Alice M. McCool, age 92, of Cambridge died March 17, 2012 at GracePointe Commons. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, MARCH 26th at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with Chaplain Len Ochowicz officiating. A visitation will be held on hour prior to the service. Interment will be in North Isanti Baptist Cemetery.
Alice was born on May 11, 1919 to Rafael and Vasti Martinez in Black Lake, New Mexico and was their only child. After growing up on a ranch in northern New Mexico, Alice attended the Menaul School in Albuquerque, NM, where she met her future husband, Ollon McCool. After their marriage in 1940, Alice and Ollon moved to the Washington D.C. area, where Ollon worked for the Department of the Army. They finally settled in a Maryland suburb of the city, where they raised their five children and remained for the next 50 years.
Aside from raising a family, Alice also enjoyed sewing and gourmet cooking. Much of the family life revolved around the church and related activities. During these years, they also built an ocean-front house in Nags Head, NC, which family and friends enjoyed for decades. Finally, mention must be made of Alice and Ollon’s deep affection for the several generations of Welsh Corgi’s who were their constant companions throughout much of the latter part of their life.
In 1990, Ollon and Alice relocated to Cambridge, MN, close to their daughter Melissa and her family. But they could not be long separated from the Atlantic and spent the winter months in an ocean-front condo in Myrtle Beach, SC. In 2006, Ollon and Alice moved to a townhome at RiverHills (later named GracePointe Crossing) in Cambridge, where Alice remained until 2010, when she moved into the GracePointe Memory Care Unit.
Alice died on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at GracePointe Commons at the age of 92 years, 10 months and 6 days. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Ollon in 2008 and her oldest son, Michael.
Alice is survived by her four children, Patricia Greene of Buffalo, NY, Melissa Deneen of Cambridge, MN Colleen McCool of Arlington, VA, Kevin McCool of Bayfield, WI; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and by many friends.