Alice ‘Toots’ Pronger

Published 9:16 am Thursday, July 2, 2015

Alice “Toots” Pronger passed away June 30, 2015, in Vicksburg.

She was born the first of seven children to Leo Vance and Sarah Berryman Scott on Oct. 30, 1918, at Pony Lake, Neb., where she attended grade school and high school.

Prior to moving to Vicksburg with her family in 1937, she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in Bassett, Neb.

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She attended a business school in New Iberia, La., for two years and worked in Abbeville, La., for several years before returning to Vicksburg in 1942 to work for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.   While working for the Corps, she accepted a transfer to the Manhattan District at Knoxville, Tenn., to assist with development of the Manhattan Project and the Oak Ridge, Tenn., site.

In 1945, she met her husband, James T. Pronger, who was an Army officer at the time returning from China. They were married May 18, 1953, in Vicksburg and continued their careers with the Corps of Engineers at the Anchorage, Alaska, and Hawaii Districts.

Upon James’ retirement in 1966, they returned to Vicksburg where Alice continued to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station, now the Engineer Research and Development Center.

Upon her retirement in 1971, they enjoyed traveling, family and church activities. Alice served her church in many roles over the years, including office administration, vestry member, senior warden and counsel to clergy. Her presence is missed by the church, but her spirit remains ever steady at St. Albans.  She was always known for her engaging smile, devotion to her family and church and her zest for life.

She is survived by two sisters, Eleanor Grant Scott Price and Helen Leslie Scott Emrick; three step-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Visitation is 10 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2015, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bovina, followed by the funeral at the church at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at St. Alban’s cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the St. Alban’s Memorial Fund.