Alice Daisy (Poile) Durham


Durham, Alice_ovalDecember 12, 1950 ~ April 7, 2017

Alice Daisy (Poile) Durham, 66, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 7, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Memorial Service will be held in her honor, at the Pierre American Legion, 1PM, on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Alice was the second child, born of Walter Poile, Sr. and Cleo (Burger) Poile. She was born December 12, 1950, in Gettysburg, SD, at the home of her paternal Grandparents. Alice moved with her family to Pierre, SD, at the age of 2 and made it her home for most of her life. She married Henry (Tuck) Durham in 1969, and the couple had three daughters. Later, Alice had a 4th daughter on her own. She worked at several different restaurants and lounges in Pierre and was a loyal and hard worker and loved managing businesses. Alice treated her employees as friends; many of Alice’s lifelong friends were also coworkers.

Alice was an amazing woman cherished and loved by many family members, coworkers and friends. She will always be remembered for her infectious laugh, big beautiful smile, her loving and giving nature and her ability, even at 4’10”, to command attention and be in charge. She loved crossword puzzles, to read books and watch TV series’ like CSI, but her first and greatest love was for each and every one of her family members.

Alice is survived by her mother, Cleo Poile, Pierre, SD; four daughters: Tammy Ragels, Ft. Pierre, SD, Samantha Durham, Harvey, ND, Pamela Brewer, Sioux Falls, SD, and Kammy Durham, Blackhawk, SD; 4 brothers: Gene, North Platte, NE, Michael, Canyonville, OR, Ed, Pierre, SD, and Tim, Rugby, ND; 3 sisters: Carol (Mick) Ballweg, Pierre, SD, Cindy (Ron) Maszk, Pierre, SD, and LeAnn Poile (Wade), Sioux Falls, SD; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alice was preceded in death by her father, Walter Poile, Sr.; and sisters-in-law, Pamela Poile and Jane Poile.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to help others who are also battling with cancer and will be named at the Memorial Service.

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  • Cindy Maszk says:

    Ali-Poo….you are so very loved and will be eternally missed. I will cherish each and every memory of you for all of my life, my dear sweet ‘big sister’. I love you!

  • vicki rayson says:

    Iwill miss you forever.I still drink a glass bottle of coke everyday. Love you.

  • Sandee Billet-Smith says:

    So sorry to hear this..I sold Avon to Alice many years ago…she was a gem…

  • Kianna Durham says:

    Oh my sweet Grammy! My loving, caring, would give anyone the shirt off her back! Tucker and I will miss you daily! We love you so much

  • kelly rayson says:

    my heart is in pain because Alice is such a wonderful soul. Even at my worst she always had words to encourage me to go on. God takes his Angels and we don’t always except that but I know in my heart she is better and free. God bless you all, your mom was a very special lady who I will always remember and love. your cousin Kelly

  • Janice Frye says:

    So very sorry I didn’t get to see you , one day too late, you were a life long friend , will always remember you, no more suffering, you rest in peace and prayers to your family

  • John Anderson says:

    So sorry to hear about Alice, she was a wonderful person and a great friend of our family… I remember all the fun times we had living only 3 houses away on good old Dakota street.. rest in Gods loving arms Alice….

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