It's funny the things that come to mind when you lose someone you love. For those of us who worked with Alice, she was much more than a co-worker. She was more than a friend-- she was our family. If you really think about it, we spent more time with each other in the course of a week than we do with our at home families. In fact in a year's time we've spent over 2,000 hours with Alice. We've spent the last few days and nights going over and over in our minds all of the individual moments that made up these many hours. Some were spent in laughter, some in tears but most were spent in a comfort zone that you only have with those who are truly your family.
Alice worked at Chapin Center just days short of fourteen years. She started off with Donna in medical supplies, then to receptionist and then to Patient funds. Alice never missed worked, was never late and was always there to help everyone with numerous tasks. She would put her own work aside to help someone else with theirs. . If someone was in need or suffered a sorrow then Alice was right there to fill the need or console the sorrow.
She had many residents that she truly loved and spoiled. Candy bars here-- birthday presents there... new clothes; whatever she thought would make them happy. Chapin Center will never be the same without Alice. She will truly be missed by all.
Now, many of you might think of Alice as professional and quiet but those of us who really knew her can tell you that Alice was the brains behind just about every practical joke at Chapin Center ... and believe you me, there were many! Administrators and co-workers were all fair game. Simple things like sewing up the sleeves of a sweater to the alteration of unofficial documents with the purpose of fooling her gullible co-workers were perfected by Alice. There are many things that you may not know about Alice. Did you know that she once did Jello shots at a company Christmas Party? Did you know that she hid under a desk with Tammy for at least 10 minutes just to scare me. Sometimes, however, these jokes would backfire. One instance is when she convinced me to call Donna's house and pose as an employee of the floor company that had just installed Donna's new floor. The plan was to say that the floor crew had mistakenly installed the wrong floor and had to return to rip up the new floor. Well, Donna was not home but with Alice's prompting, I left that message with Donna's husband and needless to say it didn't go over well. Without using any foul language, Donna was asked by her husband what kind of blankety-blank idiots did she hire to install the floor. Well, that cured me of pranks for a while but Alice continued to cook up scheme after scheme.
Alice's friends from Chapin Center