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In Memoriam: Alice Ann Bennett, Lunsford, Bond (August 21, 1926 – February 7, 2022)

Alice Ann Bennett, Lunsford, Bond, 95 went home peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on February 7, 2022 in Stayton Oregon.

Alice was born on a farm in Keosaqua Iowa to William Grover and Vena Bennett.

Alice was the last of the eight Bennett children, preceding her in death were her parents, Brothers, Arden, Bill, Al, and Frank. Sisters, Sylvia, Lois and Laura.

She is survived by her six children, Dennis Lunsford (Cathleen) Elk Ca., Sharon Funkhouser (Jim) Vancouver Wa., Georgia Shaddon (Alvie) Amarillo Tx., Bruce Lunsford (Autumn) Everson Wa., Catherine Wellborn, Stayton Or, and Jeffery Lunsford (Vanesa) Mill City Or., 11 Grandchildren and 12 Great grandchildren, as well as many Nieces and Nephews.

Alice married James R Lunsford January 14, 1945 in Battle Ground Washington where they grew up and went to school together. They moved to Mill City Oregon in 1953 making the Santiam Canyon their home where they raised their family.

In 1972 Alice married Clive Bond and settled on some acreage on Mill City Lyons Drive. She welcomed his 6 grown children into her heart, making even a larger family to love. Clive Loren Bond Jr. (deceased), Richard Bond, (deceased), Valaree Doehne, Linda Bond-Brown, Dianne Brack, Dan Bond and Robin Bond.

Living in the country was perfect for our Mother, where they enjoyed riding their horses, growing vegetables and tending flower gardens. Alice was an avid gardener exchanging plant starts and Dahlia bulbs with friends and neighbors.

Alice was well known for tending her foxes in Fox Valley as well as her wild turkeys who would follow her around the yard and to her paper box. She was a devoted animal lover and rescued more cats and dogs that can be counted.

Alice worked in the Stayton Cannery for many years retiring in 1988 to spend time with her husband Clive. After Clive’s passing she dedicated her time to the community, volunteering at the Mill City Library, Gleaners and taking her “older” friends shopping every week. The Mill City Garden Club was one of Alice’s passions serving many positions and making like minded gardening friends.

Alice was an active member of the Mill City Christian Church for many years where she enjoyed her Lunch Bunch Bible Study group and made many lifelong friends. Alice’s strong faith in God sustained her throughout life and her failing health.

The family wants to send much love and heart felt thanks to the Mill City Christian Church for all the support and care they have given our Mother through out the years. Of course there are those special friends….and you know who you are, that will always be in our hearts. Alice loved you all very much.

We will miss her beautiful smile and quiet strength and she will live in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Alice Bonds name to your local animal shelter or rescue of choice. Or the Mill City Christian Church.

A Celebration of Life will be at the Mill City Christian Church 233 SW 3rd Ave. Mill City Oregon at 1:00 on Saturday August 20, 2022. (Alice’s usual birthday celebration weekend).

Arrangements being made by Weddle Funeral of Stayton Oregon.

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