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Alice V. Parker Laird

1925 - 2014 NORTH ADAMS Alice Virginia Parker Laird, 88, of South Deerfield, died peacefully at Linda Manor in Northampton on May 16, 2014. She was born on July 3, 1925, in Adams, daughter of Agnes Daniels Parker and William Parker. Alice was a proud member of Drury High School's class of 1944, where she was known for her intelligence, wit, acting skill, and red hair. In 1948, Alice married the love of her life, Donald Ian Laird Sr. ("Dingle"), of Clarksburg, Mass., at the First Baptist Church in North Adams. They were married for almost 65 years. Alice worked at many jobs in her lifetime, including at Greylock Elementary School, the First Agricultural National Bank, Jarisch Paper Box Co., and as a library technician at Williams College. She retired to South Deerfield in 1990. Alice had a beautiful singing voice and loved music. In her earlier years, she sang as a soloist and choir member in area churches and community choirs. Attending concerts at Tanglewood was one of her greatest pleasures. A creative, unique, and funny woman, she was an avid reader, always with a book at her side. Friends will remember Alice's generous spirit, her special deliveries of freshly picked strawberries or blueberries, her small favors or unexpected gifts. She had a special love for written correspondence, sending newsy notes and special occasion cards on a regular basis, sometimes including an original and always rhyming poem. Alice was a devoted, loving, and supportive wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by a son, Bruce and his wife, Catherine, of Port Washington, N.Y.; a son, Peter and his wife, Jeannine Atkins, of Whately; daughter, Christine of New Britain, Conn.; grandson, Benjamin and his wife, Kelly; great-grandson, Ian of Greenwich, N.Y., granddaughter, Emily of Boston, Mass. Alice was predeceased by her husband, Donald Sr. in 2013 and son, Donald Jr. in 2003. FUNERAL NOTICE: Wrisley's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 28, at 3 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Whately, 177 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, with the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Music Series at South Church, 90 Main St., New Britain, CT, 06051 (Attn: Christine Laird, Managing Director), or a . Expressions of Sympathy are available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 20, 2014
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