Obituary: Alice Gallaher
Alice Gallaher was born in Carlisle, Kentucky, on Sept. 16, 1929, to Lena and Wm. “Mack” Anderson, becoming younger sister to George William. Alice passed peacefully in her recliner after dinner on March 7, 2019, in Prescott, Arizona.
Her early life was spent in Kentucky, surviving the Ohio River flood in 1937. The family moved to Ohio in 1938 where her brother taught her how to smoke under the Ohio River bridge. Alice graduated Wilber Wright High School in Dayton in 1947, where she played the French horn and developed lifelong friends. In 1950 after secretarial school, she began working at Remington Rand. Alice met the love of her life, William “Bill” Gallaher, on a blind date. They were married a few months later on Oct. 26, 1951, and they moved to Southern California a few months later. Their first daughter, Jennifer, was born in August 1952 in Whittier, California. Bill later graduated UCLA in June 1957 after the May birth of second daughter, Judith.
The Gallaher family moved to Orange County (Anaheim) in 1963 and later moved to San Clemente in 1972. During this time, Alice was a Girl Scout leader for a number of years and was involved in the local Methodist Church and began attending Cypress College.
The family spent many years camping and later backpacking through the Sierras. They also shared a deep love and appreciation of nature and wildlife, especially the mountains, forest and, for Alice, geology. Alice continued her love of music throughout her life, up until her passing.
After moving to San Clemente, Alice completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1975 and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University in 1976. She worked as a Marriage and Family counselor until 1984 when Bill’s work (McDonnell Douglas, Long Beach) took them to Tokyo, Japan, for six months. While there, Alice and Bill climbed Mt. Fuji!
In February 1989 Alice and Bill retired to Prescott, Arizona, where Alice volunteered at Sharlot Hall Museum, with the Chamber of Commerce and did counseling through the local Planned Parenthood office. She and Bill hiked, enjoyed Lynx Lakes, concerts at Yavapai College and spending time with dear friends.
Alice and Bill enjoyed years of traveling to Europe, New Zealand (climbed the Milford Track), Morocco, a three-month drive through Alaska with their trailer, following the steps of Louis and Clark, various National Parks and numerous places throughout the U.S.
In February 2013 Alice and Bill moved into Granite Gate in Prescott, where they had a spectacular view of the red rocks and boulders.
Alice was predeceased in death by her loving husband Bill in 2015; her parents, Lena and William Anderson; brother-in-law, Jack Gallaher; sister-in-law, Ann Gallaher; and mother-in-law, Katherine Gallaher.
The Kentucky farm girl was an adventurous wife and mother who made a loving home and taught wonderful life lessons to her daughters, extended family members and all who were blessed to know her.
Alice is survived by grateful daughters, Jennifer and Judith; brother and sister-in-law, George “Bill” and Marge Anderson; son-in-law, Zeke; both Anderson and Gallaher nieces and nephews and cousins; “adopted” daughter, Jane Porphir; god-daughter, Erin Work; and a wonderful, huge extended family worldwide.
A Celebration of Alice’s life will take place at a later date in California, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alice’s name to Sharlot Hall Museum, the Sierra Club or the Prescott Library.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers and staff at Granite Gate Senior Living, Ann Akamine and Naomi Baker (private caregivers) and Kindred Hospice.
Sunrise Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.