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Alice Kirts Mounts passed away peacefully in the early morning at Willow Crossing Health & Rehabilitation Center, Columbus, Indiana.
Alice was born to Roscoe Jacob Wilson and Mary Louisa Buchanan of Decatur County, IN, on September 11, 1925. They named her Alice Louise Wilson.
She is survived by sons, Stephen Kirts of Loogootee, IN, Stanley Kirts (Paula) of Columbus, IN, and Stuart Kirts (Teresa) of Jacksonville, FL; by daughters, Sharon Kirts (Leland Thompson) of Minneapolis, MN, and Shirley Kirts of Racine, WI; by 14 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; and by her brother, Donald (Rachel) of Franklin, IN. She is also survived by other dear relatives and innumerable friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe and Mary Wilson; her beloved grandsons, Jonathan Baker and Joshua Colglazier; Raymond Kirts, the father of her five children; and special friends, Beatrice Howell, Harold Hinkle, Lynn Barkheimer, and George Budd, with whom she shared many happy times.
The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Dennis W. Aud officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to time of service Monday. Cremation will follow the service and a graveside inurnment service will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Vernon Cemetery in Vernon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rockcreek Bulldog Boosters, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Alzheimer's Association.
Online condolences may be sent to the Mounts family at www.barkesweaverglick.com
During her early years, Alice attended a number of elementary schools around the Indianapolis, IN, area. She graduated from Pike Township High School in 1943. Following her graduation from high school, she moved to Indianapolis, IN, and worked as a clerk typist for American States Insurance Company.
During that time, she rented a room from John and Helen Kirts Marion. She met her first husband, Raymond Kirts, when he visited his sister Helen following his WW II discharge from the Army. Alice and Raymond were married September 14, 1945. In 1947, they purchased the 23-acre homestead from Harvey and Grace Kirts (Raymond’s parents) and when their firstborn child, Stephen Kirts, was 9 months old they moved to Rural Route 5, Georgetown Road, Columbus, Indiana. Alice lived in the Columbus area for the remainder of her life.
Alice was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and homemaker for many years while her 5 children were growing up. She was very involved in her children’s school and extracurricular activities. As one teacher told her during a parent-teacher conference, her youngest son once told the teacher that his mother “would do anything to help the school.” And she did.
She was very active in church activities, including Women’s Circle, teaching Sunday School for young adults, and helping organize the annual Bible school at Mount Olive Methodist Church on Georgetown Road, Columbus, IN. When she later moved to Columbus, she was a member of First Methodist Church in Columbus, IN, where she participated in many activities including helping organize and participate in the annual spaghetti dinner. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Columbus Chapter.
At the “young” age of 49, Alice enrolled in the School of Practical Nursing (Indiana Vocational Technical College - Region 10) and graduated from that program on September 14, 1975, just 3 days after her 50th birthday. The Practical Nurse Licensing Board called the Vocational College after the state licensing exam and informed the school that Alice’s board scores were among the highest recorded in Indiana history.
Shortly thereafter Alice moved to Central Avenue in Columbus, and in addition to working in Columbus as a Licensed Practical Nurse, she had the opportunity to do many things which she said she’d never dreamed of being able to do, including visiting many states on cross country road trips to California, Minnesota, Florida and Wisconsin. During one of her visits to California, she had the opportunity to attend the Rose Bowl Parade and on another visit she spent a week on Catalina Island with family. In 2005 she was thrilled to go on a 10-day cruise with other family members on the Carnival Miracle which made several stops at islands in the western Caribbean. Her trip of a lifetime, however, occurred in the mid 1980's, when she traveled to Europe, visiting Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
When Alice first began working as a Licensed Practical Nurse, she anticipated working several years and then retiring. The “several” years turned into many years, culminating in her retirement in 2004 at the age of 79.
She was first employed by Bartholomew County Hospital for 9 years, working in the Emergency Room, and the Cardiac Care and Intensive Care Units.
Then she was offered a job which couldn’t have fit her better if it had been especially designed for her. When it was decided to have a school nurse in every elementary school, Alice was chosen as one of the first group of nurses assigned to work in the Bartholomew County elementary schools She worked as a school nurse for 19 years, including assignments to Southside, Fodrea, Lillian Schmidt, Lincoln, and Rockcreek. She worked most of those years at Rockcreek School prior to her retirement in 2004.
She firmly believed that children learn best when they feel well, even if sometimes the treatment needed was simply a break and little TLC for a few minutes before returning to their classroom. Alice went well beyond providing physical care to “her” students. For example, a well-loved long term family friend often told people that “if a child had a need for clothing or a coat, or something else, Alice would always see to it that it happened.” She loved the children and their parents as well as the staff and her affection was fully reciprocated. The staff of Rockcreek planned a rousing convocation in the school gymnasium (including a “roast” by friend Mary Clark) followed by a lovely reception and brunch for her retirement which demonstrated their appreciation for her many years of service.
In 2004, Sandra Kirts Cantrell nominated Alice for the coveted Bellringer Award which is among the state's highest honors bestowed by the Indiana Department of Education. She was awarded that honor by Dr. Suellen Reed, State of Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, who bestowed the award with a certificate and which is commemorated by a lovely plaque.
Alice was a “people person” who showed her love and caring to her family, friends, and the community in so many ways. When not working or volunteering, Alice loved to read and work in her flower garden. But most of all she loved and cherished the time spent with her extended family, “her” school children, and many friends.