Alice Gwendolena Patras
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October 18, 1922 – October 26, 2020
Alice came into the world in a small block house at the north end of Lake George. She was born a country girl. At an early age the Kube family moved to the small farm east of Farwell, where she learned about self-reliance, hard work and the values a rural life teaches us.
She was a young lady and a self-professed tomboy. She and her siblings (Robert, James, Catherine and Helen) developed close-knit relationships that lasted throughout their lives. Whatever the boys could do, Alice showed that she could do it, too. Always athletic, she was on the DOW women’s softball league and as an ace pitcher and hitter, helped her team win the league championship. She strived for excellence but never let it hinder her love of people and desire to help those who had difficulty helping themselves. She exhibited many attributes as a woman in the modern world, a talent for painting, the use of colors, how to use many different foods from around the world and meld them into a unique, interesting collage of flavor. She was smart and always had a smile for a visitor, a friend, a member of her extended family.
While living and working in Flint near the end of WWII, she saw a young naval officer while sitting with friends at the canteen she said, “I’m going to marry him!” Young Ensign Marcel Patras (Pat) never had a chance. They married and she immediately adopted Michael, his young son from Pat’s earlier marriage. Having a loving mother as her example, Alice helped raise him and their other two sons, James and Richard, with love, kindness and with a great example of some of the ideals of parenting.
She loved fresh, homemade refreshing drinks. While living in San Diego, she would often ask one of her sons to go out to the back yard and pick some lemons from the tree and make fresh squeezed lemonade. It was a life style she loved, and had frequent visitors come from far and wide to visit the Michigan country girl who learned how to live in many different places, with grace and style.
She loved preparing food and giving visitors a welcoming taste of wonderful food.
This was emblematic of her love for learning about food, how to best prepare it and passing along that information to those whom she loved sharing this knowledge. At her passing her house was filled with more than a hundred recipe books, including two self-published volumes of recipes that she had collected over her life.
While growing up, her sons would often come home to warm, fresh out of the oven cookies Mom had made and, teamed with a glass of cold milk, provided many memories of caring and love through the years. Yes, sometimes even in high school!
After Pat passed in 1994, a chance for companionship and love emerged when she met a young-at-heart widower, Leroy Campbell, and they enjoyed sharing a life in later stages by living a life of companionship that they spent traveling to Alaska, the Gulf Coast, and numerous drives looking at the color. Her grandchildren have warm memories of their grandmother. Mindy said, “I consider myself honored to have had her in my life.” When told of her grandmother’s passing, Carolyn said, “The world just got a little darker…I hope she knew how much I loved her.” Jill, in a past moment of reflection, said “I couldn’t ask for a better grandmother.” Joshua expressed the feeling all of them had, “…She was also a great grandmother to us.”
Alice will be missed by her family and friends, and especially when her smile would light up the room. Alice is survived by her life partner Leroy Campbell, sons; James Patras and wife Anne of Eagle River, AK, Richard Patras and wife Ana Marie of McCordsville, IN, Michael Patras of NY, ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, brother Jim Kube of Bay City, sister Helen Schmid of Mountain Grove, MS, many nieces and nephews, and many more family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Marcel (Pat) Patras in 1994, sister Catherine Orton, brother Robert Kube, and sister in law Kay. A funeral service honoring Alice’s life is planned for Friday, October 30th, 2020 at the Campbell Stocking Funeral Home in Farwell at 1 PM. Dean Beavers will officiate. Family and friends may visit on Thursday from 4 until 8PM and again on Friday, from 11AM until the time of service at 1PM. She will be laid to rest in Surrey Twp. Cemetery. Please share your memories and condolences online at www.CampbellStocking.com. Social distancing and face coverings will be required.