Marcine H Alder

1928 ~ 2023

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On Thursday, April 27, 2023, Marcine ‘H’ Alder (née Hansen and known throughout her life as “Sue”), loving and loyal mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 95.

Sue was born April 10, 1928 in Soda Springs, Idaho, to Charles and Rachel (née Higginson) Hansen, who died from complications from childbirth. A “blue baby” not expected to live long either, Sue was brought to the home of her mother’s sister, Pearl (Roy) Lewis, whose love and vigilance helped Sue to survive and thrive. She remained with her aunt and was raised with the love of two homes: her aunt and uncle who were “mom” and “dad” and her father Charles and his second wife, Clara (née Plant).

Sue grew up in Bancroft, Idaho, where she studied dance and music from a young age, sang alto in school and church choirs. She had a beautiful voice, and loved to sing, and was a very talented pianist. She had a quick wit with a warm sense of humor. She loved to laugh and have others laugh with her.

After graduating from North Gem High School in May 1946, Sue attended one semester at the University of Idaho—Southern Branch in nearby Pocatello, Idaho.

On December 27, 1946, she married the love of her life, Orin Louis “Lou” Alder, an officer in the US Air Force. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints March 16, 1956. Lou’s military service took Sue far from her small hometown in Idaho to several places around the country and even overseas to Australia. During this time, they also raised three daughters and one son before Lou’s retirement from the USAF as a Major General in 1974.

A life–long member of the Church of Jesus Christ, Sue loved the gospel and had great faith in her Heavenly Father and His love for her. She served in many different capacities, mainly through music and teaching the children. One of her favorite experiences in life was to serve alongside her husband when he was mission president of the England Manchester Mission (1976-79).

Sue was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; Hansen sisters Donnetta DeVoe, Beth Holbrook, Iris Smith, and Lewis sisters: Eva Davids, Joy Christensen; Hansen brothers Dean, Willis, Vear, and Donald Lewis. She is survived by her brother Norman Hansen; her children Joy (Mike) Weinkauf, Gaye Gaskell, Louis “Butch” (Diana) Alder, and Katie (Douglas) Libby; 18 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday May 26, 2023 at the Chesterfield, Idaho cemetery at 12:00 noon.

God be with you ‘til we meet again, Mom. We love you always.

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So sorry for your loss

- J.R.

I only met her 2-3 times but she was always kind and had a wonderful family.

- Bill Black

My sincere condolences to the Alder family. May the good Lord bless you with understanding and knowledge of the sweet reunion on the other side. Sister Alder was a God send to all missionaries. God bless all of your family.

- Russ Pierson