Alice Louise Carey, lifelong educator, musician, and beloved friend to many passed away at age 88 on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Alice was the daughter of Margaret (Murphy) and James Carey and grew up in Quincy, MA. Alice lived and taught in Madison, Oradell, and Paterson, NJ until 1975, lived in Middleboro, MA until 1993, and Falmouth, MA until 2022. She recently became a resident at the H.B.G. Shaw Home in Middleboro, MA.
Alice was a member of the Sisters of Charity of New Jersey from 1952 – 1971. During this time, she earned advanced degrees in Music Education and Student Counseling. This started her long and rewarding career in education where she taught music and directed many musicals and variety shows. She taught at the Memorial Junior High School in Middleboro, MA from 1976 – 1997. Alice served as the President of the Middleboro Education Association (MEA) and was awarded The Loretta Quinlan Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Plymouth County Education Association. After retirement, Alice continued to work at the University of Massachusetts Center for School and University Partnerships (CUSP) in the TEACH SouthCoast program to support aspiring teachers. She also accompanied soloists and volunteered to direct a senior chorus at the H.B.G. Shaw Home in Middleboro, MA. Alice will be remembered for her inclusion of all students and her firm belief that anything was possible if you tried.
Alice worked for many years with the Brockton music programs which included Brockton High School musicals from 1984-2004, Act 1 Scene 1, and Potpourri. She was the Musical Director for Brockton Community Playhouse from 1975-1979 and the Director of Troupe from 1978-1982.
Alice had many personal passions. She could crochet, sew, quilt and stitch anything. She was frequently called upon to provide piano accompaniment for events and could liven up any gathering with her vast repertoire (singing along was not optional). Alice could play any piece of music and her knowledge of music theory extended far beyond simply playing the piano. Alice loved to travel, read, swim, and bake. She was well known for her pies with her delicious homemade crust. She had a zest for life, sharp wit, and an even sharper tongue! Alice loved to debate and stood firm in her progressive beliefs. She was very active in the League of Women Voters of Falmouth. She served on committees, created presentations, participated in League conventions, and volunteered at the polls.
Alice is survived by nephews, Thomas and Rosemarie Hevner and their son Benjamin of Lincoln, RI, and James and Cindy Hevner and their children, Jimmy, Mia, Cameron, and Christopher of Lowell, MA; niece Karen Keese and her husband John and their children Ryan and Emily of Clinton, MA. Alice was predeceased by her siblings, John Carey, Margaret Lytle, Mary Ellen Hevner, and Donald Carey.
Alice believed that friends are the family you choose. Alice L. Carey will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all of her dear friends especially Maggie Ward of Middleboro, MA.
According to Alice’s wishes, there will be no services. Her friends and family will honor and celebrate her life at a later date. Those who wish, can make a donation in Alice’s memory to Doctors Without Borders https://donate.doctorswithoutborders-apac.org/, CapeAbilities https://www.classy.org/give/334294/#!/donation/checkout, or PBS https://www.pbs.org/foundation/support/ .
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