Celebrating the life of Alice Grace Weeden
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The daughter of the late Seely Valentine, and Marion Grace Joyner Davenport, she was born on October 9, 1934 in Paterson, New Jersey. She married Robert Myers Weeden, Jr. on June 14, 1953, spending 56 years together until he passed in August of 2009.
Prior to graduating from Middletown High School in 1952, Mom actively played softball with a local team, the Jolly Timers and spent countless hours volunteering at the Middletown Sanitarium. In 1953, she graduated and received her beautician’s license from the Newburgh Beauty School Academy in Newburgh, NY. Together, she and her husband, Bob co-owned and operated A&B Poultry in Westtown for 12 years. Alice obtained a certification in Criminal Justice from Orange County Community College, worked for many years as a Court Clerk in Goshen, NY, and after leaving her clerk position, enjoyed her time with her grandchildren and her vacations with Bob as they travelled various places in the United States. Alice loved being an American, raised in a family where her father served in both World War I and II and her mother donated time to the war efforts through the American Red Cross. These experiences left her with a strong desire for community involvement serving as a Girl Scout Leader; initiating the D.A.R.E. program at Minisink Valley Schools; was an honorary 46 year member of the Rutgers Ladies Auxiliary of Johnson NY, where she proudly paraded for many of those years; maintained membership in the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Unionville Seniors and the Greenville Seniors Leisure Club. Mom loved gardening, politics, playing the piano, organ and ukulele, singing, baking, sewing, puzzles, dancing, playing poker, her many trips to the casinos and her greatest love of all – The New York Mets. Memories of countless family dinners and picnics will always hold a special place in our hearts.
She will be sadly missed by her family, Toni Jane Weeden of Cape Cod, MA; Teresa Gurdineer and her husband, Robert of Westtown; her four grandchildren: Michael Gurdineer and his wife, Melissa of Center Valley, PA; Marion Spar and her husband, Andre of Rensselaer, NY; Matthew Gurdineer and his wife, Erin of Rensselaer, NY; Marcus Gurdineer and his fiancé, Emely Zelaya of Utica, NY and great-grandchildren: Haylee Grace Spar, Olivia Catherine Gurdineer, Colette and Blaze Curry. She is further survived by her twin brother Alan Davenport and his wife, Lottie of Paisley, FL; her brother, Robert Davenport and his wife, Georgia of Rochester, NY; her mother and father in-law, Robert and Alice Weeden of Westtown; her sister-in-law, Clara Toffel and her husband, Stanley of Westtown and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her sisters, Gloria Levandosky, Phyllis O’Conner and brother, Robert Lewis.
Our family wishes to extend special thanks to the physicians and staff, especially to Patti Kemp at St. Anthony’s Community Hospital in Warwick. They became family to us as we all took great care of Alice and Bob over the past few years.
Visitation hours will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Rev. William W. Wildeman will officiate at a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 4 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Ave., Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made in Alice’s name to the Rutgers Engine Co. Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 28, Johnson, NY 10933.
Arrangements by Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.; 845-343-6309 or www.applebee-mcphillips.com
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