Alice C. Laffey
October 3, 1928 – February 4, 2020
Alice C. Laffey lived her life adventurously and with lots of love! A favorite story about Alice is when she was 84, she went with friends to the Puyallup State fair. She spotted a roller coaster, and said she wanted to ride it! So Alice and her friend did just that, with mom holding her hands in the air and having a blast! She was fearless!
Another story is when she went with Tom and her daughter Linda, to visit New England in the fall. Those leaves were amazing! During the trip they visited New York City and she and Linda decided they wanted to walk up a bazillion steps inside the Status of Liberty to the crown (not sure if you can even do that these days). After they came down, their legs could hardly function, felt like rubber…ouch! Stairmaster extreme!
Alice was born in Berea, Ohio on October 3, 1928. She passed peacefully from cancer on February 4, 2020, in her daughter and son-in-law’s home – a home she shared with them for over 13 years. She had many careers over her lifetime: Costume Wardrobe Manager for the Pasadena, CA Dept of Recreation, several secretarial positions for insurance companies and a non-profit ministry, and finally she especially enjoyed partnering with the love of her life, Tom Laffey, as they worked in the real estate field for many years.
Alice was married to Tom for 36 years, and missed him terribly when he passed in 2006. She is survived by her five children from her previous marriage, and Tom’s 3 children from his previous marriage. She has 14 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 21, at 11 am at True Grace Church, 5615 30th Ave SE, Lacey 98503, with a reception to follow.
Memorial Service with Reception to Follow
True Grace Church
5615 30th Ave. SE
Alice C. Laffey
February 15, 2020
Alice Laffey never saw a stranger. She was the friendliest and most inviting person I have ever known. My fondest memory of Alice is a short trip we made to Steilacoom on a beautiful summer day. She was hankering for a vanilla malted milk, so we took off for Bair Drug and Hardware in Steilacoom. This old turn-of-the-century drug store features excellent hamburgers and hard ice cream, a taste sensation well worth the drive. She ate her burger and downed her malted milk with the relish of a hungry teenager. In the meanwhile, she nearly adopted our waitress, a sweet young lady who gladly visited with Alice and seemed to enjoy the exchange of conversation. Alice loved it. After a stroll around the local park overlooking Puget Sound, I remember thinking how easy it was to make her happy. She loved people and the small pleasure of her favorite foods. That day in Steilacoom was a day that made her smile.
February 13, 2020
My precious friend, Alice. She loved me unconditionally, and I loved her the same. What I treasure the most are my memories of the outings we would take her on after her husband, Tom, passed away. Her favorite restaurant was Olive Garden. She would ALWAYS order the same thing! And, she would playfully ALWAYS poke her fork into my food and steal mouthfuls for herself! Then, she assured me that hers was the best! In the summer, our trips would be to get her a malt. Nope, she would not settle for just a milkshake, it had to be a malt! Again, she would always steal a taste of whatever ice cream treat I ordered for myself, assuring me that hers was the best! Well, then there were the hamburger adventures. We would ALWAYS have to order extra “shrooms” to go with our hamburgers. But, still, when I was not protecting mine, she would steal the ones off of my plate and chew them right in front of me, smiling at how delicious the “shrooms” were.
I remember one time we took her to a special church service in Tacoma. We stopped to get a Starbucks first. After leaving Starbucks, the car went over a bump, and Alice spilled most of her cup of coffee all over her front. We insisted that we should take her back home, but nope! She did not care what she looked like, with coffee stains all over her. She just wanted to be with us and go to church!
Alice cared about me, and I ALWAYS knew that. When we would talk on the phone, she did not talk about herself. She asked about me, my job, how snow skiing was, what I was up to, etc.
But here is the best ever. Alice had a “special gift” she wanted me to have before she left this earth: cute flannel pajamas with skis and ski poles all over them! We went over to see her on Saturday, February 1st. We spent time visiting with Alice, I opened up my gift, Alice gave me a big hug good-bye--- and then 3 days later she passed away.
I just know that Alice is waving and smiling at me from Heaven!
February 7, 2020
I wish I knew Grandma Alice better as an adult but I have several childhood memories when she would visit with my Grandpa Tom. She was truly a unique person, full of energy, love, and held no reservation speaking her mind. Sometimes that would get her in trouble like when she would ask women how far along their pregnancy was when they weren't pregnant. Other times though, speaking her mind would show me how amazing a person she really was. When I was a kid I posted flyers around the neighborhood advertising my lawn mowing services. Grandma Alice caught another kid in the neighborhood (my competition) tearing down the signs one day and went over to give him a piece of her mind. To this day I remember her charisma, laughter, smile, devotion to God, and love for my grandpa. I know she's happy up there reunited with Grandpa Tom!