November 6, 1933 ~ June 28, 2013
The Western Folklife Center is saddened to hear of the passing of Alice Hancock in an automobile accident that occurred June 28, 2013 in Lakeview, Oregon. Alice was an invited poet to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2004 and again in 2007. Raised in southern Arizona and New Mexico, mostly in a small farming community on the Gila River, Alice met and married the late Sunny Hancock in 1957. Sunny and Alice led the cowboy and ranching way of life where they raised children, rode horses, worked cattle, branded calves and more.
Alice learned to recite poetry from her mother, who recited and sang the old songs and poems of the West. After marrying Sunny, Alice was introduced to his own cowboy poetry as well as the classics and others; and she also enjoyed reciting poetry written in the western woman's voice.
Our best wishes and deepest sympathies go out to the family. A memorial service was held at the Lakeview Eagle’s Lodge on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4 p.m, followed by a potluck dinner. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lakeview Disaster Unit, P.O. Box 1007, Lakeview 97630 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.