Alice Mae started elementary school in Bloomfield, but then transferred to Dunham School. She attended Petaluma Junior High School and Petaluma High School, where she graduated in 1944. Alice Mae entered the Cadet Nurse Corps Program at Santa Rosa Junior College. The program was supervised by the United States Public Health Service to train nurses during World War II. Alice Mae graduated in 1947 and became a Registered Nurse. She then attended San Jose State where she met her future husband, George Reeves, of Napa.
Alice Mae and George married in 1950 and moved back to Petaluma to live and work on the family ranch. The ranch was full of character, with 1,500 acres of sheep, turkeys, canyons, draws, and every kind of terrain for hiking, horseback riding, and exploring. Alice Mae rode her horse all over the ranch while she was growing up.
Son Chuck was born in 1951 and son Ken in 1954. The ranch was a perfect place for the boys to grow up in the 1950′s. Alice Mae began her nursing career at Petaluma General Hospital and worked there from 1951 to 1963. About 1962, her parents sold the ranch, retired and moved to Sebastopol. Alice Mae, George, Chuck, and Ken moved to a smaller ranch on Valley Ford Road where the family continued to raise sheep and turkeys. George died in 1971, but the ranch continued operation. After George’s death, Alice Mae worked at El Rose Medical from 1972 to 1978.
Alice Mae remarried in 1978 and moved to town with her husband, Henry Basch. Although she took great pride in her RN status she retired from nursing to enjoy a life of travel and activities with Hank. They traveled to Russia, Greece, Canada, and all over the US. After Hank died, Alice Mae continued to travel to Ireland and Scandinavia with her high school friend, Beverly Lane.
Alice Mae always enjoyed an active social life. She grew up with Roblar 4-H, Rainbow Girls, and the Rebekah Lodge. As an adult she attended the same exercise class for over 20 years. She kept herself busy with the Petaluma Women’s Club, the Hospital Auxiliary, the X-Red Hats Grape Dames, and the Classics. When she wasn’t at a social event, she was probably shopping.
Alice Mae is survived by her sister, Wilma Steinbeck, now of Georgia; survived by son Chuck, wife Nancy, and their children Meghan and Zack (fiancée Ashley); son Ken and children Kendra (Casey) Roy, Jackie (Rich) Rottman; and great-grandchildren Colton Roy, Avery and Caydence Rottman. Survived by nieces and nephews of the DeMarta family; predeceased by Brad DeMarta; survived by cousins of the Steinbeck and Kirkland families; survived by members of the extended Reeves and Basch families; survived by many treasured life-long friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. Memorial contribution may be sent to the Faith Presbyterian Church, 190 Arlen Dr., Rohnert Park 94928; the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, P.O. Box 1283, Rohnert Park, CA 94927; or Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952.