2013-02-21 / Obituaries

Alicia G. Sandwick Woods, 81, of Montana


Alicia Woods Alicia Woods Alicia Golda Sandwick Woods, left us on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, a bright moonlit Montana night. We imagine her walking along the Milky Way straight up to Heaven into Dad’s open arms, the long slow march of Alzheimer’s finally is over.

Alicia was born to Lawrence and Hilda Sandwick on July 19, 1931, at Linton. She was the eighth child of 10 children, she had four brothers and five sisters.Alicia was raised on the family farm, she rode a horse to school, a one room country school. When she attended high school in Linton she moved into an apartment in town with a friend. She graduated from Linton High School in 1949. She married the love of her life, Charles Woods, March 1, 1950. Mom always told us that when she met Dad she told her best friend that he was the man she was going to marry. They were married for 45 years.

Dad and Mom moved to Dodson, Mont., shortly after they were married and they worked on a ranch there then they moved to Malta, Mont., and worked on a ranch on the Missouri Breaks for four years.

Mom always told everyone her years in Montana were snow, wind, mosquitoes, and 30 miles to town and 30 gates! They returned to North Dakota and worked on the family farm for a year then settled on their own place at Woodworth. Those were our mother’s favorite years, she loved being a farm wife and was a really good one. She was my dad’s partner in every sense of the word, she worked right alongside of him, they raised Hereford cattle, horses, had dairy cows, and Mom had her chickens and geese. My mother every summer and holiday from school also had lots of the relative’s kids, there were always 10 to 15 of us! It was a lot of hard work; but she always said a great life.

In 1966 they just couldn’t maintain the farm lifestyle, and Dad’s brother urged him to come west and work with him on transmission lines. They packed up and left the lifestyle they both loved for a new adventure, for the next several years they moved all over Washington and Oregon following line work; until Dad received his lineman’s card and went to work for Bonneville Power Administration, at the Dalles, Ore.

They eventually settled in Dufur, Ore., and resided there until after Dad’s death and Mom’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Mom was very active in the Dufur Valley Garden Club, Dufur Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and Square Dance Club. Mom was always very involved in her children and grandchildren’s lives. Dad and Mom attended lots of 4-H, Farmers Union, Scout, Horse club, horse shows, baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, wrestling, plays, concerts, recitals, and honor choir or whatever else the kids were involved in. Mom’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids and they loved being with her. Mom took great pleasure in music, dancing, playing cards, embroidery, sewing, and caring for her family and cooking. She was a fantastic cook and baker she was well know for her apple pies or any other kind of pie, and her overnight buns (which none of us can seem to master) she loved baking bread and goodies for her kids and grandkids and having them for after school or when they visited.

Dad and Mom moved to Harlowton, Mont., for a year to be with the grandchildren there, then they moved back to Dufur. We brought Mom to Wheatland Memorial Nursing home in March of 2004, after she couldn’t take care of herself anymore because of the Alzheimer’s.

She is survived by her sister, Maryl; children, Charlotte (John) Hall, Lee (Sam) Woods, Glenda (Jim) Hanna, Wesley (Francis) Woods; grandchildren, Frederick Hall, Ryan Hall, Jennifer Zink, Charlie (Leslie) Hanna, Ben (Bethany) Hanna, Josie (Aaron) Turner, Matt (Bridget) Woods, Marshall (Sara) Woods, Joel Thomas, Brittany Clark, Michelle (Lee) Gibbs; great-grandchildren, Jonathon, Charles, Laura Lee, Cody, Logan, Alex, Lane, Sami, Paige, Travis, Shailynn, Madison, Bailey, Hunter, Alyssa, Isaac, and great-great-grandson Tucker.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Hilda Sandwick; brothers, Louis, Richard, Harry, and Eugene; sisters, Mina, Martha, Thelma, and Macy; and her husband Charles.

Perkins Funeral home in Harlowton handled arrangements.

Alicia was cremated and ashes will be scattered in North Dakota at the family farm and with her husband Charles. There will be no services at this time, a Memorial was held at Methodist church in Dufur and we will have a Memorial service in North Dakota later in the summer.

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