Alice Jolly Aldrich

Alice worked in the Greenwich Bank, met Carleton Aldrich and they were married in 1933. They had three daughters, Bernice, Linda and Carol. In 1944 they moved to Norwich, Conn. and spent many happy years there. They returned to Greenwich in 1966.

After Carl's death in 1967, Alice moved to California to be near her daughters and grandchildren. She worked as a secretary at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, Calif. until her retirement. After she retired, she decided to move back to her beloved Greenwich.

She was very active taking care of the elderly, volunteering in her church and spending many wonderful times with her brothers and sisters in the area. She also loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Alice was one of those rare souls who enjoyed life to the fullest, made the best of any situation and was always ready to share that enthusiasm with her family and many friends. She loved to work, travel, read and play cards and Scrabble. She was always ready to go anywhere at any time with a big smile. She was so happy to celebrate her 100th birthday in 2007 with her family and friends from 12 states and Canada. Someone asked her if she would like to live her life all over again. Her answer was immediate and with a big smile: "Of course!"

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Jim Fast of Santa Ana, Calif.; her grandson, Carleton Aldrich Workman of Ventura, Calif.; her three granddaughters and their spouses, Molly and Robbie Fleming of Broken Arrow, Okla.; Justine and Jeff Estein of Parker, Colo.; and Jamie and Brian Herlihy of Santa Ana, Calif.; plus eight great-grandchildren; sister Goldie Wands of Pleasant Valley; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carleton Aldrich, her daughters Bernice Aldrich and Linda Meredith, and six brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be held on April 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Greenwich with burial at the Greenwich Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church.

Her family would like to thank the staff at the Pleasant Valley Adult home. The word "angels" fits them perfectly. Their compassion and loving care of Alice was beyond measure.

In remembrance of Alice, those who wish may make donations to the United Church of Greenwich, 37 Salem St., Greenwich, NY 12834. Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros., Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich, NY 12834 (www.flynnbrosinc.com).