Arlene Edith (nee Bruning) Tice died peacefully in her sleep at Laclede Groves on November 26, 2022. She was born in St. Louis on August 8, 1935 to Elmer and Alvina Bruning. She was an only child but growing up on Bancroft Avenue in South St. Louis she was surrounded by many friends. She graduated from Southwest High School and went on to William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri.
Arlene married her high school sweetheart, Norman J. Tice, and began a 65-year love affair and genuine partnership. Together they raised three children: Holly, Sharon, and Paul. When her grandchildren arrived, Arlene was known to her family as “Nana.” She was devoted to her family and was very proud of her children and adored her grandchildren and great-grandsons. She took pride in their accomplishments both large and small, and always had a smile or kind word.
After college, Arlene had a brief career in advertising working for Gardner Advertising where she rose to the position of media buyer before she became pregnant with her first child, Holly. Later in life when Arlene became an empty nester, she focused on her love of travel and became a travel agent with Altair Travel & Cruises.
In the years between her careers, she was a devoted homemaker. She took great care of her family and her dogs which were always by her side. She also loved making crafts and cooking meals. New recipes were a weekly adventure.
While she took great pride in taking care of her loved ones, Arlene devoted significant time to charities. Shortly after her daughter Sharon was born with Down Syndrome, she worked with other parents to build nonprofits that would support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. She was one of the founding parents of Rainbow Village, now Promise Community Homes, which provides community housing. She was always active in her church joining the bell choir making beautiful music and an album in the process. She also created a library at her church making sure the next generation developed her love of reading.
Arlene’s family is comforted knowing she is in heaven reunited with those who have gone before including her daughter Sharon and her husband Norm.
Arlene is survived by her daughter Holly Falleri and her husband Frank, her son Paul Tice and his wife Nancy Parker Tice, her grandchildren Matthew Falleri, Stephanie Falleri Gaskin and her husband Spence, John Parker Tice, Eric Tice, and Daniel Tice, and her great-grandsons Francis Gaskin and Benjamin Gaskin.
A celebration of life will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church at 9907 Sappington Rd. on Saturday December 3, 2022 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Louis Arc 1177 N Warson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63132, or Promise Community Homes (Rainbow Village) 1240 Dautel Lane, St. Louis, MO 63146.