Obituary: Alice Irene Jacobson

Alice I. Jacobson

Alice I. Jacobson

Private family services and interment will be held for Alice Jacobson, a 95-year-old Buffalo, Wyoming woman, who passed away Sunday evening at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held by her family. Donations in Mrs. Jacobson’s name may be made to the library or museum of the donor’s choice, in care of the Harness Funeral Home, at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo, Wyoming 82834. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com.

Alice Irene Jacobson was born on March 2, 1922, on the family homestead, south of Buffalo, Wyoming, and was the fourth and youngest child of Ernest O. and Bessie M. Eder. She graduated from Johnson County High School, and in 1941, she attended the University of Wyoming for one year. She transferred to Kearney State Teacher’s College in Kearney, Nebraska.

She met William T. Jacobson, who was stationed at the Air Force Base in Kearney, and they were married in 1944. Alice taught at the Greub School in 1945, and later at a rural school in Michigan. She worked a variety of jobs while in Michigan, and returned to Wyoming to teach at the Klondike School in 1958. She later taught at the Buffalo grade school until 1967.

She moved to Kingman, Arizona, where she taught school until 1992. Alice was a lifelong learner, earning her Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wyoming in 1960, then her Master’s in 1968 from Eastern Montana College in Billings. In the late 1980s, she completed a second master’s degree in school administration in Arizona.

Alice entered into an assisted living home in Arizona in 2007, and in 2008, she moved back to Buffalo where she resided at the Beehive Home. She had most recently been a resident of the Amie Holt Care Center.

Alice was an accomplished pianist, poet, writer, artist, and enjoyed bowling. She loved to travel and indulged in that curiosity and passion through her retirement years. She was an active member of the Arizona Education Association and the American Association of University Women. In addition, Alice was an active supporter of libraries and museums. As a member of the Mohave County Library Board, she was instrumental in the building of the new Kingman Public Library. She served on the Arizona State Friends of the Library Board and worked on book sales and programs for both Kingman and Lake Havasu libraries. Alice enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the Lake Havasu Museum, reading history and visiting historical sites.

She is survived by two sons, Bill Jacobson and his wife Mary Ann of Missoula, Montana; Robert Jacobson and his wife Sharon of Green Valley, Arizona; two daughters, Patty Myers and her husband, Herman, of Buffalo, and Dorry Clinkenbeard and her husband, Mark, of Stamford, Connecticut; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Willard and Herbert Eder, one sister, Jean Bunning, one son, James Jacobson, and one grandson Eric Clinkenbeard.