Alice Grace Hayer Laurick passed away peacefully on September 5, 2021, after a short, courageous battle with several serious illnesses. Alice was born on August 3, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. She lived her early years in Brookfield, Illinois, where she met her future husband, Edward Henry Laurick, while attending Riverside Brookfield High School. After graduating from high school, Alice enrolled in nurses’ training, earning her license as a Registered Nurse. On October 4, 1946, Ed and Alice were married.
Until 1978, Ed and Alice lived in the Midwest, primarily in Ralston, Nebraska, and the Chicago area, where Alice was a mother and a nurse, working at the Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois. Immediately after retirement, Ed and Alice pursued a life of volunteerism. They served for two years on the Navajo Reservation in Utah with VISTA where Alice tutored student nurses who were studying for their state board exams. They then worked for two years in Guatemala with the Peace Corps where Alice was a nurse in a rural clinic. Thereafter, they moved to the Oregon Coast and owned and operated a 20-unit lodge in Yachats for almost 25 years. After selling the lodge in 2005, they relocated to Stayton, Oregon, where they continued to be active in the community and tutored students in Spanish and English.
Alice is survived by her daughter, Catherine Laurick Heaton; her son, Thomas Laurick; her son, James Laurick and wife Amy; her granddaughters Laura Heaton and husband Conor Phillips, Jane Heaton and husband Evan Egener, Rachel Laurick, Macey Laurick; and her great-granddaughter Selma Alice Phillips Heaton. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, her parents James and Anna Hayer, her siblings Dorothy Nelson and Robert Hayer, and her son-in-law, Robert Heaton.
Alice will be remembered for her many fine qualities, especially for her devotion to her family, her passion for service to others, and her infectious, beautiful smile.