Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Alice Pressley Memorial
Alice Pressley Memorial

Alice Pressley

Alice Pressley

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Alice McNabb Pressley, age 72, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Washington.   She was born on September 20, 1937 in Waynesville, North Carolina the daughter of Sam and Gladys (Mitchell) McNabb.

Alice grew up in North Carolina and at age 11  she and her family moved to Hamilton and she has resided in the Hamilton-Birdsview area since.  Alice was married to Jack Pressley in March of 1956 in Hamilton and they celebrated almost 50 years together until his passing in June of 2005.  Alice loved to cook and at one time she owned and operated the Lyman Restaurant,  she later worked as the Sedro-Woolley Bakery and she retired as a cook for the Sedro-Woolley School District at the High School.

She enjoyed quilting, attending activities at the Senior Center, but most of all her family was the center of her life which included her son Larry, her sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Alice is survived by her son, Larry Pressley of Mount Vernon.  Her companion, Charles Pressley of Birdsview.  4 sisters, Margaret Ammons of Punkin  Center, Barbara Dills and her husband Gordon Jr. of Hamilton,  Ima Smith and her husband Larry of Soap Lake, WA and Polly Buchanan and her husband Ben of Rockport, TX.  Also numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jack; a brother-in-law, Dennis Ammons, and a nephew, Matthew Ammons.

At Alice’s request, there are to be no services.


  • Shannon

    Alice, You were a great gal. I loved running into you and chatting you up. You somehow always got me laughing. YOu will be missed.

  • George and Susie Brzee

    We will miss our Aunt Alice. She was a very loving, caring person. We all learned so much from her, and have so many special memories that will be with us forever. I love you Alice!
    Larry you are in my thoughts and prayer.

  • Karen & Loyd Nystuen

    Larry sorry to here about the passing of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief.

  • Amy Hollingsworth

    I will dearly miss our still frequent run ins. I met alice in highschool and she has been a great friend ever since. We will all have one more angel watching out for us. Much Love to all who care for her. Amy

  • Randi Blanton DeVries

    Larry, I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. What great memories we have of living on the hill. Your mom is apart of that. I was just up on Gripp rd the other day… Such great times. Your are in my prayers. Randi Blanton DeVries

  • Bud and Brenda Ashe

    Alice’s smile and friendliness will always be remembered. No matter where you saw her, she always had time to stop and chat for a minute. She always had a caring manner for others and would help anyone when possible. She is going to be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alice’s family.

  • Margaret Fleek

    Alice befriended me when I moved here in 1991, and I so appreciated her wonderful spirit and sense of enjoyment of life! And that lady could cook! We will never forget her!

  • Lorri Pfluger

    I spent alot of time with my Aunt Alice when I was growing up~
    She influenced me in so many ways~
    She was the most generous person I ever knew~ she was there for so many people, including myself, when they had any need- no matter how great or small, she was there with all she had~ to help in whatever way she could. She was a natural caregiver~ caring was her specialty and she did it so well that once you were Loved by Alice, that love surrounded you for a lifetime.

    Alot of her rubbed off on me- I love big purses and colorful clothes~ I love big earings and rings~ she loved Life and was never into what was “cool”…She was into what she liked~ therefore, making it “cool”. I always thought she was one of the most beautiful women in the the world~ inside and out. She taught me the words to every single Waylon song~ she taught me to look at the lighter side of Life~
    She let me drive before I was allowed to- she gave me my first pair of big earrings and bought me my first Creedence Clearwater album. She made me laugh harder than most anyone I have ever known~
    Once when I was grown, I decided to complain to her once about my husband~ I thought I could get some sympathy ;)….I said “he works all the time and does’nt pay enough attention to me”….she said ” Oh, quit your whinin and thank the Good Lord you ain’t married to no Lazy man”… she made me laugh and I forgot about my problems… another time, we were together going to a work meeting together( for the SWSD) and I said ” oh, I should have had something to eat”… and she reached down into her purse and pulled out a baggie with a biscuit in it and said “here honey, eat this biscuit~ you’ll feel better”. I never once saw her, in any situation, where she was unprepared~ or speechless
    I could write a book with all that she has added to my life and I know that there are a hundred more who could say the same~ she truly LIVED~
    I will miss her~
    I know everyone else will too~
    Larry, Uncle Charlie, Margaret, Debbie and Barbara and everyone else, my thoughts and prayers are with you all~ Her absence will leave such a gaping hole in all of your lives~ Look to God to fill it up with the all that she filled her life with~ Loving people- hope- faith and laughter~ Godspeed Aunt Alice~ I love you


    Our thoughts & prayers are with all Aunt Alices family . She was a special part of our life .We will miss her .
    Grady (jr) – Shirley & family

  • Doris (Queen) Groves

    Thinking of the “McNabb sisters” and remembering you all in prayer.

  • Debbie Ammons Thramer

    Our Aunt Alice was an amazing woman in so many ways. She has always been a huge part of the lives of myself and my brothers & sister, she was a second Mom to us in so many ways. Our lives are changed forever in her passing. We have some great memories that will live with us forever. Rest in Peace Aunt Alice, we love you.

  • Bessie(McNabb)Ells

    My love and thoughts go to the family of Alice Love Bessie ( cousin)