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MARY "ALICE" RIVERS - JERICHO - Mary "Alice" Rivers, 91, passed away peacefully Dec. 9, 2012, in the Burlington Health and Rehab, with her niece, Donna Hutchins, and her dear friend, Sandy Tillotson, by her side. Alice was born Nov. 30, 1921, in Pascoag, R.I. She was the daughter of the late Fred and Anna (Lavoie) Dumas. She graduated from Burlington High School, Class of 1939, and from the University of Vermont. Alice operated a beauty shop out of her parent's home in Burlington for many years. She also worked as a chemist at IBM until her retirement. She married Donald A. Rivers in 1964. They spent their life together on the farm in Jericho. Together they enjoyed operating the farm and gardening. Don predeceased her in 1985. In 1986, Alice made a generous donation of her farm and land to the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department. In later years, Alice enjoyed taking seniors to lunches and spending time with them. She loved her spring and fall trips to the Middlebury Inn. It was there that she met her companion of ten years, William Eisner of Greensboro. Bill predeceased her in 2011. Alice then moved back to her farm in Jericho for the remainder of her life. Alice is survived by her nieces and nephews, Donna (Frank) Hutchins, Brenda (Timmy) Shea, Mary Skog, Patty (Howard) Wells, Mary (Richard) Weeter, Fred (Brenda) Dumas and Thomas (Alison) Dumas; her sister-in-law, Margaret Dumas Carter of Virginia; and her special friends, Dave and Sandy Tillotson of Jericho. Alice was also predeceased by her brothers, Hubert (Beansie) and Roland. The family would like to thank the staff at the Burlington Health and Rehab for the love and care given to Alice these past three months. At Alice's request there will be no visiting hours or memorial service held. A private graveside service will take place in the spring in the family lot in Jericho Center Cemetery. Contributions in Alice's memory may be made to the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department, P.O. Box 150, Underhill, VT 05489; or the Greensboro Library at 53 Wilson St., Greensboro, VT 05841.The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 12, 2012.
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December 20, 2012
I had the fortune of spending time when I came to Vermont in the "off-season", staying with my Uncle Bill and Alice, when my mom, Bill's sister Katy was living at the Greensboro Nursing Home. We laughed at the antics of the cats and talked at length -- she wanted to wait on me. I loved her "apple pie without a crust!" What a lovely person -- I am lucky to have known her!
Anne Smiley Percival
December 17, 2012
Alice was a great friend and no one was as selfless and generous as she was. she will be always remembered with great love.
December 16, 2012
You will be greatly missed Auntie Alice, Lots of great times were had at the farm.
Carlene Blair
December 15, 2012
This world has lost an amazing women whose heart was out for all to see. We will miss you Mary Alice,till we meet again.
December 14, 2012
I speak for the entire Eisner family when I say that Alice's time with our Dad, Bill Sr. was a joy to all they encountered. They had a great time together, and we we're so fortunate to share in that.
William Eisner
December 13, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to all.She was a special lady and we are glad to have known her,even for such a short time.She was so pleasant to have a conversation with. God bless you,Alice. May you rest in peace now.
Roland & Cynthia Cayer
December 13, 2012
Donna sorry to hear of Mary Alice' death. I heard you mention her many times way back in 1968 and I think I was your neighbor in Essex Center. Sorry for your loss.
Barbara Baylis
December 12, 2012
So sorry for all of you Vermonters! Alice was beyond the beyond in caring, love and amazing life. We have missed her since we left Vermont for Colorado and was so very often in our thoughts!
Ron and Nina (Jan) Dockery
December 12, 2012
I met Alice when she was driving her friends to lunches. She was a delightful woman and so good to everyone I am sure she will be missed by all. Carol THurgate
December 12, 2012
Alice was a dear friend for many, many years. She brought joy to all of ys at the Middlebury Inn. Alice did many things for others, with no publicity. She will be missed by all who knew her. Frank and Jane Emanuel
Frank & Jane Emanuel
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