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Obituary: Alice B. Crissman

Alice B. Crissman, 96, was an award winning painter and world traveler who died on July 19, 2012.

Alice B. Crissman

Alice B. Crissman quietly passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012 after a long and eventful life of 96 years. Longevity runs in the family. Her father passed at 100, mother at 97, brother, Olin at 90 and older sister, Louise, at 96.

Crissman was born on June 30, 1916 in Ionia, MI. She attended Michigan State University. Before she retired, she worked as a waitress on great lakes cruise ships as a young woman, a florist in Libertyville, IL, and a retail sales person for custom draperies in Alliance, OH.

In retirement, Crissman kept busy with an array of pursuits: She loved volunteering at her church, gardening, raising orchids, fishing, golfing, camping and traveling, especially. She had been to all 50 states, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and China by the time of her passing.

She was also an accomplished painter, working in several media including oil, pastels and watercolor and entered her works in art exhibitions. Recently, she was awarded second place in the Leading Age Regional Art & Writing Show through Swan Creek Retirement Village. Her piece will now go to the state exhibition in Columbus. 

Crissman is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William.

She is survived by sons Ronald and Robert (Jacquelyn); grandchildren, Ericka, Danielle and Ben Crissman and great grandchild, Alana. She is also survived by a twin sister, Agnes, an older sister, Florence (97) and her sister-in-law, Beverly.

Anyone wishing to honor Crissman is asked to send memorials to Burnsville's  or the Burnsville Senior Center. A funeral service was held on Monday July 23, 2012 at her church. She was interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Source: White Funeral Homes

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