After a very short battle with cancer, Alice Lucille Hulls Andreyk, of Sulphur, earned her angel wings on the morning of Wednesday, November 8, 2017. She spent her final weeks in Frisco, Texas, where she was surrounded by her family and showered with love. She is survived by her daughter, Allison Kullenberg and her husband Erik Kullenberg of Frisco, Texas; her grandchildren Kiersten and Cary; and her brother-in-law Jim Huggans of Buda, Texas.
Alice was born in Hilly, Louisiana, on November 27, 1934 to Steven Fredrick Hulls and Daisy Hedgepeth. Her younger sister Johanna completed the family, and they eventually settled in Newellton.
Alice graduated from Newellton High School in 1953. While in high school she was President of F.H.A., a delegate to Pelican Girls State, received the American Legion Award, was active in 4-H, participated in pep squad, and was a member of the girls varsity basketball team.
While playing basketball, she broke her collarbone; years later her shoulders would hurt any time a cold weather front would come through and she would blame the pain on one very specific scrimmage game.
Alice attended Northwestern State College in Natchitoches, from 1953-1957 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. She was active in Student Government, served as the President of the College Home Economics Club, and was a member Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority.
It was on campus where she met the love of her life, a dashing young man fresh out of the Navy. His name was Andrew “Andy” Andreyk and they said their vows on December 20, 1958. They were married for 31 years until Andy’s death in May 1989.
Alice taught Home Economics for two years in Wisner, while waiting for Andy to receive his degree. The couple moved to Sulphur in 1959 when Andy accepted a job at Sulphur High School. Soon after, Alice landed a teaching assignment at LeBlanc Middle School, but then found a permanent position as a fifth grade teacher at E. K. Key Elementary, where she also served as leader of the school’s successful 4-H club.
She took evening courses at McNeese State University and finally received her Masters of Elementary Education in 1978. She retired in 1994 after 36 years of teaching in Louisiana; 34 years within Calcasieu Parish. An active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Society, Alice served as President and Treasurer of the Gamma Beta Chapter and President of the Calcasieu Coordination Council.
In 1962, Alice and Andy welcomed their only child, Allison Lynn. On Friday nights, one could spot the family up in the stands of Matt Walker Stadium, watching the Sulphur Tors football games; then on Saturdays they would travel to Baton Rouge to watch their LSU Tigers in action. Alice loved her football. Her daddy taught her the rules of the game and she passed that knowledge down to her daughter, who then passed it down to hers. Alice would always say “A girl needs to know her football.”
The Andreyks joined Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in the early 1960s, and Alice remained an active member of the congregation until her death. She was honored to have served as the church’s first female Senior Warden. For many years she hosted the Andrew Andreyk Halloween Memorial Football Breakfast, held at the church for SHS players and coaches.
Upon retirement, she became an active volunteer within the community. Alice enjoyed her time working at Care Help, where she kept the book nook neat and tidy. She also volunteered at the Holy Trinity Pumpkin Patch, and delighted in helping children pick out that perfect jack o’lantern.
Alice loved her grandchildren. When Kiersten and Cary were younger, they would spend several weeks each summer at Grandma’s house, enjoying all that Southwest Louisiana had to offer. As they grew older, Alice became a proud band grandmother, and would travel to Texas to attend marching band competitions and musical performances.
Alice was so excited when her granddaughter announced she would be attending LSU and play the clarinet in Tiger Band. Kiersten graduated from LSU in Spring 2017, and Alice was able to see her walk across the stage of the PMAC to receive her diploma. Shortly before her admittance to the hospital, Alice was beaming as she witnessed her grandson Cary’s band win their first ever Grand Champion honor at a marching festival in Texas.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Daisy; by her husband, Andrew; and by her sister, Johanna. Johanna passed away just 4 days prior to Alice. We are convinced Alice was met at heaven’s gates by Jo, who jumped out and yelled “Surprise! What took you so long?” They then (of course) ran to meet Andy on the golf course.
A celebration of Alice’s inspirational life will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sulphur. This summer, her family will gather for a private service in Ruston, where Alice and her sister Johanna will be laid to rest. Alice will be placed forever next to her beloved husband.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Alice & Andrew Andreyk Camp Hartner Scholarship Fund, being established through Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Alice committed her life to shaping generations of children, and it is her family’s intent to continue her commitment by helping children attend summer church camp.