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Alice Jane Bullick

April 21, 1925 - June 26, 2017

A Memorial Celebration of Alice’s happy life will be held at:

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

16290 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476 August 5th, 2017 at 2 PM


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On June 26, 2017 Alice Jane Bullick (92) died at home in Sonoma, California. She told us that her life was just beginning.

Alice was born in Moriarty, NM on April 21, 1925 the second child of George and Edith Marsh, joining her sister Martha. Two years later the family moved to California, settling in San Diego. Her brother Jack, was born and died in 1928. Alice’s youngest brother Wilbur (aka Bill) was born in 1932. During her San Diego childhood Alice found her Protestant church home.  Her faith grew into a deeply compassionate and intensely private guide for how she interacted with everyone she met.

Alice left home to attend nursing school at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF). On her first Sunday in San Francisco Alice attended Calvary Presbyterian Church where she met Bill Bullick. Not only did she catch Bill’s eye, she also made a big impression on his mother, Aggie and father Joe Bullick. They enthusiastically welcomed Alice into the family. She always treasured that Aggie told her, “I picked you.”

Bill and Alice were married in 1949, after her graduation from nursing school. They felt called to serve their church. The next year, after the birth of their first son Don, they accepted a job offer from the Board of National Missions for the Presbyterian Church to work at Sheldon Jackson Junior College (SJJC), a boarding school for native Alaskans in Sitka, Alaska. During their time at SJJC, Alice gave birth to Les (1952) and Brian (1955).

Alice worked as a nurse at the school infirmary and took a second job at a long term care facility called Pioneer Home. In 1961 the family returned to San Francisco and joined Lakeside Presbyterian Church, where Alice remained a member for the rest of her life. Alice continued her nursing career at UCSF, becoming one of the first generation of OB/GYN nurse practitioners. She was loved and remembered by her patients.

All through her life, Alice saw the best in everyone she encountered, at work, at church, in the community and with her growing family. As the years passed she joyfully welcomed daughtersin-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren into the family. She always loved her sister’s children, but when Martha died, her children, Richard (Carol), Jean, Nancy (Mark), Martin, Peggy and their families found a special place in Alice’s heart.

After they retired in 1985, Alice and Bill spent their time visiting their children and friends. Alice cheerfully indulged Bill’s interest in genealogy. They followed a trail of headstones and census records across the US to uncover her roots, tracing Alice’s family back to the Mayflower. But the historical connections were less important to Alice than the personal relationships she made, which included Bill’s family in Canada, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.

Bill died in 1998. A few years later, she moved to Sonoma to watch her California grandchildren grow up. As with every stage in her life, she made new friends and continued to exchange visits and deepen the connections she had with her family. She travelled to Northern Ireland and just this year she received a visit from Elizabeth and Jason, young cousins from CapeTown, South Africa.

Alice is predeceased by her parents, her husband Bill, her sister Martha Anderson, and her daughters-in-law Penny Gray and Mary Glennon Bullick. She is survived by her brother Wilbur (Louise), sons Don (Laurel), Les (Patty) and Brian (Eithne); grandchildren Kelsy, Nicole, Teal and Junco; and great grandchildren Audrey Jane, Landon and Liam. At any gathering of family, any small kindness, any expression of affection, Alice would put her hands against her heart and say, “Ohhh! I am so blessed!” It is those who loved and were loved by Alice who are and always will be blessed.

A Memorial Celebration of Alice’s happy life will be held at:

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

16290 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476 August 5th, 2017 at 2 PM

Donations in Alice Bullick’s memory may be contributed to:

Hospice By The Bay

17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Larkspur, CA 94939 or

Lakeside Presbyterian Church San Francisco 201 Eucalyptus Dr.

San Francisco, CA 94132