July 22, 1930 - Dec. 18, 2011
OGALLALA, Nebraska -- Alice Babbitt, age 81, of Paxton, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Indian Hills Manor Nursing Home in Ogallala.
Alice was born July 22, 1930, at Wilsonville, Nebraska, the daughter of Charles Renwick and Mary Alice (Sherrard) Anderson. She grew up on a farm near Wilsonville attending a one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade. She graduated from the Wilsonville High School in 1948, and from the University of Nebraska in 1952.
Alice was employed as the Home Extension Agent for Keith County for two and a half years following her graduation from college. She married Merlyn Babbitt on May 16, 1954, at Wilsonville. In 1966, she began teaching at the Paxton High School and taught for 27 years before her retirement.
Alice was a leader of 4-H Clubs for 25 years, most of them as the leader of the Spoons and Spools Club at Paxton. She was active in the Paxton United Methodist Church serving as chairperson of the Ad Council for 10 years as well as being an active member of the United Methodist Women serving as financial secretary for many years. She enjoyed caring for her yard and garden, playing bridge and doing craft projects such as stained glass and painting.
Survivors include: two daughters, Deb (Mike) Hyde of North Platte, Gwen Peck of Claremore, Oklahoma; one son, Doug (Lisa) Babbitt of Paxton; sisters, Zora (Chet) Yoder of Blue Hill, Nebraska, Melva Anderson of Murphys, California, Dora Sylvester of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brother, Frank (Ila) Anderson of Mitchell, Nebraska; sister in law, Dorothy Anderson of York, Nebraska; grandchildren, Paul Peck of Claremore, Oklahoma, Serena Peck (fiancÚ, Larry) of Claremore, Oklahoma, Jack and Will Babbitt of Paxton, Sami (Jason) Erickson of North Platte, Val Hyde (partner, Courtney) of North Platte, great-grandchildren, Jaydn, Rylan and Brecken Erickson and Corby Condon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merlyn Babbitt; two brothers, Charles and Howard Anderson, a sister, Audry Anna Anderson; two brother-in-laws, Ted Anderson and Don Sylvester.
Funeral services for Alice Babbitt will be held at 10 a.m. (MST) on Friday, Dec. 23 at the Paxton United Methodist Church with Pastor Adam Davenport officiating. Burial will be in the Paxton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund in her memory.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the Gubser Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at gubserfuneralhome.com. Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.