SANDWICH, MASS – Services will be held at l pm on Saturday, April 27 at Oak Chapel in Bridgewater Center, Vermont for Alice Millicent (White) Woods who died on April 14, 2013 at her daughter Margaret’s home in Sandwich, New Hampshire surrounded by her family. Burial will be in the Baker Hill Cemetery in Bridgewater Center.
Alice was born on May 1, 1919 in North Adams, Massachusetts to Harvey Gridley White and Harriet Elizabeth (Fowler) White. Alice was married to Percival Bugbee Woods on June 8, 1938 in Springfield, Vermont. She is survived by her husband of 75 years, her seven children: Lawrence Alan of State College, Pennsylvania; Millicent Ann Gable of Anaheim Hills, California; Frederick Earl Woods of Boone’s Mill, Virginia; Dorothy Louise Chronister of Manchester, New Hampshire; Robert Emerson Woods of Margate, Florida; Margaret Elaine Jackson of Sandwich, New Hampshire; and Marilyn Elizabeth Epstein of Essex Junction, Vermont.
She is also survived by her sister, Grace Newell of Cincinnati, Ohio, 23 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Alice was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, David Alan White of Bellows Falls, Vermont and a grandson, Jonathan David Epstein.
The White family moved to Springfield, Vermont when Alice was young so Harvey could take a position with the Springfield Reporter. Alice graduated from Springfield High School in 1937. Alice and Percy lived in Springfield, Chester and Bridgewater Corners, Vermont before moving to White River Junction in 1962 where they made their home for 42 years. Alice worked in the Business Manager’s Office at Dartmouth College until she retired in 1980. After retirement, Alice and Percy spent many winters with Millicent and Lawrence in California, and in their second home in St. Petersburg, Florida. They lived with their daughters Dorothy in Manchester, New Hampshire and Margaret in Center Harbor and Sandwich, New Hampshire between 2004 and her death in 2013.
Alice became a born-again Christian in 1954 and was active in her churches at Oak Chapel in Bridgewater Center, Upper Valley Assembly of God in Wilder, the West Lebanon Baptist Church, the Dartmouth Area Christian Fellowship and the Lebanon Assembly of God. She and Percy attended the Suncoast Cathedral in St. Petersburg, FL while they wintered there. They were both spiritual parents to a number of Dartmouth students who referred to them as “Mama and Papa Woods.”
Alice and Percy loved the outdoors and were both avid fishermen and hunters, and competed in archery meets. Alice once caught a 6 ½ pound rainbow trout that won the prize that year at the Springfield Rod & Gun Club. The family also has fond memories of “Alice’s Homemade Doughnuts” which once were sold at the Corners Store in Bridgewater Corners. After her retirement from Dartmouth College, Alice took some classes in oil painting. A number of her paintings hang in the homes of her children. One of her paintings won a prize at the Sandwich New Hampshire Fair.
She was deeply loved by all her family and will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oak Chapel Restoration Fund, C/O Gary Parker, P.O. Box 127, Bridgewater, VT 05034
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This obituary first appeared in the April 18, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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