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Alice Elaine Beetz, July 27, 1946~October 20, 2016

Alice Elaine Beetz, 70, of Fayetteville died Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Fayetteville.  She was born July 27, 1946 in Mendota, IL. to Paul and Doris Beardsley Beetz.

She was an agricultural consultant for ATTRA.

Alice is survived by a sister, Leslie Althaus and husband, Richard of Mendota, IL; sister, Martha Fouts of Woodland Park, CO; brother, Stephen Beetz and wife, Svetlana of Mendota, IL; sister, Barbara Melchiorre and husband, David of Wilmette, IL. and a sister, Sally Raccuglia and fiancé, Stephen Rhoades of Boulder, CO.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel.

Private interment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Fayetteville Senior Center or the charity of your choice.

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    Dian Sarratt » 21. Oct, 2016

    I am so sorry to hear of Alice passing! I was associated with her through business, but truly loved to see her coming in my door! We had this back and forth banter that made us smile even when not together! I will always remember her smile and her good mood even when in pain and agony! RIP Friend Alice!

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    Nancy Hartney » 21. Oct, 2016

    I hold fond memories of working with Alice in the University’s old Hotz Hall which housed ATTRA, International Agriculture, and Spring Language Institute. I loved running into Alice at Wal-Mart near the dairy case where we caught up on news. I relished seeing her face – smiling and adventuresome despite pain. Take joy in her life well lived.

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    Linda Coffey » 21. Oct, 2016

    To the family of Alice Beetz: I am so very sorry for your loss. I am also sorry I will not be able to attend tonight, as I would love to meet all her siblings. I loved hearing her talk about all of you. Martha, she used to send me your writings of your work in Africa. She was very proud of all of you, and of your parents.

    I so enjoyed Alice! We worked together at NCAT; afterwards, we tried to get together for lunch sometimes to catch up. She had a way of listening, of giving her full and loving attention; and then also sometimes she would get that twinkle in her eye and say something witty and crack everyone up. I admired her strength, integrity, compassion, kindness, and –for lack of a better word–light. I saw her battle Guillian-Barre and cancer, and the loss of her parents. I saw her enthusiasm for family and travel and LIFE and music and friends and gardens.

    I do not believe she is gone. She’s moved to a paradise. I will miss her. My condolences to all her friends and family. I feel blessed by knowing her.

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    Rex Dufour » 21. Oct, 2016

    Alice was a very kind soul, fun to work with (a good ATTRA-bute), and very fun to play volleyball with. Her family should know that she had many, many friends in Fayetteville and elsewhere. Where ever you are, Alice, Keep on Smiling!

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    Sue (Althaus) & Bob Heimburger » 21. Oct, 2016

    We have known Alice (and her family) for decades and have always enjoyed her enthusiastic, realistic approach to life. Even when she was having such problems this summer, she came to Mendota, IL, in August for the Sweet Corn Festival and to celebrate her 70th birthday; so many people eagerly and happily stopped by to visit with her. Alice maintained her dazzling smile the entire time and gave all of us the opportunity to see her again, chat with her, and give her big, gentle hugs. She fought valiantly against her many health issues and is a wonderful model of “grace under fire”. She was an inspiration and will be remembered with a smile by all who knew and loved her. Sympathy and hugs to her family, extraordinary friends, and co-workers.

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    Marna Noland » 21. Oct, 2016

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news, my heart truly hurts. I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Alice during my 4 years with NCAT. She was a delight to know and work with. I will never forget her beautiful smile and spirit. She was always so thoughtful, she would bring me flowers for my desk after the farmer’s market. (I LOVED the smell and beauty of them and she KNEW it!) I will carry those fond memories of her with me and in my heart always. My prayers and thoughts are with the entire family during this time. I was blessed to call her friend, she will be greatly missed.