Obituary for Alice Metcalf (Sperry)
Alice Lucille (Sperry) Metcalf, 97, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017. She was born to Anna (Kramer) & Bert Sperry on July 24, 1920. The family homesteaded near Trotter, ND and Alice was the daughter who was better than a son. Her sisters became homemakers with their mother while Alice was her dad's "ranch hand." When Alice was about age 13, her dad hired himself out to help make ends meet and Alice ran the homestead for a year. For a time, she said, her biggest problem was harnessing the horses. Later in life she said she no longer minded how cold the weather got because she didn't have to go out and feed the cattle as she once did on the homestead.
Alice attended school in Minneapolis and loved it. She met her future husband Glen (Mac) Metcalf while on a trip back home and it seems she fell "head over heels" for this personable young man. While Mac was in the army stationed in California, he asked her to come out for a visit, and they drove to Las Vegas to be married on November 30, 1941. They were still honeymooners when radios announced the attack on Pearl Harbor, and soon after the couple was transferred to Los Alamos, N.M., where Mac’s mechanical talents were put to use working on vehicles and driving the scientists and executives involved in the nuclear project.
After Mac’s discharge, Alice and Mac moved to Lewistown, MT and owned the Western Aire Drive-In Theater. Finally in 1963 they made Billings, MT their home, and Alice became a valued employee of Midland National Bank (later re-named First Bank) starting as a teller and giving the bank many loyal years of service. Trading in the stock market was a “sport” for her, and she enjoyed a good bear vs. bull market discussion.
Known as a lady who enjoyed simple things, Alice had a special love for her dogs Bo & Indy, and loved walking them. She always had a bowl in her backyard filled with carrots for the bunnies. When Mac retired from Frontier Chevrolet, and Alice from First Bank, they enjoyed camping, fishing and trips to Arizona. Mac died March 3, 1999.
Alice moved to Morningstar Assisted Living in 2011, but didn’t sit still yet… she could be seen briskly walking Shiloh road in her 90’s in any kind of weather.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glen (Mac), and 3 sisters, Grace Lee, Bernice Metcalf, and Norabelle Sperry. She is survived by nieces Annette Mitchell (Sheridan, WY) and Ardelle Adams (Glendive, Montana); and longtime Billings friends, Jim & Connie McCall, Elaine (Richard) Wesnick, and Jo Ann (Gary) Levine; as well as John & Carol Miller (Mesa, AZ), and Ed and Fran Reichert (Mesa, Arizona).
Thank you to the staff of Morningstar Memory Care for their care and friendship.
There will be a celebration of life service for Alice at 11 a.m., November 20, at Smith West Funeral Chapel, 304 34th St W.