Alice Willman

Alice Willman


April 24, 1939 - October 19, 2023


Alice Yvonne (Frick) Willman, 84, of Wessington Springs, SD, passed away at her home Thursday, October 19, 2023.

Alice was born in Mitchell, SD on April 24, 1939, to Henry and Mayme Frick. She graduated from Gann Valley High School as the Class Valedictorian in 1957. Alice married Willard Willman on December 30, 1959. They drove to Oakland, CA the day after they married and began their life together. Willard worked as a welder at the Chevrolet Plant and Alice was a secretary at Mills Women's College in Berkeley, CA. Family obligations drew them back to South Dakota in April of 1960, so they moved back to the ranch to help his father. Alice was a wonderful cook and a gifted seamstress. She was active on her bowling league and played many years on the ladies golf League. If she wasn't busy canning, sewing, or baking desserts for Willard, she was helping with the ranch work. Alice had several other jobs. She drove the school bus for many years, and was a cook at the Silver Spur café. She obtained her certification as a Licensed Massage Therapist and started Alice's Massage Therapy. This was one of her proudest accomplishments. She enjoyed giving massages to patients at Weskota Manor. Alice and Willard enjoyed many trips to the Denver Stock Show, and the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas.

In 1996, they moved to a new home in Wessington Springs. In 2008, Alice and Willard bought a home in Weslaco, TX. They enjoyed spending warm sunny winters with their special Snow to Sun friends.

Willard passed away in 2020. Alice continued driving back to Texas each Fall vowing to never spend another winter in SD.

She enjoyed caramel rolls at the Senior Center and breakfast at the Springs Inn with her special friends each week. She also loved socializing at Happy Hours. Alice was very patriotic and loved admiring the flag she flew in her yard. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Most of all she loved dancing with her Sweetheart, attending rodeos, playing cards, as well as sitting outside on her swing.

She is survived by her daughters: Rene' Kenney of Soldotna, AK, Terri (Todd) Furchner of Rapid City, SD, and Tanya Jones (Troy Peterson) of Volga, SD; brother, Guy (Melinda) Frick; very special family friend, Mike Kenney; grandchildren: Robin, Justin (Nastia), Kara (Jett), Taylor, Ty, Daniel, Calvin (Cassandra), and Matthew; and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard; parents, Henry and Mayme; and brother, Roger.

The daughters of Alice Willman request the honor of your presence for an afternoon of remembrance, reminiscing, and sharing stories. This celebration of Alice’s life will be held Saturday, April 27, from 2-4:00 PM at the Springs Inn in Wessington Springs. A light lunch will be served. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us in your heart. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

We also encourage friends to share a favorite memory on Mom’s Facebook page. We’ll be sure to read them to her.

The family requests no flowers.


Saturday, April 27, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Springs Inn
201 Main St E
Wessington Springs, SD 57382

Posted by Carole Beckman on April 28, 2024
Alice gave me a Red Rose. She brought it in the office one day and told me I deserved one too. Always happy to see her she was a beautiful person with a beautiful smile.
Posted by Corina Villarreal on November 6, 2023
Our sincere condolences going out to Alice’s daughters. Alice was my massage therapy client. We had a lot of good conversations, and after each session she wouldn’t leave without giving me a hug.. thanking me for giving her such a great massage. She will be missed immensely, but rest assured she’s now joining Wilber up in Heaven. She’ll be Resting in God’s Holy Kingdom! Rest in Peace my Dear Friend! Love to All 🙏❤️
Posted by Chuck Doran on November 4, 2023
I know she is at peace being with Willard again. Was a class act and will be missed. Will miss our talks on the telephone!!!
Posted by Ron E. and Mary Hendricks Hendricks on November 3, 2023
Alice was my high school classmate. We shared many good times and memories. Loved her dearly, but am happy she won't be suffering and is with Willard. Ou sympathy to you.
Posted by Myrna Jenkins Tweet on October 31, 2023
So sorry for your loss, we were cousins and good friends. I will miss her and our conversations.
Posted by Karis on October 26, 2023
Alice always had a beautiful smile I never seen her frown n she passed that smile on to her wonderful daughters…Alice will greatly be missed hugs n prayers to each of you!!
Posted by Christina Christensen on October 25, 2023
I will miss Alice so much 😢
She was so sweet and just had a presence about her.
I felt we had a connection and I was so happy to see her beautiful face....always brought a smile to my face 💗
Posted by Verna Voigt on October 25, 2023
So sorry for your loss, remember working with her at Silver Spur & keeping in touch with her all these years we've been gone
Posted by Verna Voigt on October 25, 2023
So sorry for your loss, remember working with her at Silver Spur & keeping in touch with her all these years we've been gone
Posted by Paulette (Keyser) Zundel on October 25, 2023
Sorry to see this,your mom was a wonderful Lady,always kind,also very helpful. Her and your dad were great friends with my aunt Margret and Bennie Fischer. She will be missed
Posted by Janice Bender on October 24, 2023
Such a great lady! My sympathy to the family.
Posted by Pam Frank on October 24, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to Alice’s family. Alice was a great friend and neighbor, beautiful inside and out. You will be missed by all
Posted by Elaine Wulff on October 23, 2023
Alice was always a great friend. Loved all our conversations and all the shared good times during the past years. Nice she and Willard can be together again. Alice will be greatly missed.
Posted by Tom Riddle on October 23, 2023
I was fortunate to be her Ups man for 35 years,class and beauty inside and out
Posted by Donna Shottenkirk Noski on October 23, 2023
My mom and Alice were great friends and I am thankful for the special relationship they shared. It is so hard to say goodbye but I know Alice is so happy to be home again with Willard. Love to family and friends.
Posted by Tim & Cathy Holzwarth on October 23, 2023
What a sweet and beautiful lady Alice was! Always a warm and friendly smile. We will miss Alice a lot, but it is comforting to know that WIllard and Alice are back together, as they should be!!!
Posted by Cindy Shottenkirk Adams on October 22, 2023
Alice and my Mom Dorothy had some great fun together playing golf and cards. Dancing and going out to eat. Loved seeing her as they passed through on their trips to TX coast.
She will be missed.
Posted by Ann And Larry Olson on October 22, 2023
Alice was always a classy, friendly lady. She will be missed. Our prayers to the family.
Posted by Jim and Ruth Jenkins on October 21, 2023
Sincere sympathy in the loss of your mom. Jim had called her leeek before. She will be so missed. Love and hugs.
Posted by Joy Baker on October 21, 2023
I am so sorry
Alice & I went all through Grade School together & played together as kids & always remained friends
Posted by Donna Satter on October 21, 2023
My sympathy to her family! May her soul rest in peace!
Posted by Rose Carson on October 20, 2023
MY condolences to you all
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