Alice Marshall, 89, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died peacefully on March 6, 2017, surrounded by her family and under Loyola, Brookdale-OP and Seasons Hospice care. Born in Ludlow, Massachusetts on Dec. 11, 1927, she was her high school's class valedictorian and graduated from UMass-Amherst with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.
She worked as a U.S. Department of Agriculture food inspector for two years before making her career move to mother and eventually to becoming the matriarch of a large family. She volunteered for decades for St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish and for 30 years at the Economy Shop as well. Her motto was, "Shop Oak Park."
She took up golf after her children were grown and won her fair share of trophies at the Oak Park Country Club.
Alice Marshall is survived by James Marshall, her husband of 65 years; her sister, Florence Brannon; her sisters-in-law, Margaret (Otis) Signer and Mary (Howard) Shultis; her sons, Tom and Jim (Kathi) Marshall; her daughters, Anne (Angel Kustief) and Fran Marshall and Mary (Pete) Blanc; her grandchildren, Paula and Rosemary, Mike, Troy and Jeff (Eka Imerlishvili) Marshall, Erin Dobey, Lily and Jack Nikolas, Kaitlin (Randy) Porter, Lauren and Gen Blanc, and Allison (Luke) Burrier and their great-granddaughters, Penny and Maggie; and by her many nieces and nephews and their families who visited often from both East and West coasts. She was preceded in death by two sons, Paul and John (Pam) Marshall, and by her sister, Marion (Paul) Scholten.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 8 from 3 until 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish at Austin and Washington boulevards in Oak Park, Rev. George Omwando presiding. Private burial will follow at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery.
The family appreciates memorial donations to the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry, www.oprffoodpantry.org/give.