Aileen Josephine Alves, 81, of Naselle, Wash., died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, in Longview, Wash.

Mrs. Alves was born Aug. 16, 1921, on the family farm near Chinook, Wash., the youngest child of Elmer and Josephine Varila Hill.

On Dec. 14, 1939, she married John Alves in San Francisco. He died in 1987.

As a child, Mrs. Alves moved to Brownsmead, then Naselle. She graduated from Naselle High School in 1939. She then moved to San Francisco to be near her older siblings. In 1951, she returned to Naselle and worked for Western Wahkiakum Telephone as an operator for more than 24 years. She also assisted in her husband's meat business, John's Meat Locker, for many years.

She was an active member of the Naselle Assembly of God Church where she was president of the Women's Ministries for 45 years. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, upholstery, clamming, crawfishing, poetry, portrait painting, wallpapering and being outdoors by a campfire. Family members say she was proud of her Finnish ancestry.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Mike Bighill of Naselle; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Carole Alves of Naselle; a brother, Elmer Hill of Camino, Calif.; a sister, Hilda Johnson of Naselle; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, five brothers, Art, Oscar, Wayne, Martin and Eric Johnson, and two sisters, Esther Wirkkala and Elsie Dalton, all died earlier.

Visitation is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Naselle Assembly of God Church with a funeral at 1 p.m. Committal follows at Peaceful Hills Cemetery in Naselle. A reception follows at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Women's Ministries Fund or Youth Ministries Fund at Naselle Assembly of God, in care of Penttila's Chapel by the Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.


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