September 30, 2005
Alice J. Hollingsworth died Sept. 28 at the Seasons Healthcare facility in Reno. She was 90.
The fourth of four children, she was born May 7, 1915, in Oakland, Calif., to Mae and Gustavus Jordan while they were visiting the mainland from their native Hawaii. She was raised in Honolulu by her grandparents, then moved to Woodland, Calif., where she met Merritt, her husband of 52 years. They were married June 29, 1935.
Over the years, she and her family moved between Hawaii and California, finally settling in Auburn in 1953. In 1968 her family moved to South Lake Tahoe where she lived for 26 years.
Though never employed, she was actively involved as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and the USO in Hawaii during World War II, a Gray Lady with the county hospital in Auburn and a member of the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in South Lake Tahoe.
She served many years as the membership chairwoman for the Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
She enjoyed hiking, cross country skiing, hula dancing, Hawaiian music and cultivating beautiful indoor plants in the Tahoe environment.
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She was preceded in death by her husband Merritt and daughter Sara. She is survived by her son Ray and his wife Janis of Reno, daughter Alison Presley and her husband Mark of Grass Valley, Calif., and son Merritt Jr. “Pete” and his wife Cathy of Stateline.
She leaves behind three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held in Honolulu, where she will be put to rest in the O’ahu Nuuanu Cemetery in her beloved Hawaiian Islands.