Alma Lee Trice (nee: Holloway), age 90, was born on April 18, 1929 in South Bend, Arkansas to the parents of Handy and Plummer Holloway. She departed this life on July 3, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends. Alma was the youngest of 17 children and attended school in Pickens, Arkansas. She was able to complete the 8th grade, which was a big deal at that time. As she grew into a young woman, she ventured out on her own and began working, having jobs mainly consisting of cleaning and housekeeping. She worked hard, usually six days a week for a mere $9.00 per week.
After living in Arkansas, Alma moved north to Gary, Indiana and later settled down in Kansas City, Missouri where she lived for over 65 years. Alma was blessed to have ten children: Glenora, Sammie Jr., Diane, Ralph, Kelvin, Gregory, Bruce, Ronald, Larry and Carol. Of these children, she has six surviving children. In addition, she was also blessed to have an additional special “adopted son,” Ronnie (Sonny) Trice added to her household. Alma was a stranger to no one. She loved to talk to others and would make a conversation with anyone who talked to her. She often said while growing up as a teenager that people thought she was “fast” because she was not shy around people. She just enjoyed making conversation with others, showing an interest in whatever, they said to her. She carried this over into her adult life, being such a warm, concerned and compassionate person to others.
Alma always worked hard to take care of her family. Many times, when the food was low and it seemed there could not be another meal to serve, she would think up something to cook from nowhere that would not only be filling, but also very tasty. She knew how to “make ends meet” as the saying goes. She was a wise woman in every way, taking a little and stretching it to meet the need, as well as being a good steward in the management of her time and finances. Down through the years, Alma often said, “God will provide” or “God will make a way,” And He truly did that for her. Her faith in God was an example to all who knew her that God will truly see you through in every situation. Most important of all, Alma loved the Lord. She was always in a church. And she was a faithful and active member of Southside Christian Church for over forty-two (42) years, until her illness prevented her from being active and doing the things she enjoyed doing. But even from home her ministry of giving, talking to and encouraging others continued. Alma brought her children up in church to learn the ways of the Lord, just as she was brought up. She made sure that her children both attended church and participate in the various ministries and activities available. Most of the time she could not afford to buy them new clothes (except on very rare occasions), but they were always clean. And on Sundays, it was a rule, all children must be in Sunday school, morning and evening service, and anything else that was held that they could participate in. As a result, her legacy lives on: “Her children arise up, and call her blessed…” Proverbs 31:28 Alma was preceded in death by her parents (Handy and Plummer Holloway), 16 siblings (Annie Mae, Eli, Brunette, Alfred, Mabel, Joe, Jerry, Hansy B., Isaiah Lee, Carrie, Rosavelt, Jacob, Clifton, Aaron, Demasconie, and Arnet), and four sons: Sammie Jr., Bruce, Larry and Ronald. Alma’s memory and legacy will continue in the hearts of her children that remain: Glenora (James) Gest - Griffith, Indiana; Diane (Michael) Smith - Goodyear, Arizona; Ralph Trice- Houston, Texas), Kelvin (LaTeisha) Trice – Shawnee, Kansas; Gregory (Janell) Trice, Carol Trice, and Ronnie (Sonny) Trice – Kansas City, Missouri; her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews (both paternal and maternal) and friends. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Southside Christian Church. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Interment Blue Ridge Lawn Cemetery.