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Alice Virginia Western

August 25, 1928 ~ September 4, 2020 (age 92)


Alice V. Western passed away on September 4, 2020.  Celebration of Life services will be held at 11 am Saturday, September 19th at Kyles A.M.E. Zion Church where she served as a Deaconess. Visitation will be held on Friday at Henderson's Funeral  Home from 10am to 7pm  with family greeting friends from 5pm to 7pm.  

CDC guidelines will be followed and masks will be required at the funeral service and the visitation. Social distancing is recommended.

Services will be live streamed through the Henderson's Facebook page. Follow our page to access the live stream.

Alice Virginia (Robinson) Western was born August 25, 1928, to Harry and Virginia (Bryson) Robinson in Shawsville, Virginia. This beautiful baby girl had five siblings: Delmas, Beatrice, Herbert, Catherine and Dorothy.

Alice moved to Ottumwa, Iowa, with her aunt, Alice Price where she received her  primary education. Alice and Dorothy went on a double date and Dorothy’s date decided Alice was the one for him. William Western, Jr. asked Alice to marry him and the rest was history. They spent years loving and caring for each other until William passed away in 1988.

After Alice moved to Des Moines, Iowa, she was employed by Lutheran  Hospital, where she worked for over 30 years.  After her faithful service with the Iowa Lutheran family, Alice settled into retirement.

Alice loved the Lord and was a member of Kyles A.M.E. Zion Church, under the leadership of Rev. Seth Moulton, where Sister Western served as a Deaconess. 

Alice was full of life and enjoyed herself to the fullest.  She liked playing cards, traveling and cooking.  Alice’s fried chicken and potato salad was always looked forward to at any potluck or family get-together. Alice loved spending time with her family and getting to know everyone that she crossed paths with.

On September 4, 2020 Alice transitioned from labor to reward.  She is preceded in death by her husband, William Western; son, Larry Jay Western; siblings, Delmas Johnson, Beatrice Mills, Herbert Robinson, Catherine Talton and granddaughter, Christina Western.

Left behind to cherish Alice’s unforgettable memories are her children, Judy (Robert) Western-Haynes, Virginia (William Boyd) Western, William (Belenna) Western III, Todd (Ruthie) Western, Patty Jo Ryan, Karen Western, Harry Western; grandchildren, Josine, Mark, Jessica, Edward, Nicole, Dominique, Bill IV, Shamoine, Rushuan, Angela, Patience, Jayson, Keisha, Austin, Stephanie, Amberlyn, Xavier and Morgan; sister, Dorothy Callister; 12 great grandchildren and a host of  extended family members and friends. 

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September 18, 2020

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home
3500 6th Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50313

Visitation (with family present)
September 18, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home
3500 6th Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50313

Celebration of Life
September 19, 2020

11:00 AM
Kyles A.M.E. Zion Church
907 15th St.
Des Moines, IA 50314

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