Mary Alice Levy
September 10, 1922 – February 5, 2017
Mary Alice Levy, 94, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2017 in her hometown of Temple, Texas. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm, Wednesday February 8, 2017 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Thursday February 9, 2017 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple. Burial will follow at 2:00pm on Thursday February 9, 2017 at Killeen City Cemetery. She was born September 10, 1922 in Big Hill, Texas, to James and Arduro Simmons. Mary Alice grew up in the small farming community of Marlin, TX, where she quickly discovered her passion for education and her devotion to caring for others. Despite some initial concern by her parents about leaving the farm, Mary Alice left Marlin to attend King’s Daughters Nursing School in Temple, TX. She graduated the youngest of her twenty-two fellow classmates in 1943, and began working for King’s Daughters hospital soon after. It was here that she met Jack Levy, the love of her life. Mary Alice married Jack Levy in October 1943; he was radio operator in the US Marine Air Corps. Just two years later, in August 1945, Mary Alice’s only son, James Barton, was born. The family soon made a home in Temple, TX, and Mary Alice began working at Temple Veteran’s Hospital, where she would remain for 31 years before retiring as Nursing Supervisor. She would even earn a mention in the Congressional Record for the outstanding administration of her nursing ward. One of the happiest moments of Mary Alice’s life was witnessing the birth of her two grandchildren, Jackie and Jonathan, and also her two great-grandchildren, Max and Kylie. Although her husband died in 1949, Mary Alice remained fiercely independent, spending the remainder of her years in Temple. She devoted her life to caring for other; whether working as a nurse, a passionate volunteer for Veterans groups, a charter member of the Memorial Baptist Church, or simply being there when her friends and family needed her most. Mary Alice would love most to sit and talk with friend and neighbors, and she always had plenty of wise words to live by. Mary Alice is proceeded in death by her husband, Jack Levy, and her daughter-in-law, Ellen Levy. She is survived by her son Barton Levy, her daughter in law Nancy Levy, her grandchildren Jackie Tiemann and Jonathan Levy, her great-grandchildren Max and Kylie Tiemann, and her step grandchildren, Matthew and Ashley Stifflemire. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The DAISY Foundation, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary and compassionate care given by nurses every day. To find out more about this program for awarding exceptional nurses, please visit www.Daisyfoundation.org (or write PO Box 788, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Mary Alice Levy
February 17, 2017
My Aunt Mary was very special to me. I admired her so much and loved her many stories. I remember she was the first woman in Temple, Texas to purchase a home in her name. When she was told "women don't buy houses" I am certain she about set the mortgage/banking world on its ear. She did get the loan and bought a house in approximately 1953.
My last conversation with Aunt Mary was in December and we laughed, shared memories and told stories. I cherish that last conversation. I will miss her so very much.
Kathy Simmons Williams
February 9, 2017
Mary Alice was an extraordinary woman. We were blessed with the gift of her friendship. ~ Joan, Vernon, and Grey Harris
Kay (Sharp) Raley
February 9, 2017
I spent many childhood days with Mary Alice and Barton , since my mother, Laverta Sharp was a dear friend. I have fond memories of those days. My sympathy to Barton and his family.