Alice Kerr Delwiche

Delwiche, Alice

d. May 20, 2014

Alice Kerr Delwiche died peacefully on May 20, 2014, after a long illness. She was 95. Born in 1918 in San Luis Obispo, her parents, a hydraulic engineer and a teacher were native Californians.

In 1940 she received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from UC Berkeley, where she also met Constant C. (“Connie”) Delwiche — future UC Davis professor of geobiology, major general, and her husband of 58 years — while both were enrolled as graduate students.

They were married in 1943 at Ft. Meade, South Dakota, where Connie was stationed in the 88th Glider Infantry. Six boys followed over the next 18 years. In 1956-57 the family spent a year of sabbatical leave in Piracicaba, Brazil, where Alice, who already spoke basic Spanish, learned Portuguese.

In 1963 Alice, Connie, and the five younger boys moved to Davis, and Alice accepted a position teaching English as a Second Language in the Winters School District. She later earned a Master’s degree and became a school counselor and administrator. In the mid-1970s Alice converted the old family home on First Street in Davis into “Daphne’s Roost,” a bed-and-breakfast inn.

She traveled extensively, including to Mexico, Cameroon, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Chile and the remote Amazon in Peru. She loved all living things, and was an avid horsewoman and skier throughout her life. Starting in her 60s she ran or walked several miles every morning, a habit which she maintained through her 80s. She also had an artistic side, and was a founding member of the Dam Quilters.

She was preceded in death by Connie in 2001, and is survived by her sister, Jean Stenmark of El Cerrito; her sons Norman, of Omak, Washington, Mark of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Joseph of Denver, James of Grass Valley, Richard of San Francisco, and Charles of Washington; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She will be missed.

There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D St. in Davis, and a funeral mass at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis, with a reception to follow. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in July. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Yolo Hospice.

Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com

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