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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On December 19, 2019 @ 8:09 am In Obituary | 10 Comments

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PHOENIX – – Alice M. Ambrose of Phoenix, Arizona lost her hard-fought, thirty-month battle to ovarian cancer on December 14th, three days shy of her 69th birthday. She passed away peacefully at home while in Hospice care and surrounded by loving family and friends.
Born in Pasadena, California in 1950 to Robert D. Aylsworth and Jeanne (Kelly) Aylsworth, Alice was the oldest of their five children. She was preceded in death by her parents but is survived by her sisters: Elizabeth Foster of Phoenix, AZ and Frances Green of Eureka Springs, AR; her brothers: Robert K. Aylsworth of Minneapolis, MN and James Aylsworth of Houston, TX. Alice also leaves behind her husband of 48 years, Tom Ambrose, their daughter Casey Ambrose and her grandson, Logan Ambrose.
Alice grew up in Southern California before her family relocated to Phoenix’ Arcadia neighborhood when she was 10 years old. She attended Ingleside Elementary School and Arcadia High School in Phoenix. Her college education began at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana where she met her future husband, Tom Ambrose of New Rochelle, NY, who was attending Notre Dame. After a three-year courtship they were married in Arizona and ultimately made their home back in Alice’s old Arcadia neighborhood.
Alice finished her college education by graduating from Arizona State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Recruited directly from ASU to the audit staff of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Phoenix, she became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both Arizona and California. In 1978, following a two-year maternity break, Alice rebooted her accounting career by joining McGladrey & Pullen, LLP in Phoenix where she began as an audit senior. She was named a partner in 1987. At the time, she was one of only 20 women on a list of the firms’ 400 partners.
Travel was a life-long passion and the only continent she didn’t visit was Antarctica, but it was on her “to visit” list. She was an avid scuba diver who planned family diving vacations to Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Mexico and the Caribbean. But she also enjoyed the more traditional travel destinations in Europe, the Far East, Africa and South America. All those exotic locations notwithstanding, her summertime “happy place” was always on the beach in Coronado, CA.
Wherever she went in the world, she could light up a room with her sparkling personality, generous smile and wonderful laugh. She especially loved spending time with her grandson, Logan, who always called her “Gigi.”
Her dogs never failed to bring a smile to her face. Over the years she enjoyed the companionship of her Golden and Labrador retrievers, a Cavalier King Charles and a couple of marvelous rescue mutts.
In the community, she was past president of the board of St. Mary’s Food Bank and co-chair of the Phoenix Zoo’s 2015 fund-raiser, Rendez Zoo. She also did volunteer work for Phoenix Suns Charities, COMPAS and the MS Society. A voracious reader, she always looked forward to the camaraderie and literary discussions at her book club luncheons.
When her family first moved to Phoenix, Alice’s father would frequently take the children on weekend outings to the Phoenix Art Museum (PAM). The experience gave young Alice a deep appreciation of art. After retiring from public accounting, she became a docent at PAM, where she most enjoyed touring children through the galleries. She relished the opportunity to provide the spark for a child to become excited about art. Mentoring new docents as a consultant, advisor and reviewer was another of her PAM passions. But more than anything else, she treasured the many friends she made as a docent.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations in memory of Alice Ambrose to Hospice of the Valley and the Phoenix Art Museum.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at The Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Angels at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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Condolence from Janna Beth Ryan on December 20th, 2019 10:49 am

Uncle Tom, so sorry to lose Aunt Alice—always such a beautiful and vibrant woman. We are all thinking about you and sending you all of our love and strength. Love ❤️ Janna Beth Ryan with Leia, Elle, Lorel Ryan-Olsen

Condolence from Barbara Ambrose Ryan on December 20th, 2019 12:59 pm

Tom, Casey, and Logan,
Our hearts are with you as you go through the monumental loss of Alice, a genuine, loving, giving, person who lived a vibrant life. She knew always that she was loved and appreciated by you and everyone who knew her. That is a gift as she was a gift to all of us. Love Barbara and family❤️

Condolence from Jacqui Oosthuisen on December 20th, 2019 3:49 pm

Casey ,Tom , James , Logan and Family ! I can’t imagine the heartbreak of losing such an amazing Mom , Wife , Gigi , Mother-in-law, sister-in-law , cousin , Aunt and friend to so many . ❣️❤️She was an amazing woman who will be sorely missed ! May she never be far from your thoughts as I know she will always be in your hearts and we will never forget , Beautiful Alice ❣️ Our sincere sympathies and thoughts are with you at this very tragic time xxxxxxxxxx Jacqui and family

Condolence from Jean Larkin on December 20th, 2019 3:50 pm

No words help @ this sad moment in time but hopefully knowing we are all here for you @ this most difficult time .We have so much gratitude that Alice has been apart of our family for 48 wonderful years. She brought joy , kindness, happiness and acceptance always. She will be greatly missed and we extend our deepest sympathies brother Tom, beautiful niece Casey and nephew Logan. Our prayers and love . Dan , Jean Larkin and Family

Condolence from Kim Tarnopolski on December 20th, 2019 5:35 pm

Tom, Casey & Logan,

We’re so sad to hear of Alice’s passing. Our hearts are with you as you grieve the loss of a beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother. We enjoyed working with Alice at McGladrey. She was a great mentor and role model.

Much love to you all,
Kim & Rich Tarnopolski

Condolence from Mike Chamberlin on December 20th, 2019 10:27 pm

RIP dear Alice. Your light will shine forever in our hearts and minds.

Condolence from With great affection, Emily, Laura, Michael Jordan on December 22nd, 2019 3:15 pm

Please except our deepest sympathies. Having known Alice for many, many years, you were beautiful tribute is accurate. Know that we will keep you in our prayers and in our thoughts.

Condolence from Paul Cocuzza on December 22nd, 2019 3:27 pm

Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss. Please know I am with you through this difficult time.

Condolence from Bill Dinges on December 22nd, 2019 6:35 pm

My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

Condolence from Mary A. Ryan on December 23rd, 2019 9:52 am

Our most sincere sympathies and heartfelt prayers. … We pray that in this difficult time, the love of God shelters you and mends the pain.
I was deeply saddened to hear your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
God Bless,
Love Mary Ryan

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