Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Alice Lucille (Jackson) Ivens

Alice Lucille (nee Jackson) Ivens, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Alice was born in Racine on November 18, 1922, to the late Herbert and Hazel (nee Stewart) Jackson and was a longtime resident of Racine.

Alice was employed by St. Mary’s Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 1987. Family was very important to Alice. She dearly loved her family and was deeply loved and cherished by them. A graduate of Cassopolis (MI) High School, Alice could cut-a-rug with the best of them and was recognized by her classmates for her skilled Lindy Hop. Before returning to Racine in 1962, Alice was employed by Grace Hospital, Detroit, MI. Alice enjoyed spending time entertaining family and friends, music, dance, crocheting and knitting -- especially when creating sweaters for her beloved pet, Ling Ling. She was always the life of the party and the hostess with the most-est. Alice was a member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church. She was a strong, proud and intelligent woman; a descendant of one of the oldest African-American families in Racine. Alice was full of fun and mischief and brought much joy to all who knew and loved her. She will be dearly missed.

Alice is survived by nephews Stanley (Cynthia) Jackson, Michael (Susan) Monroe, Gregory Jackson and Alan Jackson; nieces, Hazel Bivens, Gloria Jean Noble, Sharron Blocker, Alice Vest, Valarie Deborah (Maceo) Alford, Suzanne (Woody) Farris and Kelly Steppe; special great-nephew Christopher Monroe; sister-in-law Viola Jackson; cousin Irene Lee; dear friends, Debbie Cobb, Irene Allen and Cheryl Sumnicht; and a host of great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Howard Ivens; beloved sister, Marjorie Monroe; brothers, Robert Jackson, Jerome Jackson, Gilbert Jackson and Harold Jackson; nephews, Jerome Jackson Jr. and John Monroe; niece Karen Jackson; sisters-in-law Erin Jackson and Phyllis Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010, at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a thank you for their kindness and care for Alice to: Dr. Thomas Goodrich and staff, Dr. Michael Mullane and staff, Society’s Assets staff – especially Linda R, Lynette, Cindy, Renee, Deb, Christina and Maria; Hospice Alliance staff – especially Arevelon; and the entire Lincoln Village Convalescent Center staff.

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