Alice Merle Learned of Odessa, Texas, passed from this life June 6, 2018 at the age of 90. She was born February 13, 1928 in Pontiac, Illinois, the daughter of Virgil Hale and Anna Willhoite.
Alice was the mother of four children, a member of the Methodist Church and a good friend to many. She enjoyed playing table games, challenging all comers and winning frequently. Her passion was garage sales, estate sales and collecting a wide range of treasures.
Alice is preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Wickham and Don Learned; her sister, Virgie Priest and brother, Hugh Hale; grandson, Christopher Buergey.
She is survived by one son, Gregory Wickham of Phoenix, Arizona and three daughters, Alice Howe of Yuma, Arizona, Laurie Wickham of San Clemente, California and Marilyn Buergey of Lakewood, Ohio; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of friends.
The family of Alice Learned will hold a Memorial Service at First United Methodist Church, 415 N. Lee, Odessa, Tx, June 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM, with Reverend Karin Carlson and Jody Wallin officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences please sign her guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Alice was a force to be reckoned with. Her indomitable spirit became a great inspiration to me. Once, my mother and I took food to her house, for an easy meal...one where Alice could simply sit down, eat and visit and maybe play a game or two. When we arrived, Alice had set the table with two coordinating tablecloths and place mats, condiments of every kind, plates atop chargers, linen napkins and gleaming flatware. After our visit, as Mom and I drove home, Mom said, "That Alice! She sure makes me feel like a slacker!" I said, "Mom, Alice makes us ALL feel like slackers." I pray that someday I'll have that same "never quit" attitude that Alice had. She was kind and generous. Knowing her made me a better person. My prayers for comfort and happy memories are with her family at this time.
Marla CooperOdessa, TX