In memory of
Our beautiful and spiritual sister Alice passed away August 19, 2019 at 67 years old and is now in the arms of her Lord Jesus. She leaves behind her sisters, Joyce Tatum, Joanie Rafidi Oxhammar, Sandi Beaver and Terri Kunz, as well as her nieces and nephews, cousins, neighbors, and many friends and former colleagues. 'Auntie Al' as she was affectionally known, remembered every single birthday, every single event, and every single characteristic of everyone she knew. Throughout the years, she never once forgot to send presents and cards to everyone and would even sing a happy birthday song reaching even her niece and nephews in Sweden on their birthdays. She would make sure that events were fun for everyone by opening her home and entertaining all by arranging games and decorating to fit the occasion. She loved life and she loved TV game shows so she applied to be a contestant on Family Feud, Who wants to be a Millionaire? And The Price is Right to name a few. She was also an "extra" in films and TV shows and a volunteer cast-member in the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. Alice was a SoCal girl. Born in Youngstown Ohio in 1952 to Azzam and Lamia Rafidi, they moved to Southern California when she was one year old. Since then, this beach girl lived in Gardena, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, and Newport Beach finally settling down in her beloved Huntington Beach. Her favorite fun things to do were to attend the annual Air Show and the 4th of July parade. But Alice was also an active member of her community with several service plaques commemorating her volunteer activities. She became a member of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce when she started a new business called, "Surf City Tours." In 1991 and again in 1992, Alice purchased one-square feet (twice) of the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier (Lot 000278 block AC) and (Lot 002112 Block AD.) Visit the pier and you will find her name etched into the memorial there. Alice had two favorite hobbies collecting American-themed pinback buttons and camels, the latter consisting of 65 camels in a wide variety of materials and sizes; both collections were exhibited at the 2013 Orange County Fair where she was also a volunteer. Alice wrote, "I've been collecting camels for years. It started when my father brought me a hand-carved wooden camel after visiting Jerusalem in 1972." Alice loved to travel. She visited her ancestry home of Palestine (both parents were born there) twice and was vigilant in keeping in touch with the Rafidis/Rafeedie families there. She has traveled to Europe a few times and according to her Travel Bucket List she was exactly 50% towards hitting her 50-state goal. She also enjoyed playing tennis in tournaments and even covered professionals playing tennis as a journalist for the 1977 Davis cup. She saw Billy Jean King and many other greats of her time. Alice was a woman of faith. She loved Jesus Christ and was a member of Calvary Chapel and was active with bibles studies as leader at her place of work as well. In 1994, her testimony was broadcast on The 700 Club (delivering Jesus' message) as a segment entitled "The Feminist Mistake". Alice was passionate about spreading the Lord's word and helping others. She tutored children and for eleven years, she also volunteered as a counselor for Camp Alandale, a year-long facility ministering to abused foster children. The joy this brought her was boundless. It helped to fuel her lifelong love and passion for Jesus Christ. Graduating with a masters in Management from Webster University, and a BA in Journalism/PR from Cal/State University Long Beach, Alice's career involved copywriting, editing, journalism, the latter working for the Newporter Mesa News. Alice then started her own business called Rafidi's Graffiti working with marketing, advertising and PR. Her long career in aerospace started in 1982 at Ford Aerospace in Newport Beach as a senior technical writer. In 1985, she was employed by McDonnel Douglas/ The Boeing Company for over 25 years as a business writer working with project and business management, contracts, quality assurance and much more. She also managed a program for Business Management in Space Station. Yet in her own time, she was an avid writer taking classes in TV/Play scriptwriting, documentaries and also kept a daily journal. Alice was enthusiastic and encouraging to those around her. Her charismatic personality charmed all but started to fade as the last few years of her life were destined to overcome many challenges. Starting with leukemia and succeeding through that, she then succumbed to diabetes, and kidney disease culminating with dialysis treatments three times a week. Her quality of life and the love of it waned. So she is now blessed to be with her lord and savior living without pain and in peace. We love you Alice. Your spirit and lovely smile will always be with us.
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