Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 6:26 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gayle Eileen Tice


Gayle Eileen Tice

Sept. 28, 1918-July 9, 2011

Gayle Eileen Tice, 92, died peacefully at St. Anne's Assisted Living Home on July 9, 2011. Her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Heidi and Loren Gerrety, were by her side.

Gayle was born Sept. 28, 1918, in Brewster, Kan., the ninth and last child of Lawson A. and Ella Smith McArthur. She graduated from nurse's training at Halstead Hospital in 1940. While still a student nurse she was assigned to the position of assistant supervisor in the O.R. where she worked for three years. During World War II, Gayle served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps with the 217th General Hospital and was stationed in Bournemouth, England and Paris, France. There she met Thomas H. (Jiggs) Tice. They married after the war, and in the fall of '46 the newlyweds drove to Alaska. They homesteaded on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer, then moved to Kodiak before settling in Anchorage with their two boys, Tommy and Jimmy.

Gayle enjoyed reading, sewing, doing crosswords, playing cards, volunteering and most of all spending time with her great- grandchildren.

The family wrote, "Those who knew Gayle remember a strong, delightful woman, full of faith, grace and love. It was her steadfast faith and hope in Christ that carried her through life's hardships and joys. She will be greatly missed."

She is survived by her granddaughter, Heidi Tice Gerrety and her husband Loren Gerrety; great-grandchildren, Jenna Gus, Raymond James and Lachlan McArthur Gerrety; and many nieces and nephews.

Gayle was preceded in death by her parents; all siblings; husband, Thomas H. Tice; sons, Thomas H. Tice and James R. Tice; and grandson, Thomas H. Tice.

Gayle was buried alongside her husband and son at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer.