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Alice Marie Graves Irving

Obituary for Alice Marie Graves Irving

April 5, 1944 - May 19, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 75


Alice Marie Graves Irving, RN, BSN, MSN, passed away on Sunday May 19, 2019. She was born in Conway, MO, April 5, 1944 to Mary Mildred Shockley Graves and Homer Lee Graves. She was raised on a farm near Conway, MO and attended the Reed School, and then moved with her mother to St. Louis, MO where she attended Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School. She graduated a Registered Nurse from the Mercy School of Nursing, Ft. Scott, KS in 1965 and after a brief period as an RN at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis she was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Following Officer Basic-Medical training at Gunter AFB, Montgomery, AL, early in 1966 she completed 3 ½ years active duty in the Pediatrics Unit, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX and was honorably discharged from the USAF as a Captain in 1969. In 1968 she married Dr. George W. Irving III (Captain in 1968 and then Colonel, USAF, Retired) and lived on Brooks Air Force Base. She gave birth to one son, George W. Irving IV (Colonel USAF, Retired) in 1970. She lived in Norfolk, VA (1975-1976), and Rockville and Potomac, MD (1976-1991); retuning to Brooks AFB, San Antonio, TX (1991-1995); and then Fair Oaks Ranch, TX (1995-2019). While at Brooks AFB in the early 1970's she pursued her BS in nursing at the University of the Incarnate Word (then Incarnate Word College), San Antonio, TX, graduating Cum Laude in 1975. During their 4 tours of duty in the Washington, D.C. area she completed a MSN degree in Long Term Care at the George Mason University, Arlington, VA. Her professional career included Instructor, School of Nursing, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD; Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing, Montgomery College, Tacoma Park, MD; Home Care Nurse at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD; Director of Professional Services, Up John Home Health Care, Bethesda, MD; Nurse Consultant & Medicare Surveyor, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Government of the District of Columbia. Returning to Texas in September 1991 she continued her professional career as a Nurse Consultant & Medicare Surveyor, with the Texas Department of Health, Austin, TX, retiring in 1999.

Alice participated in many community and church activities. She became a professed Secular Franciscan in 1978. She worked tirelessly on the program committee for the twice a year Washington DC Veterinary Galas (AF, Army, and Public Health Service). She assisted in editing the Holy Name Province Secular Franciscan Newsletter from 1988 to 1991; and later published the San Jose Fraternity SFO Monthly Newsletter ((The Little Flower), February 2000 to 2006, during her two terms as minister of that Secular Franciscan Fraternity. Additionally after returning to San Antonio, TX in 1991 she was an active member of the Brooks Officers Wives Club (President 1991 to 1994). She was a Military Civilian Club: Member, 1991-2018 (Corresponding Secretary, Courtesy Chair, and Custodian Chair) and then the Hill Country Newcomers: Member 1995-2018 (Publicity Chair, TGIF Chair, and Care Chair). She was an ardent member of the Assistance League of San Antonio, from 2000 to 2018, Supporting Operation School Bell, chairing the "Planning for Safety" program, and participating many years in sewing baby gowns and in the production of decorated ball caps for young cancer patients. She was a long time member of the DPH Society (Friends of Brooks AFB), (1993-2009). She was a member of the Women of Fair Oaks Ranch (2001 to 2018), participating as the Telephone Chair and in the many activities of the club. Alice was a parishioner at St. Joseph Honey Creek Catholic Church, Spring Branch, TX, beginning in 1995 and served as a Eucharistic Minister (1996-2016); participated in Eucharistic Adoration, (1999 to present), and an annual Festival worker from 1999 to 2017. She was a member of the St. Joseph Honey Creek Catholic Church, ACTS II Team (2003-2017); and continued to be an active professed member of the San Jose Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order, San Jose Mission, San Antonio, TX.

She was a Co-recipient (with husband, George W. Irving III) of the 2002 Profiles in Leadership award for volunteer contributions in San Antonio, TX; Mission City Business and Professional Women, May 15, 2002, San Antonio, TX. She was honored in 2013 for her Viet Nam era Active Duty Air Force Service by the US Army Recruiting Battalion, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. George W. Irving III, Colonel, USAF Retired, of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, and her son, Colonel George W. Irving IV, USAF, Retired, of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019
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MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019
10:00 AM

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