Alice Strong Urbano died peacefully on June 30, 2018, in Edmonds, Wash. She was 68 years old and had been battling health issues.
Born in San Gabriel, Calif., to The Rev. Paul DeWitt Urbano and Mary-Louise Strong Urbano, Alice moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1952, with her parents and older sisters, Marilou and Pauline. Her sister Francesca and brother Paul Jr. were born in Phoenix.
Alice’s father was the founding rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School. Her mother was a piano teacher and volunteer. Both were from New York.
Alice grew up in Phoenix and vacationed each summer in Raymond, Maine, with the family of her father’s close friend, The Rev. Bill Van Wyck. During those days, Alice became an accomplished swimmer, diver and water-skier.
After high school, Alice attended college and earned a medical assistant degree. She moved to Seattle, where she worked as a medical assistant and lived on a Lake Union houseboat. She eventually started a bookkeeping business and later worked as an innkeeper at the Boatyard Inn on Whidbey Island. She volunteered at the Langley Woodmen Cemetery.
Eventually she returned to the mainland and lived the reminder of her life in Edmonds, Wash., where she volunteered at the MSHH Donor Closet. Alice had devoted friends wherever she lived.
For the past 30-plus years, Alice vacationed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She had a family of friends there, too.
Alice was a free spirit and a great deal of fun. She was adored by her nieces and nephews, and planned pizza and movie nights with them when they were young. She was a beautiful dancer and collected art, especially sculpture. People often commented on her beautiful smile and contagious laugh. She was loved by many and leaves us all richer for having known her.
Alice is predeceased by her father, mother and brother. She is survived by her loving sisters Marilou Urbano Rolfe (James), Pauline Urbano Hechler (Gene) and Francesca Urbano Kerr (Dick); her stepmother, Carol Miser Urbano; her stepsister, Teri Miser Fitch (Tobey); her devoted nieces and nephews Kimberly Failla (Michael Sheehan), Bradford Hines, Beau Crosetto (Kristina), Gina Hurford (John), Anne Schodde (Allen), Phoebe Fox (Michael), David King (Kimberly), Michael Kerr, and Christopher Kerr (Sian); her step-niece, Alexandria Fitch; 16 grandnieces and nephews; and her loving dog Sophie.
Alice requested there be no memorial service; family and friends are gathering in various locations to remember her.