Alice Story passed away at the Grandview Personal Care Home at the age of 89 on July 2, 2019.
Alice Christine (Kushner) Story was born on June 16, 1930 in Canora, SK to Anthony and Helen Kushner (Deneka). She had eight siblings, Sophie, Walter, Paul and Orest; half-brothers Peter, Frank, Michael and half-sister Edna. Several members of her family served in WWII. Alice joined the United Church and C.G.I.T. as a youth in Canora where she learned how to make bandages and splints and did knitting to raise money for the war effort. In 1942 her family moved to Sherridon, MB where they lived in two box cars located off the main track. Alice worked with her father cleaning and polishing interiors of the coaches of the trains.
She moved to Grandview in 1945 with her brother Walter and lived in the Duck Mountain district where her father had bought land and actually rented the house owned by Garth Story because their own house on the property at the corner of Highway #5 and Meharry Road was rented out. Alice and Garth officially met at a wedding dance and soon fell in love. After a brief engagement they married on October 17, 1947 and were married for 61 years.
The raised five children on the family farm, Gregory, Teresa, Blake, Trevor and Trent. She and Garth lived on the family farm for 58 years before moving into the town of Grandview. Alice entered the Grandview Personal Care Home in October of 2011. Alice was an amazing cook, as every family member can attest. Grandma Alice made the “best damn potato salad”! Those being her words! There is also a mushroom dish she concocted in order to get her young children to eat green vegetables. It was and still is a staple at family Christmases. But not one of us can quite make it like she did. Garlic and dill were main ingredients of most dishes. Alice was also an amazing gardener, especially her flower garden. Garth often said “we can’t eat flowers” and many times was in deep trouble for mistakenly cultivating up, mowing down, or Rounding Up the wrong plants! All the grandchildren knew to quickly retrieve a stray ball from her flower garden when she wasn’t looking. Flowers brought Alice much joy and her daughter made sure she had regular bouquets of flowers to enjoy while a resident of the PCH.
Alice and Garth enjoyed travelling, mostly to Canadian destination and especially their trip to the Yukon and Alaska. She was a member of the Co-op Guild, Duck Mountain W.I., Red Cross, Grandview United Church, the G.A.C.C. and the Curling Club as well as a long-time member of the Grandview Legion Auxiliary # 14. She did vast amounts of volunteer work over the years including aide work at the old Grandview Hospital. She was also an employee of the Gilbert Plains Hotel and the Grandview Legion. Square dancing and curling were also a part of her life. She enjoyed company and good times.
Alice is survived by daughter Teri (Lavern) Elliott, sons Blake (Elaine), Trent (Rose) and Trevor (Rhonda) Story; 16 grandchildren Jeff Elliot, Keri Elliott Nybo (Corey), Jacqui Elliott Johnson (Chris) and Jana Elliott (Henry); Sarah Story (Rob), Brett Story and Megan Story; Jared Story (Katie), Aaron Story, Ryan Story; Amanda Vancek, Kristen Story (Dean), Scott Story (Rebecca) and Morgan Story (Lars) Mortensen; Lisa (Justin) Dufresne and Jennie (Jay) Polisak. Great grandchildren Sawyer Elliott, Jayselyn and Keira Nybo, Reid Johnson, Camryn Braun, Jordan and Cameron Vancek, Gunner Story, Everly and Walter Polisak and Weston Dufresne, also several nieces and nephews.
Alice was predeceased by son Gregory on November 3, 1971 and husband Garth on December 2, 2008, her mother Helen in 1957 and father Tony in 1967, as well as all her siblings and their spouses, nephews Kerry Kushner, Les Story Terry Story and great nephew Kevin Lindsay.
Garth and Alice were constant companions. They went through many difficult times through the years raising their family while working hard farming land and raising livestock. Losing their eldest son, Greg, was the hardest thing to endure. In their 61 years of marriage there were ups and downs and maybe a little bickering, but their love remained strong. Alice lost much of her zest for life after Garth passed away.
Alice Story, the matriarch of our family is gone and though we are thankful that her struggles are over, she will be missed. Memorial donation may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion – Grandview Branch # 14.
A Funeral Service was held on Friday, July 26, 2019 from the Grandview United Church at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Karen Kuzek officiating. Interment followed the service in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Grandview, Manitoba.