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'The Queen of Sweet Home'

Longtime leader leaves lasting legacy


July 27, 2022

Alice Grovom, long a leader in Sweet Home, particularly in efforts to improve the city's image, died Tuesday, July 19.

She was 96.

Universally recognized as the person most responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Main Street median flowerbeds through downtown Sweet Home, Grovom is remembered by former associates and friends as tough but kind, and visionary.

"She was one of the most wonderful people I've ever had the privilege of working with in Sweet Home," said Craig Martin, who was city manager from 1997 through 2016, a period during which many of Grovom's efforts took shap...

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