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Alice Louise Fairfax

12/05/1934 - 11/27/2022


Obituary For Alice Louise Fairfax

Alice L. Fairfax, 87, of Sedalia, MO, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. She was born on December 5, 1934, in Sedalia, the daughter of James Walter Rissler and Mary Lodelle (Williams) Rissler, who preceded her in death.

On April 25, 1954, in Sedalia, she was united in marriage to Emmett W Fairfax, who preceded her in death on September 18, 2017.

Alice was a 1952 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and named the Smith-Cotton Activity Queen the same year. She graduated from State Fair Community College and attended Central Missouri State University. Alice was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sedalia, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She was also a member of the Helen G. Steele Music Club. Alice was a Democratic Delegate to the 1976 and 1980 National Conventions and State Democratic Committee Delegate in 1972. Alice was appointed by U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton to serve on the USDA Missouri Farm Service Agency and the International Board of Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE). She received the 4-H Farm Family of the Year in 1960. Alice was a 4-H Club Leader and Chairperson of the Pettis County 4-H 500 program. She received the State 4-H Alumni award and was a State Democratic Committee Woman. She was a Missouri Affirmative Action Committee and Finance Committee Member in 1974. In 1975 she was on the University of Missouri Extension Advisory Council. Other organizations she was involved with were the State Advisory Council for Extension Member and Vice Chairman, Boonslick Regional Library Board member, State Democrat Party Finance Committee member, the County Campaign Chairman for Thomas F. Eagleton, and the State Compliance Committee for Presidential Election in 1976. Alice was the secretary for the Young Farmers Association, a Delegate to Missouri Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services in 1978, and was on the Rules Committee of the Democratic National Committee in 1976. Alice was a homemaker, farmer, and owner/broker of Broadway Reality, Sedalia. She enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, and quilting.

Survivors include her children James W. Fairfax (Leslie) and Judy A. Harrell (Greg), all of Sedalia, and Joseph W. Fairfax (Jennifer), of Prairie Village, KS; five grandchildren, Miles, Quinton, Elise, Morgan, and Kyle; two step-grandchildren, Alex and Andrew; and two great-grandchildren, Riley and Easton.

In addition to her husband and parents, Alice was preceded in death by two brothers, John Rissler and William Rissler, and a sister Mary Rundlett.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2022, at First United Methodist Church, 916 Thompson Blvd, with Pastor Candace Fowler officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2022, at the church.

The burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Sedalia, MO.

Pallbearers will be Miles Steele, Quinton Fairfax, Kyle Fairfax, Tom Fairfax, John Martin, and Andrew Harrell.

Honorary bearers will be Don Fairfax, Andrew Fairfax, John T. Rissler, William Rissler, Douglas Rundlett, and Dale Rundlett.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in Sedalia, MO, in the care of Rea Funeral Chapel.


2 Dec


06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

First United Methodist Church (Thompson Location) 916 Thompson Blvd. Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
3 Dec

Funeral Service

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

First United Methodist Church (Thompson Location) 916 Thompson Blvd. Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
3 Dec

Burial / Interment

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Crown Hill Cemetery 701 N. Engineer Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
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  • 02/04/2023

    Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Alice was a joy as we have great memories of several Sheriff conventions together. Dan & Judi Bishop - Baring Lake

  • 12/06/2022

    Our hearts and prayers go out to your family! Alice was a classy lady and a great friend! Mark and Chris Hewett

  • 12/03/2022

    My mind is filled with memory upon memory of Alice (and Emmett). They shared good times and bad times with my family for decades. Their laughter and fun pranks so frequently filled our home. Alice was a personal blessing to me and a wonderful role model. I loved them both dearly, I'm certain Alice is delighting the heavens with the best laugh ever! Jim, Judy, Joe and all family — Sending love and prayers Debbie Durley Baker and David Baker Debbie Durley Baker and Dave Baker

  • 12/02/2022

    Sorry for the loss of your Mother.

  • 12/02/2022

    I am so grateful to have known Grandma Alice for a short part of her life. She was gracious, loving, hard working, and kind. I loved Christmas Eves at her house and getting tours of the property on her gator 😂. She will be deeply missed 💞

  • 12/01/2022

    Dear Family, Please accept my sincerest sympathy and prayers. Alice was a force in this town and state and her legacy will not be forgotten. She did tons of wonderful things as did Emmitt and the entire family. I feel honored to have known her and am sure she has a front row seat in the heavens. Fondly, Pam McGrath

  • 11/30/2022

    Sincere sympathy to the family. I feel blessed to have known Alice.

  • 11/29/2022

    Very sorry to hear the news of our Aunt Alice passing. She was great person and will be sorely missed. When I have think about the great memories of Aunt Alice, I first hear her infectious laugh, then I laugh myself. Andy and Karen Fairfax

  • 11/29/2022

    Dear Jim, Judy, & Joe, Prayers of peace and comfort for your family. You all had a wonderful mom, that will always be in your hearts. Sincerely, Kim & Jana Birdsong

  • 11/28/2022

    Was so sorry to hear of Alice's passing. She was such a great lady and it was a pleasure to call her my friend. Hugs to all of you. Cheryl Hofstetter

  • 11/28/2022

    Our condolences to the family . Jim, Judy , and Joe . Your mother was always so pleasant and helpful and a wonderful friend . She will be missed Diane and Dennis McFarland


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