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Alice Mathews 1939 - 2008 NYACK,N.Y. Alice Mathews, 90, died peacefully at home in Nyack, on May 2, 2008 after a short illness. Born and raised in New Orleans, La., daughter of Wallace Ogden Westfeldt and Alice Vairin. She attended Radcliffe College. Alice married her husband, Troup Howard Mathews, in 1942, and they moved to New York City after the war. The Mathews family were among the early residents of Shanks Village in Rockland County, where they lived from 1949 to 1956. She was a committed gardener, and continued to maintain an active life by becoming a second degree reiki practitioner. For over 20 years Alice lived in Blauvelt and worked at the Rockland County Mental Health Center where she retired in 1976. After her retirement she moved to Sandgate, Vt., to live in a house that had been owned by her aunt, Lulie Westfeldt. She made her New Orleans debut in 1939, where was a maid in the Krewes of Momus, Poseidon and Rex. She held various positions in the town government including receiver of taxes and a member of the Arlington Garden Club for several years. She was a member of the Sandgate Methodist Church for which she provided glorious bouquets and Justice of the Peace. The local chapter of Beyond War benefited from her drive and organizational abilities. Alice volunteered at the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Upper Nyack until her eyesight became too poor due to macular degeneration. Alice renewed and extended her friendships when she returned to live in Nyack in 1996. She leaves two brothers, Patrick McCloskey Westfeldt of Denver, Co., and Wallace Ogden Westfeldt of Plattsburg, N.Y.; four daughters, Vairin Henshaw of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., Sarah Escowitz and Christine Batten of Reston, Va., and Mary Mathews of Nyack; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: Anyone wishing to make donations in her name may contribute to the Sandgate Methodist Church.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 6, 2008
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