Alice (Mrs. Howard) Barrett, age 98, of Faribault, died on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the Northfield Care Center.
Funeral services will be Bethel Ridge Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. with the Reverend Ronald Wik, officiating. Interment will be in North Grove Cemetery, Cannon City Township, Rice County.
Visitation will be held in the church for one hour prior to the services on Saturday.
Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.
Alice Barrett, age 98, passed into the hands of her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on July 14, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard in 2002 and her daughter Audrey Saufferer in 1994. Also her sister Cora Baukol, brothers Edwin and Kenneth, and her parents, Carl and Anna Landsverk.
She is survived by her son Roger (and Verna) Barrett of North Canton, Ohio; one son in law, Warren B. Saufferer of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Alice and Howard were married for 70 years prior to his passing in 2002, truly a marriage of “one flesh"; genuine compatibility, mutual support and love, and service to others. The only major stressor on the marriage was Howard's late evening fishing or hunting excursions in bad weather. “The fish are still biting!"
Alice was born September 30, l910 in Kenyon, Minnesota and in early childhood moved with her family to Twin Valley, Minnesota where her father farmed. At age 16, she came to Faribault to work at Shattuck School for a number of years.
She married Howard in 1932 having first met at an ice cream social. Alice and Howard had two children, Audrey and Roger. The premature death of Audrey in 1994 on Alice's birthday was a difficult and painful loss for them.
Alice was active for many years at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Faribault. She and Howard ministered to nursing homes in Faribault with Alice singing and playing the autoharp. She was active in Christian Women's groups and was National President of the Lutheran Brethren Women's Association in the 1970's. She, together with Howard, was active in the Gideon's Association for many years with Alice being honored for her service by the local Faribault/Northfield Chapter.
Her years at the Northfield Care Center were marked by the loving care and service of her Grandson Mark, and two gracious angels of mercy and compassion, Arlet Kvidt and Sue Rodman. Their faithful loving friendship sustained Alice in these declining years. The special care and comfort given by the Northfield Care Center staff and Cardinal nurses was a true blessing to Alice. The entire family is grateful for such self-giving love.
"Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God, our Savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and forever."
Blessed be the memory of Alice Barrett.
Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International or North Grove Cemetery.
Dear Family of Alice, How can we begin to say what Alice meant to us, invidually, as a couple and as a family? When I (Barbara) moved to Faribault in 1970 Howard and Alice sort of "adopted" me and made sure I got to church the first time. When we got married Howard became our banker and followed our progress on the farm near Shieldsville carefully. He often made trips out to our farm and always brought a bag of candy for our girls. So they learned to enjoy his visits. Sometimes Alice would come along, but most of the time when we saw them together it was in their home. Their love and sharing were very special to us. When they moved across from the hospital it was easy to visit them often. They housed us a couple times when we visited from out of town...that attic room was pretty special too, just like them. And she taught us to enjoy the venison that Howard so proudly brought home from his hunting trips. Our move to Arizona after selling our farm made visiting them often much harder, but they were at the top of our list of people to see each time we returned to our roots. And we managed to visit them several times in Tucson at Mary's. Also were there to celebrate their 60th anniversary. When Alice moved to Northfield she quickly made friends and was loved by all the staff. We managed to visit her there each time we came back to Minnesot - which is usually once a year in the summer. Alice and I (Barbara) served together on WMF and became even closer. She was my mentor, and always had great words of wisdom to me as a young mother. She was quick to encourage me to be involved with other Christian women and mothers. We spent many hours in prayer for our families and Bud and I knew who we could call if we had a special prayer request. She always remembered our 4 girls and where they lived and what they were doing. She eagerly asked about their families as if she were a relative. I know I could feel her prayers stretching across the miles when we were in Brazil and England on mision trips. She always knew what we were doing, and was happy to follow the growth of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, again as if they were her own. We could not have asked for a better friend, confidant and prayer warrior on our behalf. She will be greatly missed and we already feel an emptiness at the thought she will not be in Northfield when we visit later this summer. We rest assured that she is enjoying great fellowship with those saints who have gone before and will have quite a list of those she wants to see after she sees the Lord and Howard. Their lives were such an example to us both, we are happy to have tried to pattern our life and marriage after theirs. God used them in many ways that many can not even imagine. She would greet us with "hi, you kids", and even tho we are great-grandparents now, she continued with that greeting. When one wanted to consider a saintly woman - Alice certainly came to mind. She will be missed more than I can even say right now. My regret is that I (Barbara) was unable to be at the service honoring this great woman of God. Blessed be her memory. I love you, Alice. And I felt your love all through our lives together.