March 26, 2020
Born October 29, 1924, on the family farm near Endicott, the eighth of twelve children born to Adam V. and Mary Elizabeth Gerlitz Morach, Alice passed from this life on the 15th of March, 2020, at the age of 95 years.
In her long life she experienced the world of the depression, the second world war, and the life of a mother and farm wife. She spent her first few years after graduating high school as a nanny for the family of Dr. Randall Henry, living in Santa Barbara and Chicago for a time. Returning to Endicott after the war years ended, she married Dale Edward Stover on September 28, 1948, and devoted her life to caring for her husband, children, grand and great-grandchildren.
Her fond memories included Sunday dinners with her family growing up, when the whole family would gather at home after church, glorious days on the beach in Santa Barbara, going to the dances in Winona with Dale and raising her children. She baked her little heart out - treating all who stopped by to cookies around the kitchen table. She gardened prodigiously, raising veggies to feed her family and flowers to ornament her life. Corn stalks and peonies, pumpkins for the grandchildren, chrysanthemums and irises seemed always to be about. She even raised a small flock of sheep!
She reveled in the times her grandchildren spent with her, loving them and taking them swimming in Endicott and fishing at Pampa Pond or the Snake River. She and Dale loved reading to them in the evenings. In her later years, she enjoyed trips to the Oregon Coast with her children and a visit to sunny Phoenix! She loved dining out and her trips to the Top Notch and coffee with the ladies in Endicott.
Her parents, brothers and sisters, Adam, Esther, Walter, Leah, Margaret, Lucille, Clyde, Raymond, Randall and Ruth went before her and waited patiently. She lost her dear daughter Barbara in 2008, and her beloved husband in 2010.
She is survived by her son, Fred of Spokane; daughter-in-law, Cindy; granddaughter, Gloria in Texas; and grandson, Ryan; step-grands, Jessica, Ashley, and Bethany all in Spokane; by her daughter, Diane of Auburn; son-in-law, Mike Repp; granddaughter, Kate (Mark Carson) of Scottsdale; great-grandchildren, Ryder and Jovie; granddaughter, Kimberley (Tim Gordon); great-grandson, Oliver of Edmonton, Canada; son-in-law, Matt Rutt; grandson, Matthew Rutt of Richland; her brother, Floyd; a plethora of nieces and nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews, whom she loved immensely; her sisters-in-law, Myrna and Bev Morasch and brother-in-law, Bob Bafus. We feel so blessed that she was surrounded by the love of her family at our fabulous gathering last summer. Donations in her memory may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Endicott, Wa or a charity of your choice.
Due to the current very real concerns about the health of everyone, a private graveside service will be held and a memorial will take place when the situation allows in Endicott.