Alice Ardath Saadeh

West Palm Beach, Fla. — Alice Ardath Saadeh died Friday, Aug. 23 at the Gerstenberg Hospice Center in West Palm Beach. She was 96.

She was born Aug. 11, 1917, in Mohawk, Mich. to Simon and Hilda (Dahlman) Hocking. A graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and the Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing in Ill. she accepted a nursing position in 1945 with Sudan Interior Missions in Ethiopia where she met her future husband, William Saadeh. They were married Feb. 22, 1947, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They later located to Wilmington, Del. where she was active in nursing, Bible studies and outreach through her church community while raising five children.

In 1982, she joined the Peace Corp. with her husband and served as a community nurse in Antigua. At the conclusion of their assignment she and her husband resided in Hanover, N.H. They retired to Lake Worth, Fla. in 2009.

She is remembered as devoted to her family and her faith and was an intrepid traveler, circling the world with her husband. She was known for her smile, love of people and comforting manner.

She was predeceased by her son, David Saadeh of Wilmington, Del. and is survived by her husband, William Saadeh of Lake Worth, Fla.; two sons, Samir Saadeh of Basking Ridge, N.J. and William Saadeh of Lancaster, Pa. ; two daughters, Ruth Swing of West Palm Beach, and Faith Kuhn of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She leaves behind 13 grand children and 17 great-grand children.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Hockessin Friends Cemetery, 1501 Old Wilmington Rd, Hockessin, Del.. Arrangements are by Doherty Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610.