Alice Joy Carpenter
Jul 27, 1930 – Jan 8, 2016
Alice (AJ) Carpenter passed away January 8,2016 at the age of 85. Born in Seattle to Grace and Theodore McConkey, Alice grew up in West Seattle and was a West Seattle High School graduate.
In 1952, she met her future husband and soulmate of nearly 64 years, Bill Carpenter. Bill was in the US Navy and stationed In Tacoma, WA. For the next 12 months, Bill courted Alice and eventually they married. Together they raised three daughters, Kathleen, Colleen, and Maureen.
Alice’s working career started at Harborview Hospital, then Boeing and eventually Providence Mt. St. Vincent. She retired from her position as Executive Housekeeper in 1972.
Soon came retirement for both Alice and Bill. They enjoyed spending time camping, fishing, and being with their growing family which now included grandchildren, great grandchildren and later great-great grandchildren.
Antique hunting, arts and crafts, holiday decorating, and gardening kept Alice Busy. She and Bill worked hard on their yard creating a beautiful park-like setting. They spent many evenings together swinging in their gazebo admiring all their hard work.
Eventually Alice and Bill moved from their West Seattle home to Kent. There they spent the next 7 years getting to know the community and every “Mom and Pop” restaurant there was. The new favorite pastime became eating out and getting to know the staff of each restaurant. Eventually life came full circle and the love birds moved back to their beloved West Seattle. Alice and Bill moved to an apartment at Mt. St. Vincent assisted living and then later to long term care.
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