EVANSVILLE – Alice Marie (Brakmeier) DeMar joined her Heavenly Father, Yahweh, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at 1:54 a.m. at her home in Evansville, surrounded by members of her family.

Alice Marie was born in Gibson County on March 1, 1936. She was raised in Princeton, by her loving paternal grandfather, Phillip Brakmeier, but lost him early in her adolescence. She left home early at 16 to make her way in the world. She lived her life on her own terms, making her own rules. She was fiercely independent and eternally optimistic. Even in the worst of times, Alice scored her days no lower than 8 out of 10. She was strongly opinionated and not afraid to say what she thought. You always knew where you stood with Alice. She could fight and argue one minute and completely forgive and forget the next. She lived up to her reputation as a fiery redhead (“strawberry blonde”, she would remind you).

Alice loved all living beings. She rescued stray animals and people. She was generous with her time and anything she had. She had little materialistically in life but she always felt she was rich in blessings. She worked as a cook, waitress and nurse in her life. She could rebuild car engines and carburetors. She baked amazing yeast bread and named it Alice Marie’s Gooder-Than-Heck. She was curious and excited about the world around her, often quoting “curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.”

Alice loved to “cut a rug” (dance), dress up “fancy”, and play Hank Williams on the harmonica. She loved to play board games and cheat at cards and dice with her family and friends. She denied the cheating. She would whistle in public and she knew no strangers. She was charming with a gigantic smile and a friendly acceptance of all. She laughed easily and was effortlessly funny.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Charles O. Hadley, Robert Recky, and Edward DeMar; her daughter, Anna Marie Nichols; and her parents, Marjorie M. Moore and Clifford F. Brakmeier.

Survivors include her daughter, Alise Hadley; sons, Charles (Lulu) Hadley of California, Clinton (Saundra) Hadley and Cameron (Andrea) Hadley, both of Indiana; ten grandchildren, Zachary and Nikki Nichols, Arial, Alexandra, Stephanie, Cindy, Ethan, Preston, Marshall, and Dorian Hadley; and three great-grandchildren, Ariana and Phelan Groves, and Aurora Ota.

Alice’s request was to be laid with her grandfather, Phillip Brakmeier, in Gibson County.

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.

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