Alice E. Hendricks
September 12, 1920 – March 3, 2018
Alice Elizabeth Hendricks
1920 - 2018
Alice E. (Johnson) Hendricks 97 passed away peacefully Saturday, March 3 in her own home which had always been her wish. She was born in 1920 at home in Springfield, MA to Nellie and Claus Johnson, the 2nd daughter and youngest of their 3 children. While growing up in Springfield she prided herself on her Scottish dancing (especially the Sword dance) and graduated from Commerce High School.
In 1945 she married Don Lee Hendricks in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. She met Don while staying in Florida with her parents who owned the Carol Don Motor Court, housekeeping cottages primarily rented to Navy couples as it was war time and vacationers were few. Don was visiting his navy buddy and wife next door. Learning there was a good looking girl next door, Don made his way over to “borrow a cup of sugar”. In less than a year they were married and the rest is history.
In 1949 they moved north to the Springfield area, then to Ludlow for the next 35 years where they raised their family. They retired to Crescent Beach, Niantic, CT. During the course of their marriage they owned and operated Hendricks’ Cottages for 25 years (previously Johnson’s Cottages, the 7 cottages having been built by her father). After retirement they enjoyed winter time in Florida, trips to Europe, Hawaii and around the United States. Alice also traveled to Alaska with friends.
Over the course of her life Alice was a private secretary at Mass Mutual, and Executive Secretary for the Greater Springfield Council of Churches.
She helped start the Ludlow Nursery School, she began the first Brownie Troop in Ludlow, was Mother Advisor to Rainbow Girls, a member of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the Springfield Turnverein and very active in both the First Church of Ludlow and the Niantic Community Church and the church women’s group WCSA.
She loved pansies, chocolate, Scrabble, aimless drives around the country-side, the birds outside her window, square and line dancing, country music, Summer Music at Harness Memorial State Park, metal detecting and the beach. More than anything she loved her family.
She leaves her son and care-giver Alan Hendricks of Niantic, her daughter Holly Hendricks of Haydenville MA., her niece Carol Hunter of Groton and her great-nephew Michael Hunter of Preston both to whom she was especially close; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth and Ray Marble of Andover, MA; nephews Carl (Karen) Johnson, Don Johnson, Ken (Celia) Johnson, Tom Marble and nieces Laura Marble and Kathy Marble as well as numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Alice was predeceased by her husband Don in 1988, her parents, brother Ernest Johnson, sister Florence Meier, sisters-in-law Jane Hendricks McPherson and Esther Peterson Johnson, brothers-in-law Carl Meier and Elmer “Mac” McPherson and nieces Sandra Johnson and Lynne Johnson.
Services for Alice were private. In lieu of flowers please consider honoring Alice with donations to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.