Obit: Starbuck, Alice R. (1915 - 1941)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Starbuck, Rose

The Loyal Tribune 31 July 1941

Starbuck, Alice R. (2 OCT 1915 - 9 JUL 1941)

Funeral services for Alice Rose Starbuck, who passed away at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California on July 9, following the birth of her baby daughter, were held Monday afternoon, July 14, at 2:30 o’clock in the Valier Methodist Church. The Rev. C. C. Hoffman of Kalispell, close friend of the deceased, had charge of the service, and Rev. H. L. Engdahl sang two vocal solos, "Because" and "Open the Gates". Mrs. C. H. Kester was at the piano. Offerings of love were shown in the profusion of flowers at the altar.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband, John Verharen Starbuck; her infant daughter, Alice Irene; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Rose of Baker, Montana; and two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, and Miss Carol Rose of Baker.

Mrs. Starbuck taught in the grade school at Valier, and during that time made scores of friends in this community who are deeply saddened by her untimely passing. Here began the romance that culminated in her marriage a year ago. It was her request that the funeral services and interment be in Valier—near the mountains she loved so dearly.

Alice Irene Rose was born October 2, 1915, in Baker, Montana, the youngest daughter of Robert William and Mercy Josephine Hall Rose. She died July 9, 1941, in San Diego, California.

Except for five years of her happy girlhood spent in Seymour, Wisconsin, and the joyous year at Ocean Beach, California, she lived in Montana. In 1933 she was graduated from the Baker High School, and after some training in the Eastern Montana Normal School in Billings she taught for two years in the rural schools near Baker. She then resumed her college work and was graduated in December, 1936 as an honor student.

For two years she taught in Valier grade school, where her capability as a teacher and genuine love of children endeared her to parents and students alike. She organized and directed a youth choir, and her gifted solo voice was an inspiration to the congregation. She gave willingly of her time and talent to the church. Her church membership was in the Baker Community Church.

In the fall of 1939 she became a member of the teaching staff of the largest grade school in Great Falls, where she taught music and art. In this city she continued the cultivation of her voice under the direction of an experienced New York maestro, Alexander Campbell, who was sure, that should she devote her full time to voice, she could rank among the Metropolitan Opera stars.

The next summer she resigned her position to become the bride of John Starbuck of Ocean Beach, California. The wedding took place on July 14, 1940, in Ocean Beach, where Mr. Starbuck is associated with the Bank of America. Mr. and Mrs. Starbuck have made their home in Ocean Beach for the past year. Here, as in Great Falls and Valier. She was active in choir work and did extensive solo singing.

People from out-of-town attending the funeral were Mrs. Starbuck’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Rose and sister, Miss Carol Rose, of Baker; her aunt, Miss Isabel Hall of Waupaca, Wisconsin; another aunt, Mrs. R. M. Hall, and cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Hall of Spokane; and close friends Mrs. Wayne McDonald and Mr. Fredric Bruggeman of Baker; Mrs. Arthur Calcott and Miss Marjorie Patin of Great Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Farrington of Colville, Washington and Mrs. W. J. Telgener and daughter, Betty of Sand Point, Idaho.

Mrs. Starbuck was a granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Hall, Town of Sherman pioneers, a niece of Mrs. Pauline Doering, Mrs. Catherine Hazeltine, and Mrs. Agnes Marquardt, and a cousin of J.R. and C. H. Steiner.


Hers was a lustrous life. She was our sunshine in home, school, and friendships. Each morning she arose with a song on her lips. Her radiant character gladdened the hearts of all. Boys and girls of this community, as well as in other places where she lived will always remember the lustrous life manifested daily.

Hers was a beneficent life, giving out good and joy to others. Her unusual talent in music and art was an inspiration to communities in which she served. Her personal beauty, charm of manner, and great talent of which she was unmindful, she accepted humbly, cherishing them that she might use them in her working harmoniously with the Divine King.

Like the poet we believe that this lovely life has not yet ended, but goes on.

"With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand

She has wandered into an unknown land.

And left us dreaming; how very fall

It needs must be since she lingers there.

And you- Oh, you, who the wildest yearn

For the old time step and the glad return

Think of her faring on as dear

In the love of there as the love of here.




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