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Alice M. Ortiz, 74, of Belding, formerly of Greenville, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at SKLD-Ionia under the loving care of her children and Heartland Hospice.  The daughter of Albert & Laura (Austin) Cole, she was born on March 21, 1946 in Belding.

On March 23,1968, in Belding, she married Johnny C. Ortiz and together they raised five children, which she was very proud of. Alice was a beautiful person inside and out. She handled life’s ups and downs to the fullest extent. She was a very strong person who fought until her children came and told her it’s okay to give up the fight.

Alice grew up in Belding and moved to Greenville soon after getting married, where she and Johnny made their home until moving back to Belding in 1991. Unfortunately, in 2017, Alice went to live at Heartland Nursing Facility in Ionia due to her progressing dementia. Alice was fortunate to be able to stay home and raise her five children. As her children got older Alice sought something that she loved and managed several Adult Foster Care Homes. When she wasn’t working you’d find her playing BINGO or enjoying some time at the Soaring Eagle Casino. She was a social butterfly and made several friends wherever she went. Up until she had gotten sick she visited the BP gas station in Belding on a daily basis just to see the friendly smile of the attendant named Taryn. On Memorial Day you’d see Alice decorating gravesites of her deceased family members.

She loved to have her children and grandchildren over for Christmas dinner and was always famous for burning the dinner rolls because she was too busy talking. Alice had a love for music and would drive down by the River and listen to her music or read her Bible. In Alice’s younger years she was the life of the party and she loved to dance; mainly the twist. Her and her husband Johnny used to communicate with several friends on the CB radio and Alice’s handle was “Country Girl”. Alice loved her children…  but loved her grandchildren more. Alice would babysit (spoil) many of her grandchildren so their parents could work. She even potty trained most of her grandchildren. She loved grandchildren so much,  she became a Foster Grandmother for Ellis School in Belding for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnny C. Ortiz on February 18, 2018;  a son Donald;  her brothers, Thurland, William, Leonard, Robert, and Albert;  and a sister, May.

Alice is loved and survived by her son, Johnny M. Ortiz;  three daughters, Kristine & Scott Houston, Connie Ortiz, and Melissa & Carlos Tapia;  twenty-two grandchildren;  eighteen great-grandchildren;  a sister, Mary Hagadus;  and several nieces and nephews.

The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to Alice’s nurse, Katrina, at SKLD who was her “Sunshine” for the nearly four years, and to the many Heartland Hospice Chaplains that came and prayed with her to keep her faith throughout the years.

Due to continued state restrictions on public gatherings, private services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville.  Pastor Madelyn Thompson of Maple Valley Community Church (and one of Alice’s former hospice chaplains) will officiate and burial will take place privately at River Ridge Cemetery in Belding.

Memorial contributions may be directed to either Heartland Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Alice’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Debbie Cole Sherard on January 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    When I was young Aunt Allice let me stay with her we would walk to town go to the show and dime store or just hang out even when her and Uncle Johnny got married I would stay with them always had fun with her . I love you Aunt Alice say hi to my mom and dad for me RIP BEAUTIFUL SOUL

  2. Lynette Allwelt on January 13, 2021 at 2:37 pm


  3. Taryn on January 13, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Alice used to stop into my work at the gas station and we would end up talking about anything and everything. She would love to grab a slushie to drink at the park, sneak some sweets, maybe scratch a couple lottery tickets, and visit with me. She always spoke highly of her friends and family and she always made me feel special. She called me her foster daughter:) Alice was one of my good friends, she was a very special person and had the most kind hearted soul. She truly cared more about others than herself. I will miss hearing her stories and I will always remember the friendship that we shared.

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