Alice Lorraine Skellenger was born in Seattle, WA, to Vera and Charles Skellenger, when milk was delivered by horse-drawn carts, and her older twin brothers, Larry and Grant, always took the cream out of the bottles. She was blessed with an incredible memory for song and poetry, and after playing Hamlin’s Pied Piper in third grade, she knew she would be an actress. With financial assistance from her younger brother, David, later co-founder of the law firm Skellenger Bender, and a full scholarship, Alice attended the University of Washington and joined the School of Drama, then under the direction by Glenn Hughes. She performed in dozens of productions at the UW Showboat and Penthouse theaters, and planned to move to New York City after graduation to pursue a career in theater. However, in 1946 Alice met Ralph Hays, an Army Air Corps pilot, and in 1948 she left Seattle on a ship bound for Japan to join her new husband. Alice entered the next phase of her life as a wife and mother of the US Air Force with pride and joy. Susan was born in Japan, Elizabeth in Illinois, Mark in Morocco, and Katrina in Delaware. Throughout their assignments, Alice always sang with the airbase and church choirs, conducted community plays, and read prodigiously. When Ralph retired in 1975, they bought property outside of Vacaville, California, and Alice entered another phase as a real estate agent and broker. She was president of the Northern Solano County Association of Realtors for many years and has received numerous business and community awards for her service. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Vacaville for 40 years. Alice and Ralph have traveled the world with friends and welcomed grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have come to expand their clan. A passionate supporter of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alice attended plays in Ashland, OR for four decades, and took the next generations of her family to instill (successfully) a love of live theater. She was an aquatic woman from childhood, swimming and water skiing, and rarely walked past a body of water without exclaiming over its beauty, especially Puget Sound, the place she described as “the country. of God”. 45-year-old house in the presence of his family, having completed his umpteenth Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle a few weeks earlier. She leaves behind a legacy of keen intelligence, a deep appreciation of the arts, a love of water and deep family joy. Life well lived, Bambi! Alice is survived by her sister-in-law, Marion Hays; the children, Susan Ibarra, Mark Hays, Elizabeth Hays-Lohrey and Katrina Hays; nieces, Kate Skellenger and Yvonne Sumner; grandchildren, Elyse, Christopher, Tiger, Jules, Scott, Jessica, Brittany; and great-grandchildren, Judah, Asher, Zoe, Elliana, Arius, Evangeline, Jaxson, Nathaniel and Oziah. Donations in her name can be made to the Glenn Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Washington School of Drama. https://www.washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift/?source_typ=3&source=HUGHES
Posted by The Reporter on Aug 22, 2021.