Alice Elaine Jeffery VanGelder

June 23, 1943May 8, 2019

Alice, 75, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Charlotte under the compassionate care of Hospice. Born June 23, 1943 in Binghamton, NY, she was the daughter of Albert and Harriett Jeffery.

Active in the Unity Churches in Charlotte throughout various points in her life, she helped found Christ Unity in North Charlotte. She loved being in the company of her beloved group of friends, the Wonderful Women, affectionately called the WooWoos.

Always the performer, Alice loved the stage in many forms. Family and friends often heard her fond memories of Sweet Adelines, CPCC Summer Theatre, church choir, and People First Players. Her passion led her to be active in both disability and mental illness advocacy.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Chou (Randal) of Charlotte; son, Jonathan VanGelder (Crystal) of San Antonio, TX; and her ex-husband, James VanGelder of Charlotte. Her grandson, Rhys Chou, was a bright light in her life.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Richard Jeffery, Alberta Bush, Alan Jeffery, and Daniel Jeffery.

A memorial service to celebrate Alice’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 14th, at Harry & Bryant Funeral Home, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. Family will receive friends following the service. Private interment will be at a later date at Sharon Memorial Park.

For those wishing to send memorials, please consider memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to Hospice & Palliative Care - Charlotte Region (


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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Ben & Deb Jeffery

May 22, 2019

Judy and Jonathan
I am so very sorry and shocked to hear of my Sister's passing. I know she will be missed by you and your Families and many others.