Alice Lorene McClaskey Lead

In Loving Memory of

Alice Lorene Lead

April 7, 1923 – April 24, 2012

     Alice Lorene Lead, a longtime resident of the Raymond area, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2012 at Montesano Health and Rehablitation Center.
Alice moved to the area with her husband and seven children in 1962.  Throughout the years Alice was best known for her gardening (she had quite a green thumb); was an expert seamstress (she made prom dresses and wedding dresses for her daughters); and while raising all those kids managed to keep an immaculate house.
In 1976 her husband of 35 years, William John Lead,  passed away Alice chose to stay in the area and was able to watch her grandchildren grow.  She lived a modest life but was rich in family.  With her family close she had much love and attention.
Survivors include sons John (Janice) of Aberdeen, Ray of South Bend, and Leon (Jill) of Raymond.  Her daughters are Jane Cardwell of South Bend, Linda Fisher of Chehalis, Cathey (Kevin) McMurry of Raymond, and Jerry (Larry) Williams of South Bend.  She leaves behind 19 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren with one on the way.
The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care and assistance of the staff at Alder House, the Willapa Harbor Hospital and the expertise of her physician, Dr. Michael Buben.  After sufferng an aneurysm in 1992, Alice spent the next 20 years getting better and moving through a series of facilities.
Mom was the strongest woman we have ever known. She battled back from her aneurysm learning to walk, talk, and read again and being able to take short auto trips to Oregon to visit her sisters.  Her residences included Forest Manor (Chehalis), Alder House (South Bend) Willapa Harbor Care Center (Raymond), Peace & Quiet Family Home (Pe Ell), Cooks Hill Manor (Centralia), back to Alder House and her final residence was Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Disposition was by cremation.  A private memorial will be held at a later date.
In honor of Alice, donations may be made to Willapa Helping Hands, P.O. Box 105, Lebam, WA 98554



You were a wife, a mother, a grandma too… 
Our lives were richer because of you.
A stronger person would be hard to find.
And in your heart, you were always kind.

For all of us, you gave your best.
Now has come the time for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep.
Your love in our hearts we’ll eternally keep.

John, Ray, Leon, Jane, Linda, Cathey, and Jerry

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