Wanda “Alice” Gier, 80, passed away Oct. 23, 2011, at the hospital in North Platte surrounded by her family and friends.
Alice was born May 18, 1931, in Hyannis, the daughter of Gerald and Ruby Wright Simpson. She attended elementary school in the country schools in southern Grant County. Her family moved to Wyoming in the early 1940s. When Alice was 12 years old, she moved with her family to the ranch south of Mullen that she would call home for the rest of her life. When she was asked if she would like to leave the ranch and move to town, she would adamantly reply, “No, I am right where I want to be.”
On May 21, 1948, Alice married the love of her life, Glen Gier.
She studied at the college in Chadron to be an elementary teacher. After receiving her certificate, she taught in rural schools south of Mullen. Glen and Alice had two daughters, Beverly and Bonnie. She was proud of her family and all of their accomplishments. Glen was an artist and Alice was always ready to show off his artwork. She worked tirelessly in the background, promoting and selling his work. She enjoyed growing flowers, crocheting and her chickens. She took pleasure in providing eggs for her neighbors and family.
Alice is survived by her daughters, Beverly Uphoff, of Scottsbluff, and Bonnie (Mike) Strasburger, of Gordon; grandchildren, Dean Rice, Tim Rice, Kendra Uphoff (Marcus West), Todd Strasburger, Tyler Strasburger; great-grandchildren, Riley, Morgan, Courtney, Alexis, Tierra and Ella; brother Benny (Donna) Simpson, of Hyannis; sister-in-law, Mildred Gier, of Hershey; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen; and son-in-law, Kenneth Uphoff.
Alice’s presence will be missed and her memory treasured by all who knew and loved her.
Services were held on Friday, Oct. 28, at Sandhills Community Bible Church in Mullen with Pastor Darrell Forseen officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Mullen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.