Alice Carson

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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.

11 thoughts on “Alice Carson

  1. Maggie and Joe Crawford

    Rose, prayers of comfort for you and your family. God Bless people like Alice,that in their time of need they reach out to help and cheer others fighting a tough battle.
    Keeping you in prayer
    Maggie and Joe

  2. Kathryn Ridinger Clement

    May your wonderful memories sustain you in the coming months…. Aunt Alice was very humble, so very kind – her charity works all done with a smile and that will be a gentle comfort. Memories of those we love live forever in our hearts. And how brave she faced her illness with heartfelt hope. Will be deeply missed. Sincere special thoughts sent to Uncle Ed, Liz and Eddie. Niece Kathy.

  3. Kathryn Ridinger Clement

    May your wonderful memories sustain you in the coming months…. Aunt Alice was very humble, so very kind – her charity works all done with a smile and that will be a gentle comfort. Memories of those we love live forever in our hearts. And how brave she faced her illness with heartfelt hope. Will be deeply missed. Sincere special thoughts sent to Uncle Ed, Liz and Eddie and families. Niece Kathy.

  4. Jodi Holbrook

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Carson sounded like a wonderful person and I am sure she will be greatly missed by all. I would gladly attend the service but will be incapacitated that day for several days. Many blessings to the family and prayers are with you.

  5. Hope Spithaler

    Liz, Mr. Carson, & Family – I am so so sorry for your loss. Alice was an amazing person. Her memory will live on through all who knew her. I know she loved the church, so we will be making a donation in her name. Thinking of you all during this very hard time. Love – Hope

  6. Rae Baker Holladay Hoglen

    Liz, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Your mother has been a family friend for years.
    Ed, and family , So sorry for the loss of your beloved wife.
    Rae

  7. Irma Oster

    My happiest memories are when we worked together at the bank and during the holidays the we dressed up. Alice always made a great witch for Halloween and had the younger kids come in for treats. Alice made me welcomed at Trinity Church. She taught me about being an altar guild member, which I am head of the altar guild here in Wisconsin. Alice brought me into the fold with the woman’s guild and making crafts. I can go in and on but know that I loved your Mom and will miss her.

  8. Nancy Marzell

    I am one of many ladies that along with Alice did what we could for others at M.D.Anderson. We all know how kind and caring Alice was. To her husband we were the girls who ate ice cream last year with you and Alice at the ice cream social at the Vorhees building. We had a fun night. We also put on funny hats, glasses etc. and had our photos taken. We will miss her and think of her fondly. Also our sympathy to her children.

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