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Alice Marie Hale

Alice Marie (Coleman) Hale, age 85, of Bloomington, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at the Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington, with her daughter, Bev, and granddaughter, Lindsy, by her side.

Alice was born Dec. 16, 1920, to Joseph and Amy Coleman in Dassel. Although she moved to Minneapolis with her family, she continued to enjoy summers at the family farm in Dassel.

Alice attended North High School, graduated in 1939, and continued her education at the Minnesota School of Business. She was a strong, adventurous, and independent career woman, who held challenging office positions with Church World Service, B. B. D. &O. Advertising Firm, and General Mills, Inc. in Minneapolis and San Francisco.

Alice married H. E. Hale in San Francisco, Calif. and had three children: Barbara, Beverly, and Michael. She and her family moved to Edina in 1956, where they were active members of Christ Presbyterian Church.

A woman ahead of her time, Alice was creatively practical and used great ingenuity while enjoying household projects: electrical and plumbing repairs, sewing and decorating, gardening and yard projects. She also enjoyed golf, roller skating, dancing, traveling, and organizing senior citizen groups.

Alice was very inventive. She designed the family cabin in a shoebox (which was built on Lake Crookneck in Motley); and later in her life, she worked tirelessly on her design and patent research for new equipment to help people with severe physical limitations.

She was not afraid to share her passion for lifelong learning, her love of music, and her strong work ethic with her family members: three children, Barb Tucker of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Bev Halleckson of Prior Lake, and Michael Hale of Minneapolis; six grandchildren, Zara, Meggi and Kaehn Hale, and Lindsy Halleckson, all of Minneapolis, Andrea Gannon of Mt. Vernon, Wash., and Mike Tucker of Spokane, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Gannon of Mt. Vernon, Wash.

Even in dying, mom continued her work by donating her remains to the Anatomy Bequest Program at the U of M for medical research. Upon research completion, a private memorial service and interment will take place at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements are by the Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel.

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