Alice Elizabeth Emery
March 28, 1936 – April 26, 2021
Alice E. Emery of Norridgewock, who celebrated her 85th birthday on March 28, passed away peacefully from multiple health problems on April 26, 2021 at The Cedars of Portland, where, during her brief stay, she was lovingly cared for by its staff and by members of Hospice of Southern Maine. In death, Alice joins her younger twin sister Avis Emery, born just seven minutes after her in 1936. Avis died on January 2, 2021.
A lifelong Norridgewock resident, Alice lived with Avis in the house their grandfather built, and was raised there by her late parents, Erban and Ruth (Johnson) with their brothers Edward, Raymond, and Clarence, all of whom predeceased her.
Alice, a very strong student, was educated in Norridgewock and graduated from Skowhegan High School in 1955. Lack of finances prevented her from attending college, but she used her keen native intelligence in every walk of life, and was continually observing others and applying lessons learned in and out of the classroom, all for the betterment of others.
Originally employed at Norrwock Shoe Company, she was asked by Harold Alfond to come to work for his family as a housekeeper, and for the next forty-five years, in Belgrade Lakes, in Waterville, and in Florida, Alice demonstrated her loyalty, her work ethic, her common sense, and her prankish sense of humor with indomitable and legendary Maine grit. She also closely followed Bibby and Harold Alfond's commitment to others and became a true philanthropist in her own right, making significant contributions to the Norridgewock Historical Society; the Norridgewock Fire Department; Pine Tree Camp; The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers; and Maine General Hospital, where she gave a tropical fish tank in the waiting room of the radiation suite. She specifically chose this gift as a way to offer a sense of peacefulness to patients undergoing cancer treatment, and endowed its maintenance and perpetual care only after, as she said, "she could make sure that the hospital staff was taking good care of the fish".
On her days off, when in Maine, Alice always returned home to Norridgewock to spend time with Avis and with the family of her dear friend Rosalie Perkins, who, with her husband Colby and daughters Kimberly, Sarah, and Rebecca, showed the utmost love and devotion. Besides Rosalie, Alice leaves behind her very close friend and colleague Sally Downing of Belgrade and the entire Alfond family, whose love and appreciation for Alice extended long after their parents' death. She will never be forgotten.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday May 1, 2021 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Alice and Avis will be interred together following the visitation. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. at the Friends Cemetery in Fairfield, Maine.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Anyone who wishes to leave the family messages can do so on our website at – www.smartandedwardsfh.com
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Alice can be made to Cedars Nursing Care Center, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, ME 04112
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Alice Elizabeth Emery
May 3, 2021
Ms. Emery was an early supporter of Educare Central Maine and believed in quality early care and education for children in Central Maine.
We are saddened to learn of her passing but are deeply grateful for her support and belief in our program over the past decade.
April 30, 2021
Alice was a good friend to my mother, also, and visited my mother regularly with Bibby, with whom my mother and Bibby were the same age and they were cousins and grew up together in Waterville. I remember Bibby tripped a little going into my mother‘s breezeway and a few days later Alice delivered a brick-type paving square and placed it on my mother‘s slate outside entry. It was a brilliant addition and solved the problem and we used it for all the years my mother still had the house and we thought of Alice each time we entered the breezeway!
Alice was a wonderful person with a sharp wit, companion, and caregiver. She will be missed.
April 29, 2021
My heart breaks to think the world has lost Alice, but also know she lived a remarkable life and was loved by so many. On several occasions, I had the chance to join Alice in the kitchen gossiping over a cup of tea or lemonade (on hot Maine summer days at the lake). I was honored to experience her wicked humor, warm laugh, and absolute loyalty to her work with the Alfond family. #RIP Dear Alice.
April 28, 2021
May she rest in peace with her twin. They were such nice ladies and neighbors. Thoughts & Prayers to her family and friends.
Wendell & Linda
Laurie & Glenn Fenlason
April 28, 2021
Alice was a caring, loving person who always put others ahead of herself. She was a long time supporter of The Friend's Cemetery in Fairfield, Maine. I always loved seeing her at our annual meetings as her sense of humor was unmatched! She made you smile and always made you feel special.
I am sure her and Avis are together again and having a tasty dessert! RIP Alice, you will be missed.