Sept. 16,1921-Dec. 24, 2004
HERMISTON -The funeral service for Alice S. Marshall will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston. Private burial will be at the Island City, Ore., cemetery.
Mrs. Marshall, 83, of Hermiston, died Friday, Dec., 24, 2004, at home.
She was born Sept. 16, 1921, at Stillwater, Okla., to John and Grace Gray Smith. She was raised and attended schools at Edmunds, Okla. She graduated from Oklahoma University with a bachelor of arts degree in foreign language.
She married Edward E. Marshall and they moved to Kennewick, Wash., then lived in Southern California for a time before returning to Kennewick where she worked as a secretary for Jim French in an insurance office until her retirement. Then the Marshalls moved to Hermiston.
Mrs. Marshall enjoyed reading and loved poetry. She had earned election to the International Poetry Hall of Fame by the National Library of Poetry and received the Hall of Fame Trophy Medallion. She had written and published 35 sonnets by November 2002. This was quite an accomplishment since she did not start writing poetry until after her husband's death in May 1991.
Mrs. Marshall was also said to have a great sense of humor, which she attributed to being so short. She had said, "I am four feet, eight inches. My brothers are both six foot. I was the oldest and the runt. I got lots of teasing."
She had volunteered at the Hermiston Good Samaritan Center every morning for many years.
Survivors include her brother, Kenneth Smith of Flower Mountain, Texas; several nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward; and brother, Shelby Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.