Alice Schick Rietz passed away on September 18, 2023, from age-related causes at her daughter’s home in Saratoga Springs, Utah at the age of 94.
She was born in Kaysville, Utah on April 2, 1929, to George and Ruth Harvey Schick. She was born in the home of her grandmother, Mary Ogden Bosworth Harvey. Alice was the oldest of nine children. She attended Davis High School and Utah State University. During World War II, Alice worked at a cannery and the Naval Supply Depot. Growing up during the depression taught Alice many life skills. She knew the value of hard work and how to get the most from the resources available to her. The lessons she learned living on the family farm were evident throughout her life and she shared her knowledge and experience with many. She dearly loved growing up in Kaysville with her family, cousins, and friends and always considered it her home base
Alice married Billy Joe Rietz on June 7, 1957, in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They lived in Kaysville, Utah and Chillicothe, Ohio before moving to Walla Walla, Washington where they lived for over fifty years. Bill and Alice had six children. Valerie and Joni were born in Utah. John Todd and Kipton S. were born in Ohio and Douglas William was born in Walla Walla. Mark S. was born in Kaysville and died shortly after birth. Bill and Alice had a foster son, Edwin Matt, who participated in the Indian Placement Program of the Church and lived with them through his teenage years. Alice and Ed continued to share a close relationship up to her death.
Along with her responsibilities as a wife and mother Alice held several full-time jobs. She worked as a travel agent at AAA and found helping people arrange their travel plans very fulfilling. She was a devoted and loyal employee, often going above and beyond her responsibilities. While she worked at the Bell Mountain State Telephone and Telegraph Company, she was an operator and then supervised and trained other operators. She earned and received a perfect attendance award while working there.
Alice was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and fulfilled many callings in her lifetime. She fondly spoke of the time she served in the Primary and Relief Society organizations at both the ward and stake levels. Many women benefited from the Relief Society work night classes she taught them. She taught early morning Seminary for many years, spending hours each night preparing the next day’s lesson. Alice served in the Columbia River Temple as an ordinance worker for 11 years, stepping down from that assignment at age 89. Along with her husband, Alice served a four-year mission facilitating the Addiction Recovery Program. She also attended the Young Single Adult Ward with Bill while he served as a counselor in the bishopric. Alice was an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Alice served many people with her talents. She was a gracious hostess, an excellent cook, and generously served family and friends many meals. If you left her home hungry, it was your own fault. Her family anxiously waited for her fresh loaves of bread, often baked in apple juice or shortening cans, every Saturday. Alice decorated and shared wedding cakes, canned countless jars of fruits and vegetables, and enjoyed sewing clothes for herself and her family. Alice loved music, particularly hymns of the Church and was delighted when Charlie, the family canary, would sing for her. She was service-oriented and consistently provided care and relief for those in need.
Alice is survived by Bill, her husband of 66 years, and her children, Valerie (Bruce) Schreiner of Saratoga Springs, Utah; Joni (Jim) Alldredge of Pleasant Grove, Utah; John (Michele) of Lewiston, Idaho; Kip (Lisa) of Pensacola, Florida; Doug (Marcella) of Walla Walla, Washington and Ed Matt (Sharon) of Park City, Utah; 20 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and one great-great- granddaughter, as well as her siblings, Dorothy (Dot) Obray of Ogden, Utah; Susie Zobell of Sandy, Utah; George Schick of Fruit Heights, Utah; and Mary Evans of Santa Clara, California .
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings Ruth Cloward, Seth Schick, Sterling Schick, and Kay Moore; as well as her son, Mark.
The family expresses heartfelt thanks to those who provided professional and compassionate care for Alice while she was ill including Rosa, Diana, and Isaidora at Beyond Senior Care; and Michelle, Sheila, Annette, and Gaylord at A+ Hospice.
A funeral will be held Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah at 2 p.m. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Alice will be laid to rest in the Kaysville City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 Fairfield Rd, Layton, Utah 84041. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humanitarian Aid Fund for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/?lang=eng
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed at www.lindquistmortuary.com by scrolling to the bottom of Alice’s obituary page.