Alice Catherine Conklin

June 18, 1918December 4, 2018

Alice Catherine Conklin or “Py” was born in Alberta, Canada on June 8, 1918, the youngest of three siblings, Maurice, Grant, and Florence. Her family moved to McMinnville, Oregon. After graduation from Oregon State College and teaching for two years she enlisted in the Army Air Corps where she met her future husband, John Conklin in Washington, D.C. where they both worked in Air Transport Command. Alice and John moved to Phoenix in 1946. Here they started their family and Alice taught school in the Balz District for many years. In retirement she volunteered at Scottsdale Healthcare Auxiliary for 25 years, shopped and delivered food for the homebound through Vicap, played bridge in the Scottsdale Women’s bridge club, quilted and enjoyed time with John. When John died in 2016 Alice moved to the Springs where she cherished time spent with new friends. She died Monday, December 4, 2018 at the age of 100 due to heart failure. Alice is survived by her daughter Sandy of Scottsdale, Arizona, Stephen (Betsy) of Green Valley, Arizona, James of Stanley, North Dakota and Donald (Mich) of Lake Oswego, Oregon. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Amai, Eric, Steve, and Sam and her three great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Macy, and Max. Alice will be placed to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery, Scottsdale, Arizona.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, December 9, 2018

Alice Catherine Conklin

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Jean Semones

December 7, 2018

I have known Alice my whole life. I lived directly across the street from the Conklins and attended Elementary and High School at the same schools that her children attended. I was the little girl across the street. Sandy, Alice's daughter, used to babysit my brothers and I as kids. I have so many good memories living so close to the Conklins. I consider them an extension of my own family. My favorite Halloween memory was getting a special homemade popcorn ball that Alice made every year for her favorite local kids in our neighborhood and for her own family. Her Son Don and myself share common factors, we were both the baby of our families....but of course Don is older than I Don and I also share our Birthdays in the month of December. His on Dec. 2 and mine on Dec. 6.

I really loved Alice. She was always nice to me and made me feel welcome in her home always. I also Loved Jack who preceded Alice's death a few years ago. He was one of the good guys. They both always had smiles on their faces whenever I saw them. So many memories that it is hard to pick just one....the best part of having a School teacher living across the street was when I was doing homework. I reached out to her a few times to help me understand what I was studying. She never told me the answers but was always there to help me figure it out for myself. I moved away in 2015 but kept in contact with the family through Sandy. I am sad to hear of Alice's passing but I also take comfort knowing she lived an amazing long life and is now no longer suffering and is back with her love of her life, Jack aka John. Only those close to the family called her husband by the name of Jack, all others called him John. I am lucky I was one of the many people in their lives that called him Jack.

Avalon Dr. is no longer the same. So many have either moved away or passed away ending an Era. I will always miss Alice! Jack too!!!