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Alice M. Thomas

KSAL StaffJuly 1, 2019

Alice M. Thomas of Salina passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 surrounded by her family at the age of 96. She was born on September 2, 1922 in Salina, Kansas to Martin and Hattie Leonard, one of eight children. She married Elmer (Boots) Montee after World War II. They raised their four children in Gypsum. She married Ernest (Tom) Thomas Jr. from Wichita and after his death, married Alan D. Rowan Sr. of Wichita.

Alice is survived by her children Monty (Sheryl) Montee, LaDonna (Dennis) Toews and Joleen (Gary) O’Neal and daughter in-law, Patricia (Michael) Montee; grandchildren, Brent (Sheri) Bennett, Kimberly (Tom) Stith, Lara (Tommy) Laughlin, Wes (Kimberly) Montee, Amy (Todd) Burton, Kelley (Josh) Tuel, Ryan O’Neal, Marcee (Jeremy) Cosby, Megan (John Arriola) O’Neal, Stacy (Jeremy) Schmidtlein; great-grandchildren, Miranda Stith, Molly Stith, Jackson Montee, Makayla Montee, Jake Montee, Bailey Cosby, Brendan Cosby, Brooks Cosby, Michael Laughlin, Jenna Laughlin, Nathan Laughlin, Grace Burton, Josh Burton, Carson Schmidtlein, Logan Schmidtlein, Ella Schmidtlein, Colvin Gibson, Tyler O’Neal, Bennett Tuel, Hadley Tuel, Abbi Toews, Ainsley Toews, Emerson Toews, Carson Toews, Camden Toews, Tyler Toews, and Katelynn Toews. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Michael Montee, her parents, 7 siblings, her husbands and son in-law, Marvin Bennett.

Alice loved music and dancing and met two of her husbands at dances. Alan and Alice attended three senior dances every week until their health failed. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her life. She was a very caring and kind lady who always looked out for others. She was confirmed at the Salina Immanuel Lutheran Church where she and her siblings learned to love the Lord. Her girlfriends provided her company on trips, mall walking and accompanied her to dances when she was single. Alice loved to find treasures at Wichita estate sales and traveled Alaska, Hawaii, and many Caribbean Cruises.

Viewing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 East Crawford, Salina with the service scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Her burial will follow the service at Fremont Cemetery, McPherson County.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Roselawn Mortuary, PO Box 2322, Salina, 67402.

For online condolences contact Roselawn at

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