Alice Eloise Jones McCrea

May 15, 1924April 13, 2012

Alice Eloise Jones McCrea, 87, formerly of East Hartford, passed away on April 13, 2012, in Hartford, CT, after a lengthy period of failing health. Alice was born on May 15, 1924 in Houlton, ME, daughter of the late Leland B. Jones and Vena Smith Jones. She was the wife of Harold McCrea, of Ft. Fairfield, ME.

She attended elementary and high school in her hometown. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from Madigan Memorial Hospital, Houlton, ME, in 1945. She married her high school sweetheart Harold on October 27, 1945 at Chanute Air Force Base in Champaign, IL. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Champaign, IL; Sebring, FL; Ft. Fairfield, ME. She and Harold lived in East Hartford for 34 years. She retired from Riverside Health Care Center in East Hartford, CT after 25 years of service.

Alice is survived by her children: David and his companion Fran Gustin of Ft. Fairfield, ME; Scott and his wife Chris of Andover, CT; Jill McCrea Coltrane and her husband David of Leyte, Philippines and Joseph and his wife Kathy of East Hartford, CT. She will also be dearly missed by her grandchildren; Jayne-Marie, Betty, Meaghan, Dawn, Stephanie, Mike, Callie, David, Jim and her thirteen great-grandchildren; sisters Nancy Gaunce of Port Saint Lucie, FL and Martha Mahoney of Caribou, ME and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Harold; her sisters, Alvaretta Gillis and Priscilla Merritt and a granddaughter, Heather Ruel.

She was a member of First Congregational Church, East Hartford and served on the Board of Deaconesses for many years. She was also member of the White Church Guild, the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and the Board of Missions. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association,PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA., 22312 or to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022 Wallingford, CT. 06492.

Friends and family are invited to gather for calling hours on Monday, April 16th from 5-8PM, at the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT. 06108. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home at 9:30AM Tuesday April 17th, with her Celebration of Life service to follow at 11AM in First Congregational Church, Main Street, East Hartford. Burial to follow immediately in the family plot in Silver Lane Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Lance, Laura, Matthew and Rachel Press

April 30, 2012

To The Entire McCrea Family,
We've loved seeing Aunt Alice at Mom's camp or David and Fran's house these past few summers and sharing memories. However, my best memories are of spending time with her and Uncle Harold at Madawaska Lake. I loved those cabins and getting to see some of the rest of you when you could get up there. Miss those times and miss her. She always had such a happy spirit. God Bless.

George Solomon

April 19, 2012

Scott, Dave, Joe, and Jill,

So sorry to hear about your mother passing away. My heartfelt condolences.


Pat & Jim O'Konis

April 17, 2012

Scott and Chris, our deepest sympathies on your loss. I remember that you always took great care of Mrs. McCrea and made sure her life was full of family gatherings and joy. We wish strength to your family during this difficult time.

Bonnie McCrea

April 17, 2012

Scott, Chris and family
My deepest sympathy goes to the entire McCrea family. Alice was such a wonderful warm loving person that was loved by all who know her. Your mom will be greatly missed. God Bless all of you

Brooke & David Shogren

April 17, 2012

My condolences to the McCrea family. I always remember Alice as the sweetest lady, she always had a smile on her face. May she rest in peace and be your guardian angel. Thinking of you all.

American Heart Association

April 17, 2012

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

American Heart Association

April 17, 2012

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

April 16, 2012

Dear McCrea family,
Though I have not seen any of you or your mom in many years, I was saddened to read of her passing. She was an amazing woman and never so much as when she guided my brother and sisters and dad and me through the illness and ultimate death of our mom. She even helped my mom pick out some very meaningful gifts which she gave to us after Mom's funeral. I still have mine and think about both of our moms when I look at it.
Denise DeMerchant Sanady

Dave & Shelly

April 16, 2012

Joe, Kathy and family,
I'm sorry to here about your mothers passing. I'll always remember her sense of humor and how she would make us feel like we were a member of your family when we got together.

Our deepest sympathy.

Elyse Bellizzi

April 16, 2012

Dear Family
Alice was a wonderful woman I had the privilege of knowing while she lived at Emeritus. I can honestly say that she is greatly missed and will always be remembered as one of our dearest residents