Alice Frances Smith

November 21, 1925October 26, 2018


Self-described as “a tough, old broad”, Alice Smith, daughter of the late Bertha and Lucian Tibbs, was born on November 21, 1925, in Washington, DC. She was the eldest of nine siblings. Alice departed this life suddenly on October 26, 2018. Alice was predeceased by her siblings: Roseanna, Georgiana, Mary, Elizabeth, John Herbert and Hunter.

She was blessed with one daughter, Mary Brock, who predeceased her in death. Alice was also predeceased by the love of her life, Lee. Through this union, she gained a step-daughter, Brenda Johnson. As an adult, Alice lived and worked in several cities in the southeastern and midwestern regions of the nation. She finally settled in the southwest, Tucson, Arizona specifically. She called Tucson home for more than sixty years. Upon retiring, she devoted her time to volunteering at the American Legion Auxiliary of Arizona and the Tucson VA Hospital. At the American Legion Auxiliary, she held the position of Historian. She was well-known for her arts and crafts, knit socks and scarves, canvas work, and other memorabilia. Alice was resilient and had a zest for living. She loved traveling, especially by train. She enjoyed many train adventures with her beloved daughter Mary, as well her devoted friends. Biannually, she would travel to the east coast to visit her family and friends. While there, she particularly enjoyed her luncheons with her daughters’ friends, whom she called her surrogate children.

Sharing, kind, and generous to a fault, she will be best remembered for her words of wisdom, which she shared with all who would listen! Three of her favorites were: “Mr. Use-To-Be been dead”; “Whatever is not a conversation piece”; and most importantly, “Always look forward and have no regrets.” And, let’s not forget the “love packages” , cards and hand-written letters that usually arrived for every birthday, anniversary or just because. She loved the big band sound (Count Basie and Duke Ellington) and jazz (Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn) and her occasional small medicinal glass of wine. She leaves to mourn her loss a devoted step-daughter, Brenda Johnson (Jarvis), her grandsons, Reginald Brock (Lori) and William Lee Jarvis Johnson, one granddaughter, Elysse Johnson; great grandsons, Nicholas and Aaron Brock; a loving brother and sister, Lucian Franklin Tibbs and Dorothy Jackson (John), respectively; a truly supportive friend, Yolanda Parfrey; and a host of cherished nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, November 12, 2018

Alice Frances Smith

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Mary Jackson

November 8, 2018

I will miss you. I look forward to the wonderful conversation we would have when you came to Jersey. Your last gift (a fan)will keep me cool when I get hot flashes . Love ya!!

Dianna Lynn Eckford

November 7, 2018

My dearest Alice,
I’ll always cherish my visit to see you in Tucson last February…such fun!
I’ll especially cherish our fun time together watching the old black & white western TV shows (The Rifleman/Big Valley/Bonanza). Thank you for your authentic friendship...I’ll miss you!
Love you, Dianna Lynn

Priscella Jackson

November 7, 2018

Whatever is not a conversation piece

Not only did you make sure I knew exactly how the word. “Whatever “ had no place in any conversation.

You brought me a keychain with the word “Whatever “

One of life’s most teachable moments.
I truly appreciated you for that lesson along with so many other things you taught me.

My Beautiful, Dynamic , Vibrant yet Sassy Aunt.

You already had your Wings here on Earth
God just allowed you to open them and Soar
26 October 2018.

Into Paradise, Our Matriarch of the Tibbs has now moved too 1800 Heavenly Lane.

Your number has now changed to 1-800-My Angel.

The best gift you can give anyone in Death is to speak their name in a Positive way by doing so
You hold their memories close to your Heart.

I Love you today tomorrow and Always

God give you 93 years here on Earth now you are restored and made whole.

No more sickness No pain just Resting and Reunited with those who went before you.

Auntie I know you just moved into your new mansion. So before you start giving orders and making demands. Enjoy your Eternal rest in the Masters Hand.

I can only imagine you Sashaying up and down Paradise. Dancing, laughing and Rejoicing.

Until we meet again Rest Easy in Paradise.

Lyetta Tibbs Cook

November 6, 2018

This is lyetta Alice Tibbs cook I'm in outer space Garden chair the last day that I remember her was at the family Union with my uncle Franklin she was so happy send me and everybody I'm going to miss her so much she's with my daddy now uncle she's she's at rest my daddy I will miss you so much I'm crying but being happy crying tears and said she is too but God know best why so soon I love you so so much words cannot explain how much from the one that was named after you and love you so much. Lyetta Alice Tibbs Cook. Love you.

Sally Frances Watkins

November 6, 2018

Aunt Alice Frances Smith
I'll Glady that we got to spend the last family reunion together here on earth. Take your golden wings and fly high beautiful angel. We will meet again and have and heavenly Father reunion. The one that never will end. I'll look in the mirror and I still will see you. I has the same middle name as you, not only that. I see the younger vergin of you. Never forget you. You'll always have a place in my heart. LOVE YOU.

Alicia Humes

November 6, 2018

Aunt Alice I sure will miss seeing your beautiful self at the family reunions to come. Seeing you this past August was a blessing. Your love, warm-hearted smile will never be forgotten. Love your great-niece. ❤️

Denise Harris

November 6, 2018

Your wings were ready ! But my heart was not! Was happy for all the time we spent together and the phone calls we shared! Gone But Never Forgotten!☹❤

Deborah Hutdle

November 6, 2018

Aunt Alice,

Thank you for being a part our life. Those special memories of you will always bring a smile if only I could have you back for just little while. Then we could sit and talk again just like we used to do you always meant so very much and always will do too. The fact that you're no longer here will still cause me pain but, you're forever in my heart until we meet again!
I Love You Auntie

Deborah Hutdle

November 6, 2018

Aunt Alice,

Thank you for being a part of our life. We appreciate the time you spent with our family in New Jersey. Auntie, you truly will be missed. May you rest in peace!
I Love you

Dorothea Irvin

November 6, 2018

To my Beloved Aunt Thanks for the knowledge of our family tree, and our talks we shared with each other. May you Rest in Paradise with our creator Love you until we meet again!