She was a Swedesboro girl through and through and the ten percent that does 90 percent of the work. When there was a need Alice was there to fill it: everything from Meals on Wheels to the Trinity Church Bazaar. She was the MacGyver of the craft world: she could turn some cardboard and a few discarded items into a birdhouse. And Alice used her crafts to bring light to dark places making hundreds of bracelets for fellow M.D. Anderson Cancer patients and hundreds of head bands for the homeless. Of course, while at the cancer center she was half patient and half cheerleader, doing Chicks in Chairs Yoga, Belly Dancing and spoiling everyone with her chocolate dipped Oreos. Things worth doing are worth doing right and that included everything from folding towels to buying chicken broth. She was a mom for the ages; family trumped everything. The quintessential room mother active in all her kid’s pursuits. Alice was strict but she knew how to raise quality children: If you asked Ed, “How Come?” 9 times he’d bend and give you your way. With Alice, not so much. No was no. And she best not catch you saying you were bored. She chose her words carefully, but seldom needed more than the “Alice look.” But she was really meant to be a grandmom; if she didn’t buy one outfit for the grands it was only because she bought 10. Earlier years found her behind the counter at Bank of America: always the favorite teller with the patrons.
She’d meet a guy named Ed at the Glassboro Bowling Lanes; he bowled for the Turnpike Toll Takers, she with the Turnpike maintenance crew. She’d gracefully and bravely enter a 49-year marriage with a guy with 9 sisters; a marriage blessed by two children: Edward L (Suzanne) and Elizabeth L. Shaffer; and grandchildren, Sarah, Maggie, Mason, Nathaniel and Caroline. She was the sister of William O. Barber Jr., the late Edward H. Barber, Sr., Rose L. Brickner and Louisa Ponder; the daughter of Blanche M. Garrison and William O. Barber Sr. and is survived by many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Put on your pink and come celebrate 71 great years Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. There will be a service Thursday 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church followed by interment in Lake Park Cemetery, Swedesboro. In lieu of flowers donations to Pink Roses and Teal Magnolias (foundation.cooperhealth.org) or Trinity Preservation Foundation, P.O. Box 51, Swedesboro 08085 will be appreciated. The family wishes to spend special thanks to Dr. Mehta and his staff.