September 4, 2009


Alice Coombes 


inmemory coombesAlice Ann Collins Coombes passed away Thursday, September 3, 2009, surrounded by her family.


She was born January 4, 1926 on the family farm in Farmer City, Illinois to Frederick Adair Collins and Georgia Margaret Stickney Collins. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley area of California and graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1944. After graduation, Alice worked as a model, volunteered at the famous USO Hollywood Canteen, volunteered at military hospitals in the Los Angles area, did some modeling for military recruitment material, and she was a cover girl, appearing on the covers of Family Circle, and Women’s Digest among others.


She married Naval Aviator George William Coombes, Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 9, 1945. The young couple lived in several cities in California while George pursued a career with Union Oil Company of California before moving to Midland where they have made their home since 1957.


Alice was an energetic homemaker, avid gardener, and was active with the Ranchland Hills Lady’s Golf Association, the Commemorative Air Force and Permian Basin Public Television.


Highlights of her rich life in Midland were watching her daughter Ann win the Midland City Golf Championship, seeing her son Bill become Chief of Staff of the Commemorative Air Force, and being known as “Mimi” to her loving grandchildren Will and Allyson. She loved gardening and enjoyed the continuous comments from Midlanders on her beautiful lawn and garden. She was particularly proud to be featured in the Permian Basin PBS television series, “Proud Heritage Pioneers,” for her efforts on the home front during WW II, and to have her house and yard featured by the Midland Parade of Homes and Keep Midland Beautiful.


Alice is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, George Coombes; a brother, Lyle Collins of Thousand Oaks, California; a son, George W. “Bill” Coombes III and daughter-in-law, Elise of Midland, Texas; daughter, Ann Adair Coombes Goodman of Bryan-College Station, Texas; grandson, George W. “Will” Coombes IV of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Allyson Adair Goodman of Bryan-College Station, Texas, and friends too numerous to mention.


Celebrations of her life included a public gathering at the CAF George and Barbara Bush Commemorative Center, and a private observance at Dollye Neal Chapel on the Midland College campus. Arrangements were under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.


The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dr. Greg Bartha Health Sciences Scholarship at Midland College. If you wish to the an online donation, visit Give a Gift or, you can mail your donation to:


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