Alice was born in Van Buren, Arkansas on March 31, 1941. She passed away peacefully at home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on October 18, 2016 surrounded by her family.
Alice shared her life with her husband of 57 years, Robert “Bob” Kernen. From that union she mothered 12 children. For her family, this is their greatest loss, she was their rock. Alice was known and loved by so many people. She was kind, affectionate, wise, and had a love for sewing, crocheting, cooking, embroidery, bingo, traveling, and gardening; but most of all she LOVED her family.
Alice is survived by: Husband, Robert ‘Bob’ Kernen (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho & Alamosa, Colorado); daughters, Evelyn (Helder) Espinola (Alamosa, Colorado), Patsy (Wally) Van Der Wal (Southport, Queensland, Australia), Terrie (Steve) Kent (Edgewood, Washington), Tina Kernen (Luis) (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Faye Maestas (Coeur d’Alene), Dorothy (Gary) Woodruff (Lynnwood, Wash.); son, Bennie Kernen (Beth) (University Place, Wash.); sisters, Barbara (John, Bodey) Destefanis (Hollister, Calif.), Lucille (Oscar) Olivarez (Casa Grande, Ariz.); 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death and extending a loving welcome at the Pearly Gates; where they have awaited her famous enchiladas, French toast breakfasts, warm hugs and kisses, and stories of her babies, are: her parents, Goy and Ida Jolly, her two sets of twin boys, her son Robert “Bobby” Kernen, mother/father-in-law Elmer and Dorothy Kernen, grandson Christopher Lopez, great-grandson AJ Lopez, and son-in-law Ralph Nieves.
She is wished a loving and peaceful send off and Godspeed for her journey home to our heavenly father. She will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. on May 6 at the First Christian Church, First and State, Alamosa.
English Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
Please visit Alice’s online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com.