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Alice Estelle (Hillard) Cryderman, age 99, went to her heavenly, eternal home on December 10, 2021. Alice was the only daughter, and the youngest of five siblings, born to Arthur Hamilton and Sarah Jane (Dimock) Hillard, on February 21, 1922, in Dennison, Michigan. Alice was a seventh generation Mayflower descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. Alice saw many inventions come to pass in her lifetime, like electricity, and other inventions included landline phones, cell phones, technology, and computers. On July 29, 1939, Alice married Phillip William Cryderman in Coopersville. They made their home in Ravenna, and had five children, Ronald, Juanita, Mildred, Phillip Jr., and Julie. During her life, Alice worked as a cashier at Kelly’s Corner’s in Ravenna, and waitressed in Coopersville and Sparta; she also worked for many years alongside her husband, Phillip in the family owned, Hi-Way Body Shop in Ravenna. Alice retired in 1984. In her younger years, Alice loved to fish, snowmobile, and go to the cottage on Rainbow Lake in Baldwin. After her husband passed away on January 11, 1989, Alice moved “up north” to Gaylord, where her girls, Juanita and Julie lived, to be with them and their families. Alice had excellent penmanship and great memory recall, she could remember places, dates and times with little effort. Alice loved country music, and she loved to dance, especially to Polkas and to Waltzes, like the Tennessee Waltz. Alice loved to laugh, attend campfires, travel, and visit with friends and family. Alice was a caregiver at heart, and she loved to cook and bake. Her specials included fried fish, potato salad, mincemeat and apple pies. Alice enjoyed sewing and crocheting, and spent many hours making baby blankets for all of her grandchildren when they were born. Alice was a member of Life Church in Gaylord the Order of the Eastern Star for many years. Alice was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; and her husband, Phillip of nearly 50 years, her daughter, Mildred, and her son, Ronald; her grandchildren Ronald Cryderman Jr., George Hanson, Janet Cryderman, Kerri Irwin, and three great grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Juanita O’Rourke of Gaylord, Phillip (Karen) Cryderman of Manhattan, Kansas, Julie (Michael) Kuras of Gaylord, and daughter-in-law, Jerrie Cryderman of Muskegon; sixteen grandchildren, forty-nine great grandchildren, and fifty-one great, great grandchildren; and special companion, Pomeranian, Chow mix dog, named Wedgie. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, funeral on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:00 AM all at the Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services in Grant, MI; 45 East Main Street, Grant, MI 49327. While flowers are welcome, donations made in lieu of flowers will be used to honor Alice’s favorite causes, your local Veterans Lodge, or Animal Shelter.
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