:10 AM
I always feel I have lost a close dear friend when somebody dies here. Alice was a lovely woman - always willing to help anybody. I'll miss her.  :'(
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 01, 2016, 01:59:37 PM
Oh, Alice. I'd say her departure leaves a hole, but that hole is nothing compared to how much she's filled our lives. She's been a constant motivator in my life, and I'll never forget her.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Jo Bannister on August 01, 2016, 02:37:23 PM
I am so sorry to learn of Alice's death.  So the Country Gal has headed up to the high country.  They're lucky to get her.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Mastafrank on August 01, 2016, 05:16:44 PM
Thought of her today :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Spell Chick on August 02, 2016, 04:06:53 PM
Dearest Alice,

You were an original. One of a kind. Strong and gentle.
May you rest in peace.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: fire-fly on August 03, 2016, 09:16:53 AM
A service will be held in Texas for Alice this Saturday. If there is anyone wishing to attend, her son Rick will come across and post the address. Add your interest to this thread if you would like the information.
Title: Re: Sticky: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: hillwalker3000 on August 03, 2016, 05:08:49 PM
Another sad day. But she'll live on in our hearts. I always pictured her in my mind as a cute cowgirl at home in the high chaparral of her dreams.

H3K
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: DGSquared on August 16, 2016, 06:47:56 AM
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    We were on vacation, camping out in the Oregon country when I received this sad news so was unable
    to keep a connection long enough to contribute a decent tribute for our sweet Alice. 
    Much of the area made me think of Texas and Alice until we moved down into the Redwoods. 

    I stood in a foggy mist in the middle of a fern carpeted, coastal Redwood forest as the afternoon sun
    streaked ethereal rays through the tall trees. I was in awe.

    As I sat here last night, reflecting on that moment, my breath caught in my throat because it struck me
    that those rays of light could be heavenly bodies, spirits, if you will, dancing atop the branches of
    Redwood trees, the tallest living things on Earth.

    I do believe we have an energy, a spirit that doesn't die with the body and that there is a collective,
    higher power or place. I have to believe there is something beyond this life. The thoughts of all of those
    we’ve lost, having freedom to frolic in treetops on their way to wherever they may be going, free from the
    weight and worries of the world is comforting. Alice being the most recent in the forefront led me to think
    that her spirit was able to glimpse all of the beautiful places she had yet to see on this Earth before she
    embarked into the next journey. Angels adorn Christmas trees, why not Redwoods? They are every bit as magical.

    Alice had a yellow rose way about her that was kind, gentle, and lady-like. She
    was special to us for many reasons.
   
    This phenomenon of family and the camaraderie most of us feel in our connections here at My Writer’s
    Circle with people we have never met is magical and it makes the forum feel like home – a safe haven to
    return to time and again. We bear our souls here and reveal secrets that writers dare reveal and at the
    same time we feel the loss of one of our own profoundly. 

    Alice joins Tim the Red Barren, Skip, and Ma in that sacred place between the lines of the words they’ve
    written and exchanges we’ve made with them.
   
    We loved Alice without ever seeing her or having been in her presence which I’m sure would have drawn
    us to her more.

    I send my heart felt condolences to her entire family. To her sons, whom she was so proud of, I gather
    through conversations she and I had, that she raised you to be considerate, well mannered men. I hope you find
    that serves you well throughout your lives because she loved you completely and wanted you to be the
    best you could be.
 
    I will miss you Alice and I thank you for all of your reassuring words of wisdom and advice and for bringing calm to the storms.
   
    ~Deb
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Laura H on August 16, 2016, 07:05:44 AM
Lovely, Deb.  :'( :-*
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: fire-fly on August 16, 2016, 07:32:36 AM
 :-* :-*

What Laura said, Alice would be humbled by your beautiful words  :'(
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: DGSquared on August 16, 2016, 09:46:55 AM
Thank you Laura and FF. Isn't it a shame we don't say those words more often to the person who probably would appreciate them the most while they are still here with us?

On the other hand, if I wrote appreciations for everyone I appreciate, I would never be able to stop writing.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: TomJoad on August 16, 2016, 02:55:57 PM
I didn't know Alice.. but I can see where she would have made a large impact on the people she came into contact with on a daily basis.

That in itself should be a goal for all of us.. make a difference no matter how small you might think it is... go out and make a difference.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: fire-fly on August 16, 2016, 06:57:33 PM
Too true Tom  :)
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Catherine F on August 17, 2016, 04:13:06 PM
How sad! I'm so sorry about these news. I've been away not connected to internet and this comes as a shock. I wish I could have said good bye to this grand lady, so helpful and gentle and generous. May she have passed quietly, with no pain or suffering.
Sad day.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: fire-fly on August 17, 2016, 04:41:43 PM
 :-* :-*

Was a shock. Alice was supposed to stay forever
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: wanderer on August 17, 2016, 06:01:37 PM
We had a lot in common with Western writing and emailed often. Never knew she was ill and it certainly is sad to know.

I've been gone for a while and was shocked to hear about Ma also.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: fire-fly on August 17, 2016, 06:39:06 PM
Yes Bill, it all happened faster then you could believe. Cancer is a horrid thing my friend.  :'(
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Laura H on August 17, 2016, 07:30:02 PM
We had a lot in common with Western writing and emailed often. Never knew she was ill and it certainly is sad to know.

I've been gone for a while and was shocked to hear about Ma also.

Terrible circumstances, but it's good to see you, Wanderer. As FF said, it was all too fast for our Alice. She only found out she was sick a few months back.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Taylor on August 18, 2016, 07:24:49 PM
:-* :-*

Was a shock. Alice was supposed to stay forever

I heard Alice was ill. Was too shocked to say anything. Didn't like to believe it.

It must be true now she's gone.

I won't forget her.

Rest in peace, Country Gal.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: sitalakshmi on August 23, 2016, 03:36:53 AM
Oh dear...I can't believe this. Alice was the moderator who welcomed me to the circle. In the relatively short time I've been here, I know her to be kind, insightful and overall nice person. Never knew she was ill. Rest in peace, Alice. You will be missed.

I feel terrible for not knowing this news earlier. I do not check the coffee shop that often.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Recon One on August 23, 2016, 06:28:09 AM
I've floated in and out of here over the years under a couple of different avatars. At one point there was a period that I was constantly PM'ing Alice. She was a great person and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. My condolences to her family and to all her other friends.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Mastafrank on October 17, 2016, 12:54:46 PM
I'm truly sorry but MWC just isn't the same without Alice

I think of her everyday :-* :-* :-*

She must be giving Jonny Depp Nightmares now >:D  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: fire-fly on October 17, 2016, 01:32:35 PM
Ma was the Depp fan but I know what you mean mate. Miss them both heaps  :'(
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Mastafrank on October 17, 2016, 09:12:43 PM
Oops :o 8)
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: DGSquared on January 10, 2019, 01:45:12 AM
Alice's son, Rick shared this in Facebook. I only found it today but it's a beautiful picture of our lovely Alice.  http://https://www.facebook.com/alice.kiker?fref=hovercard&hc_location=none (https://www.facebook.com/alice.kiker)
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: R. L. Copple on January 14, 2019, 07:18:34 PM
Hi DG and other folk. Can't believe it has already been about two and a half years since she passed on. Time flies. Not sure why I never did do this, but I have a treat for you all. I did a slide-show of her life in pictures at her memorial service. I still have it, and uploaded it to my website for you folk to download and check out. It is a PowerPoint presentation, which means once you download it and open it up, you just have to hit F5 to watch the slideshow. The pictures will change automatically. If you don't have powerpoint, it will run fine in LibreOffice's (Open Office) version of PPt.  It's about 44 MGs which is why I need to put it into a link to download it. So, if you want to access it to remember her by, you can do so at this link. Note: the opening slide says she was born in 1942. I found out, at the memorial service, that it should have read 1940. Just a perception that was wrong I've had all my life. Duh. Anyway, it displays pictures of her through her life that are roughly in chronological order. Thanks again for all your prayers, as I'm preparing to head out to TX to attend the memorial my younger brother who died of cancer this past month. Following is the link:

http://www.rlcopple.com/images/Alice%20Kiker.ppt (http://www.rlcopple.com/images/Alice%20Kiker.ppt)

If the above doesn't post as a link, copy and paste it into your browser to download.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: nosuchmember on January 15, 2019, 07:27:34 PM
Hi DG and other folk. Can't believe it has already been about two and a half years since she passed on. Time flies. Not sure why I never did do this, but I have a treat for you all. I did a slide-show of her life in pictures at her memorial service. I still have it, and uploaded it to my website for you folk to download and check out. It is a PowerPoint presentation, which means once you download it and open it up, you just have to hit F5 to watch the slideshow. The pictures will change automatically. If you don't have powerpoint, it will run fine in LibreOffice's (Open Office) version of PPt.  It's about 44 MGs which is why I need to put it into a link to download it. So, if you want to access it to remember her by, you can do so at this link. Note: the opening slide says she was born in 1942. I found out, at the memorial service, that it should have read 1940. Just a perception that was wrong I've had all my life. Duh. Anyway, it displays pictures of her through her life that are roughly in chronological order. Thanks again for all your prayers, as I'm preparing to head out to TX to attend the memorial my younger brother who died of cancer this past month. Following is the link:

http://www.rlcopple.com/images/Alice%20Kiker.ppt (http://www.rlcopple.com/images/Alice%20Kiker.ppt)

If the above doesn't post as a link, copy and paste it into your browser to download.

I didn't know Alice but I read her blog....and have read many good things about her here at MWC. I'm sure her friends will be happy to see her picture.  Thank you for sharing the link.

I'm sorry to hear about your brother.

Jan
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: DGSquared on January 20, 2019, 04:21:26 AM
Thank you, Rick. I shared your link with your mom's friends who would have missed this, otherwise.
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Laura H on January 20, 2019, 07:18:16 PM
Thank you so much for sharing, Rick. I still think of Alice often -  she was a memorable lady who I will never forget. She was a force to be reckoned with here on MWC. You didn't have to meet her in real life to count her as a trusted friend.

My very best to you and all of Alice's family-

Laura
Title: Re: Alice, A Country Gal
Post by: Dwin on May 30, 2019, 08:10:57 AM
Alice lives on inside all of us who knew her, the world is sader for her leaving. Thanks for sharing the photo's Rick.