Alice R. Pendergast
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Alice R. Pendergast
  • May 5, 1928 - January 17, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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Alice Roselyn Pendergast, of Phoenix - a beloved mother, grandmother and wife - passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2017 at age 88.

She was known as a loving and generous person, often silently contributing to the education of young people. She anonymously donated scholarships, eye glasses, jackets, school supplies, toys and computers to Valley kids through schools. A native Arizonan, Mrs. Pendergast was born in Humboldt on May 5, 1928, the youngest of eight children, to Francis A. and Anna Estella Land. The Land Family moved from Prescott to Phoenix in 1935.

Known by her childhood nickname "Snookie," she was chosen Queen of Capitol School before attending Adams School for 7th and 8th grades in Phoenix. An avid athlete, she competed in softball, tennis, basketball, volleyball and swimming. Graduating from Phoenix Union High School in 1946, Alice represented Phoenix Union in Girls League, Girls Letter Club and as Girls Representative for the Senior Class. She held several administrative jobs in Phoenix while dating the love of her life, Clarence "Clancy" Pendergast, Jr., as he attended the University of Arizona. Clarence and Alice were married July 25, 1952 at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix and together raised a family of four children on a farm in Glendale.

Though completely devoted to her husband and children, she later enjoyed civic activities including Glendale Chapter C of the women's organization PEO, Red Hatters, and the Methodist Church Mary Martha Circle. She supported Clarence in his civic activities, especially enjoying spouse involvement in Salt River Project Board & Council, and Glendale Rotary Club. She cherished her bridge club friends and weekly luncheons at Bitzee Mama's in Glendale. Their children attended Pendergast Elementary School and Alice was active as a homeroom mother, coach and contributor for decades. Pendergast School named its new library in her honor in 2009. The Alice Pendergast Library & Media Center is host to many educational, holiday and family functions in the Pendergast District - and brought her great joy. She cherished children and highly valued the importance of education.

The greatest source of joy and pride for Alice and Clarence were their children - Colleen, Bonnie, Carolyn, and Clancy; and granddaughter Victoria. She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Clarence C. Pendergast, Jr., as well as her parents, and brothers Harry and Warren Land; sisters Alberta Keene, Marion Allard, Margaret Land, Frances Kirkland and Nonie Thomas. Alice is survived by her children, Colleen McPherson Roble of Kansas City, Mo., Bonnie Pendergast of Goodyear, Ariz., Carolyn Pendergast of Phoenix, Ariz., and Clarence "Clancy" Pendergast III of Los Angeles, Calif; and granddaughter Victoria McPherson of San Francisco, Calif.

While the family appreciates the thoughtfulness of relatives and friends, the graveside memorial service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Alice Pendergast Library, Pendergast Elementary School, 3802 N. 91st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85037, Attn: Principal Mike Woolsey.