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Alice Ewing

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Alice J. Ewing, 99, died March 13, 2007, at Grace Living Center. Services were scheduled at the First Presbyterian Church, Norman, Okla. Burial was in Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington. Local services were under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Okla.

Mrs. Ewing was born Sept. 11, 1907, in rural Boone County to William T. and Pearl Bullard Jones, the second of their six children. She attended several one-room rural schools and graduated from the Ashland (Missouri) High School in 1925. She then attended Stephens College, Columbia, earning an A.A. in 1927. In 1935, while employed at the University of Missouri, Alice completed her A.B, Phi Beta Kappa. In 1937, she married Dr. George M. Ewing, mathematics professor at the University of Missouri. They had three children: Alicia, Catharine, and Joel.

In Columbia, Alice Ewing was active in the League of Women Voters, First Presbyterian Church, and the Columbia Cooperative Market. In 1948 the Columbia voters elected her to serve on the 13-member Columbia Charter Commission, which wrote Columbia's Home Rule Charter providing for a City Manager form of government. In 1951, Mrs. Ewing received the first annual Stephens College Alumnae Achievement Award for her civic activities.

In addition to Columbia, Dr. and Mrs. Ewing lived in Princeton, N.J.; Washington, D.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; EI Segundo, Calif., and Lawton, Okla., before moving to Norman in 1960. In Norman, Mrs. Ewing was active in the First Presbyterian Church (Board of Elders, Presbyterian Women, and circle); University Women; and the League of Women Voters. In 2002, she became an Honorary Life Member of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. for her fifty-plus years of membership.

Alice J. Ewing was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. George M. Ewing; sister, Merle Jones; three brothers, Edwin, Spencer and Norton Jones; and by sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ora Mae Jones, Herb Olmsted, George Bradshaw, and Dr. H. Penfield Jones. She is survived by her children, Alicia E. Towster and Raymond Francois of Lafayette, Louisiana; Dr. Catharine V. Ewing of Norman; Joel C. Ewing and wife Elizabeth of Ft. Smith, Ark.; sister, Faye Olmsted Jones, of Lawrence, Kan.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Robert Towster (wife Jeanette and children, Henry and Jack); David Ewing (wife Jenni and children, Devin, Rebecca, and Timothy) Christie Bowling (husband Gary and children, Chanse and Catherine); and Mark Ewing; and by her nephews: Larry Jones of Kearny, John Jones of Tomball, Texas, David Olmsted of Dupont, Wash., and their families.


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