Alice was born in Eureka, Calif., in 1938. She married Calvin Pelroy, a Marine of Orick, Calif., in 1955, and they moved to southern California. After Calvin left the service, they moved to northern California, where they had two children, and then to the high desert in Oregon, where their last two children were born.
Alice worked at Harney 4-C for the Burns Paiute Tribe in Burns. Then the family moved to Culver, where she worked with the Oregon Department of Health and Welfare as a social worker when her family moved to Kamiah, Idaho. After a few years, Alice commuted and attended Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. She received two degrees, a bachelor of science in anthropology and sociology with high honors, and an associate degree in community service. She received her Idaho certification and went to work at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as a social worker until her retirement at age 62. Calvin passed away in 1991, and she married Dennis Kendall in 1993. They traveled extensively all over the continental United States, Mexico and Europe for four years. They moved to Yuma, Ariz., in 2007, and enjoyed an amazing church family and friends in Yuma, early morning breakfasts out, and many road trips with family and friends.
She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She loved the Lord and lived out her faith daily, spending much of her life helping others and making sure they knew God loved them and that they were special to Him. She served the Lord, and her joy was to be in the Lord’s house and about His work.
She recently left this written on a scrap piece of paper: “When life deals you lemons, it’s been said, ‘Make lemonade.’ When life opens pit falls, just wait awhile, you’ll rise when it seems God isn’t listening again. Remember King David once felt the same. He dwelt on God’s answers to his past dangers and felt his fearful heart begin to understand our God is faithful through all our troubles…even to the very end.”
Alice is survived by her husband, Dennis V. Kendall; son, Fred Pelroy of Burns and his wife, Linda Pelroy, their children Heather Pelroy, Katrina Pelroy and Rachael Pelroy; Grayce Lopez of El Centro, Calif., her husband, Rene Lopez, and their son, Calvin Lopez; and January Kolar of Burns and her husband, Michael Kolar, and children, Cynthia McGinty and husband, Darren McGinty, Katherine Batie and husband, Trent Batie, Jerimiah Kolar, Angel Kolar-Pratt and Joshua Kolar; as well as her step-daughter, Nancy McLean of Meridian, Idaho, and her children, Nicholas McLean and Amanda McLean; her many great grandchildren, Alexander, Jiriaya, Zechariah, Sean and Brooklynn, Annastasia, Jack, Rayna and Natalie.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Don Fulwider and Rosemary and Albert Wolf; her first husband, Calvin Pelroy; and their daughter, Coralie Pelroy.
There will be a celebration of life and potluck to follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Faith Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.