Alice Abeln

April 6, 1931September 6, 2012
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Alice Lee Abeln, 81, affectionately known as Grannie and Missie, went to be with the lord as she peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones on September 6, 2012. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all who were blessed to know her. She was the daughter of Kathleen and Claude Fernander of Nassau, Bahamas where she was born on April 6, 1931 and raised. She lived there for 21 years before meeting her husband Theodore “Ted” Abeln. They were married in Nassau at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on June 10, 1952 and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Alice went to beautician school in Toronto and was a beautician in Nassau before marrying Ted, a civil engineer serving in the Air Force when they married. After his discharge from the Air Force, they followed his engineering career in several southern cities including Jacksonville and Tampa FL, New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL and Atlanta, GA. Along the way, they raised four children – Michael, Jeffrey, Susan and Tricia. Four wonderful marriages have produced 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She devoted her life to her husband and family as they were her primary focus. Alice was an enthusiastic gardener and maintained a beautiful yard full of flowers, plants and trees. She displayed beautiful artistic talent as evidenced by numerous oil paintings on the walls of her home and the homes of her family and friends throughout. She painted with her girlfriends once a week for many years. Alice was a friend to all who knew her and never met a stranger wherever she went. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 12 noon at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. The family will receive visitors from 10:30 – 12:00 preceding the mass. A reception will follow the mass at the church hall. A private burial will be held at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics of Georgia,


  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 13, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, September 13, 2012

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September 27, 2012

I am very sorry to learn of Alice's passing. I have fond memories of sitting on aunt Kathleen's porch in Nassau with Alice and family, joking and laughing. And of my dad, her cousin Al, taking everyone out in the boat. Alice was always fun to be around. I remember the time when she was visiting Nassau and it snowed in Atlanta. The memory of her reaction while talking on the phone to one of the kids who had stayed at home, was priceless.She was so upset at missing the snow. I know she will be truely missed.
My condolences to all of your family.
Linda Lightbourn Couldridge (Ontario, Canada)

Karen Ulmer Hunt

September 20, 2012

Sending you our condolences and love from the Ulmer Family. What a nice lady and great friend!

Martha Banna

September 14, 2012

I will miss you, Alice.

Tamia Rivers

September 12, 2012

So sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you and your family during this rough time. (Isaiah 61:2)

September 12, 2012

SOOOOO SAD to hear about this!!!With love,Wanda Weichman

September 12, 2012

SOOOO SAD to hear this~~With love,Wanda Weichman

Jerry & Sue Muto

September 11, 2012

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Anne Stephens

September 11, 2012

Your family is in my prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto her, Lord.


September 11, 2012

Alice was such a special person and always had a smile for me. I have missed a lot of years being around all of you but you have all been in my thoughts and in my heart.

Colene (Karkotsky) Oliver

September 11, 2012

To the family our deepest condolences are offered. May you rely on God as your strength and your refuge to get you thru this difficult time.(John 5:28)