Alice Hall, 80 years of age, passed away on June 6, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado. She was greeted with open arms by waiting loved ones who had gone before her, including her beloved husband, Jim.
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Alice was born in West Allis, Wisconsin to Harley & Cynthia (Johnson) Hostrawser on July 20, 1938. Alice grew up the youngest of 10 children on a dairy farm in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Her favorite memories of the dairy farm included befriending the animals and picking and eating strawberries in the fields. Alice and Jim’s life together began when they met as teenagers in a roller skating rink. On December 28, 1955, they married in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Together, they enjoyed raising a family of four daughters, Kim, Jean, Cynthia, and Lisa. Jim was an avid bicyclist, encouraging Alice to join him and even making sure that she had all the appropriate gear which included a pink custom built Schwinn 10-speed. Eventually they took long-distance family bicycle trips with their four daughters to see the beautiful state of Wisconsin. Jim also worked for NCR in the development of the microfilm reader, which is what transferred them to New Jersey in 1968 and then to Colorado in 1973. In Colorado, they first lived in the Bear Valley area of Denver, but soon moved to Littleton. During their time in Denver, Alice worked in the retail and food industries. She managed the high-class department store, May D&F; served as a waitress at the Columbine Country Club; and managed the Denver Dry Goods Tea Room. The Denver Dry Goods building still stands as an iconic landmark on the corner of 16th & California Streets in downtown Denver, and the May D&F clock tower at 16th & Arapahoe is a reminder of her time in the retail business.
Alice was known as classy, coordinated, and cordial. She was always very dignified in her appearance. She created vivid and beautifully landscaped gardens; proudly took care of the home; and was caught “dressed to the nines” wherever she went. She was very fond of antique jewelry which Jim would spot and buy various pieces for her throughout her life. Jim and Alice also enjoyed restoring antique furniture together. Jim restored very old household pieces while Alice used her talents with tole painting techniques on these items. Alice adored her gardens; enjoyed her 70s red mustang; loved spending time in the majestic Colorado mountains; mastered the art of making delicious cream puffs; and loved and raised puppies and dogs throughout her entire life.
After Jim and Alice retired, they owned and operated the Westerner Motel in La Junta, Colorado. The inn housed many travelers along Highway 50 and was home to Alice’s dog grooming business, “The Paw Spa”, as well as a few animals and pieces of antique farm equipment in a petting zoo area. They loved to entertain their grandchildren at the motel during the summers. Jim and Alice then moved to Pueblo, Colorado where they would raise their granddaughter, Chaeli. During retirement Alice worked at Cracker Barrel, while Jim continued his love for toy cars and pedal cars. He collected and restored pedal cars, and bought and sold both pedal cars and other collectible toy cars. Alice eventually found her way to Greeley by living with Chaeli after the passing of Jim. In Greeley, she and Chaeli enjoyed their time together with days that included going out to breakfast, visits and picnics to beautiful Glenmere Park, enjoying concerts of the Loveland Orchestra where Chaeli performed, and honoring Jim in memories and celebrations with friends and family.
Alice made a friend to everyone she met due to her charismatic personality. She and Jim made a lasting impact on their family members who continue to live out their legacy. Jim and Alice were role models for their family members teaching them about perseverance and hard work. Alice cherished those attributes in her own life and the lives of her family members. In particular, Alice was proudly a part of Chaeli’s growing up, her time as an undergraduate and graduate student, and her first teaching position. Chaeli as well as all of Alice’s family are grateful for their mother and grandmother’s constant love and support, and are honored to have been influenced by her nurture.
Alice is survived by her children, Jean (Mel) Gallegos, Cynthia Hall, and Lisa Ferguson; grandchildren, Jimmy Gallegos, Kimberly (Mike) Orris, Stella Gallegos, Matthew Venable, Michael Venable, Joe (Marie) Ferguson, and Chaeli Ferguson; great-grandchildren, Hannah Arestad, Chloe Spaulding, Breanna Gallegos, Jade Boyce, Kyle Venable, and Brittney Venable; siblings, Barbara (Dale) Mills, Allan Hostrawser; and a large and loving extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; daughter, Kim Hall; grandchild, Justin Ferguson; siblings, Pearl, Price, Dean, Glenn, Janice, William, and Joyce; and her parents.
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