|Alice about 15 years ago at a housewarming for my new home in Wasena.|
I met Alice and Doc nearly 30 years ago, during early efforts to get sober. I already knew their daughter, Emily and was to know their son, Bobby.
|Alice, Bob, Emily and Bobby.|
Doc and Alice were there for me during the early days of my sobriety (20 years this month) with wise words, solid direction about this "god thing" that I didn't understand and resisted so strongly, and with such incredible patience and humor that I was constantly astonished.
They were both quiet, but so very droll and funny. Alice reminded me of Ruth Gordon (the marvelous actress, who upon winning her first Oscar for "Rosemary's Baby" in her 80s, said, "Now this is encouragin' "). Alice's wit was perceptive, self-deprecating, often brilliant and easy to miss because it was so casual and natural.
She and doc were involved in everything and I won't even attempt a list, but I will say as simply as I can that each lived a worthwhile life, a life of giving and growing, of adjusting to harsh realities and finding the sun in the cloud. They were people of such goodness that we'd only need a few more of them to raise the average for the entire world.
Thousands of people will directly miss them both and millions will miss them indirectly.