Alice Fisher Whitten was born July 24, 1921, in Spokane, Wash., to Henry and Mildred Fisher. Early life for Alice and three siblings began on the Sieben Sheep Ranch in Eastern Montana, where her father worked as ranch foreman. Losing their mother in 1931 brought the family to the Cooper Spur area on Mount Hood, where they resided at the old Argonne place.
Marrying her high school sweetheart, Jesse Peyton, began an adventure until his death in 1976. Running their small dairy farm in Odell, gardening, bottle digging, picnicking and entertaining family and friends filled their days together.
Later, Clifford Whitten came along and a new life began, which included camping trips to the beach to dig clams as well as a decade of snowbird socializing at their winter home in La Quinta, Calif.
Alice cherished her home in Odell, with the stunning view of Mount Hood. She spent more than 60 years in the house on Ehrck Hill Road. During her life, she worked as a cook in the AGA Packing House café, as well as an assistant cook/lunch lady in both Odell grade and Wy’east high schools. Later, she wrapped meat at Doug’s Meat Market in Odell.
She is fondly known for her delicious, home cooked meals and baked goods as well as her sparkling clean home with fresh flowers on the dining room table. She enjoyed years spent working on Hazel Rebekah Lodge’s charitable projects.
Alice was adored by a lifetime of pesky housecats, who were no doubt waiting to greet her on the other side.
Alice passed away on Feb. 17, 2018, in The Dalles, Ore. She is survived by brother Jerry Fisher and wife Celeste in Big Fork, Mont., son David Peyton and wife Carolyn in Odell, daughter Carole Barger and partner John Fugitt in Ocean Park, Wash., and step-daughter Kay Sorenson and husband Greg of Sherwood, Ore., as well as seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
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