SOUTH DEERFIELD - Alice Virginia (Parker) Laird, 88, of South Deerfield, died peacefully Friday, May 16, 2014, at Linda Manor in Northampton.
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She was born July 3, 1925, in Adams, daughter of Agnes (Daniels) Parker and William Parker. Alice was a proud member of Drury High School's (North Adams) 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 "Dingle" Laird, Sr., of Clarksburg, 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 Company, 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 (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. Survivors include son Bruce and his wife Catherine of Port Washington, N.Y.; son Peter and his wife Jeannine Atkins of Whately; daughter Christine of New Britain, Conn.; grandson Benjamin, his wife Kelly and great-grandson Ian of Greenwich, N.Y.; and granddaughter Emily of Boston.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Donald, Sr., in 2013 and son Donald, Jr., in 2003.
Wrisley's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held 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
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 20, 2014