Alice Louise Carpenter
1946 - 2020
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It is with deep sadness that the family of Alice Louise Carpenter announces her peaceful passing on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the age of 74 in Westminster, MD. Alice was born on July 3, 1946 in New York, NY to the late Therese and John C. Stokes Alice is survived by her husband of 52 years, James R. Carpenter, Jr.; children; David Carpenter (Stephanie Carpenter), Scott Carpenter (Julie Carpenter), and Elizabeth Carpenter-Song (Arnold Song); and grandchildren; Jack, Lauren, Bobby, Madeline, Jesse and Kate. Alice dedicated herself to raising her children and returned to her education later in life, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Towson University and Master's Degree in Library Science from McDaniel College. She worked for more than two decades as the librarian at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, MD. She was a valued mentor to many girls and advised many clubs, including the knitting and cooking clubs. Alice always had a smile on her face and truly went out of her way to help anyone. One of her defining qualities was her effortless sacrifice in always putting others ahead of herself. Her warmth and generosity were unequaled and countless lives were touched by her passions. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 7 to 9 pm at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. A private memorial service will be held for the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alice's name to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Road, Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Sep. 29, 2020.
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Maura Fannin
October 3, 2020
Alice Carpenter - Gone ! This hèartbreaking news is painfully unbelievable.

The sight of one lovely picture of former Mount de Sales students with Alice, triggered an outpouring of memories of my ten-year stint as Religious and Culinary Arts teacher in the Academy.

Coming to America to teach was probably the most daring challenge I ever took: to test the treacherous waters in a foreign land; but to pursue the so called elusive American dream was a hauntingand gnawing call especially to one coming from a far-flung island - the Philippines.

So, I got my initial dose of culture shock: the accent, colloquial terminologies, western food, biting weather, strange greetings, laughter, questions and comments from students the tone of which, to my mind, bordered between curiosity and mockery.

I was about to give up, but I prayed harder each day for guidance and strength in that magnificent chapel in MDSA. God's answer was quick, for He sent His angels to the rescue in the person of Alice Carpenter and Mary Stanton. These two women have become my pillars of strength all those years of my adjustment struggles.

Alice Carpenter was an ex- traordinary woman: soft-spoken, gentle, generous, helpful, always smiling, always pleasant, always welcoming. My day to day encounter with Alice in the library revealed much more behind that pleasant and wholesome mien: she was a woman of substance and great inner strength that easily infects. There was so much learning to absorb from her. The magnitude of her mind was unfathomable

The mere words "Thank you" are not enough for the tremendous help she extended to me especially the annual Hunger Banquet of the Culinary Arts as a fundraiser. It always reached a satisfying fruition with her and Mary Stanton around. Most of all, Alice had her shoulders ready to catch tears of many troubled and confused souls. A small nook in the library became second home to tired and hungry students after school. Her home-made delectable cookies surely brighthened up their faces.

Now, retired at 75 here in Manila, Philippines, I recall a very vivid picture of Alice along the library corridor: a tall, slender figure in black office attire giving me a tight hug as I bade her goodbye on my last day in school to begin my retirement. My steps were heavy as I walked away from the library. I looked back to catch a last glimpse of my friend, still smiling,, waving her hand and wiping her tears. I did not look back again for this time, my face became hot with tears.

This very minute, i'm looking at the sky through our glass window at home fascinated by the clouds taking on various shapes and contours of figures, I imagine seeing you, Alice, enveloped in the warm embrace of the Blessed Mother with Jesus on her side and the angels around. I want to say, "Thank you God, for that great Gift you have given us all: Alice Carpenter."


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Aida Sorra
Friend
October 2, 2020
I have missed Alice every day since she retired from MDSA. She was a friend, and a coworker. I love you and I miss you. Rest in Peace, my friend. May God Bless your family at this time.
Michelle Natale
Coworker
October 1, 2020
Mrs. Carpenter turned every challenge into a blessing. She never failed to make you smile and was willing to drop everything to be there for you. She was everything I want to be when I grow up, joyful, loving, patient, selfless. I am better just for having known her and will always think of her when I have printer troubles.

Class of ‘17
Mackenzie Hite
Student
September 30, 2020
Mrs. Carpenter (or Momma C) was such an important part of my time at Mount de Sales. I spent almost every break in the library and many hours after school with her. Even after graduation, we would go on lunch dates every once in awhile to catch up on how college was going. I'll always fondly remember her kindness, sense of humor, and her delicious cookies and blondies. Will be praying for her and for her family.
Maura Duffy
Student
September 30, 2020
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Douglas Gardiner
September 30, 2020
Mrs. Carpenter was one of the first people I met when I shadowed at MdSA. She was so sweet and always smiling whenever I saw her. When I attended MdSA myself, she was someone I always enjoyed talking to. I was always in the library, always at her desk talking. She was always someone that you could go to and just chat, I always joked that she was the grandma of MdSA. She always had little treats in her office, something she always joked was for the seniors, but she allowed other people to swipe a few here and there. I had a class on that floor and I’d always take a little treat whenever she allowed me to. Her laugh was always contagious. She was also someone that made sure we were helped, always finding books and articles for papers. I remember when I was a freshmen and we had to do research on tea parties and the time period, she had books at the ready and was prepared to help in any way. I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t have passed papers and research without her help. High School is tough for people, it’s stressful and a time of finding oneself - and she was always there for them. If you were stressed or lost, you got a extra cookie and some talking. I remember hugging her, and just feeling this warmth and love. She loved each one of us like we were her family.

You will forever be missed. Until we meet again.

MdSA ‘15
Marissa Hawkins
Student
September 29, 2020
Ms. Carpenter made the library at MdS a sanctuary for over 20 years sailor students.
Having a cookie with her was like sitting down at the table with mom after school.
She not only gave us a safe place to learn but she made it feel like home.
And I'm sure I can speak for many a student when I say she single handedly made sure we all passed, With out her help I wouldn't have finished half the papers we had to write.

Thank you

Love Maura c/o 2000
Maura
Student
September 29, 2020
Mrs. Carpenter was always a light and smiling face when going into the library wing of Mount de Sales. Whether it was book club, knitting club, or just hanging out in the library, she was always welcoming and enjoyed just having everyone around. If you were having a bad day, there would always be something she baked the day before in her office. She will be greatly missed by everyone in the Mount de Sales community.

-Mount de Sales Class of 2013
Kelsey Everett
Student
September 29, 2020
She was so kind and sweet! I always enjoyed seeing her in the library or at The Culinary Arts Club. I enjoyed the few years I was part of the club and got to learn under her guidance. ❤
Lindsey Nalley
Student
September 29, 2020
I honestly credit her in a large part for my love of editing—she was such a kind and careful teacher when I needed to learn how to properly write footnotes or accurate book citations. I'll always think fondly of my time with her in the library.
Naomi Garcia
Student
September 29, 2020
Thank you to Mrs. Carpenter - I wish I could have your chocolate chip cookie recipe (the added coconut was even better!) I wish even more that you were still a floor or two away, with a smile, a quick joke, and warmth that filled the (cold!) MDS hallways. You were a true light in the lives of so many people. Thank you for being you, but for also being the best you, and sharing that with all of us.
MDS 2003
Claire Colclough
Student
September 29, 2020
My eldest daughter Mia, a 2018 MDSA graduate, informed me today of Mrs. Carpenter's passing. She told me because Mrs. Carpenter was from my hometown, Westminster. I know Mrs. Carpenter as David and Scott's Mom. Mia didn't know that we were neighbors at Walnut Ridge years ago and that the Carpenters would occasionally give me a ride to or from soccer practice. On at least one occasion I collected their mail while they were on vacation. She didn't know that Mrs. Carpenter was the mom that everyone loved, kind and compassionate beyond words. Little did I know that 30+ years later my daughter would say the same thing, that Mrs. Carpenter was the "nicest person I've ever met." Mrs. Carpenter's legacy is that she touched several generations of those whom came to know her, whether it was a simple ride to a soccer game or the encouragement and kindness she extended to the countless students she inspired at MDSA. Thank you Mrs. Carpenter for the love you've shown my daughter and for the wonderful person you are. Mr. Carpenter, David, Scott, and Elizabeth--you are in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Christopher Grove
Neighbor
September 29, 2020
Such an amazing woman! I’d go to the library and her office just to see her. She made my days at Mount de Sales so bright. And I know she did for many other girls as well. Breaks my heart to know that she is no longer in this world but heaven will be so much sweeter to see her there. Sending up prayers for Mrs. Carpenter and all of her family
Christina Betta
Student
September 29, 2020
Such a kind and loving personality. I'm lucky to have known her in my years at MDS and beyond. She created a safe haven for many girls and touched our lives in different ways. She will be missed.
Amir Sakina Dedmari
Student
September 29, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. I will always remember her warm support and fresh cookies in the MDS library!
Elise Phair
Student
September 29, 2020
I have such good memories of Mrs. Carpenter from MDS. She was so encouraging and understanding - in a time full of teenage angst, she offered girls peace and a restful atmosphere in the library. What a legacy of kindness. May she rest in peace!
Caitlin Bootsma
Student
September 29, 2020
Mrs. Carpenter was one of the kindest people I have ever known! She was always eager to help everyone and so welcoming with her warm smile. She improved the lives of everyone she met!
Elizabeth Elfrey
September 29, 2020
Having the privilege to know Ms. Carpenter during my time at MDSA was honestly such a blessing. She helped me in a very dark period of my life and was such a pure light that I can’t even imagine going through that time without her. High school is tough for many people and Ms. carpenter was a constant source of genuine love and care that many of us needed. I truly will never forget her and all that she did. She was an incredible woman with a beautiful soul. Thinking and praying for her family during these very sad times.

Emily Geppi
MDSA 2015
Emily Geppi
Student
September 29, 2020
I was very grateful to have the opportunity to work with Alice when I taught Law at MDSA. She was so kind hearted and so very loving and genuine with the girls and a font of knowledge for us all. She had such a positive influence on so many young women and teachers.
Mary Gentner
September 29, 2020
I never knew Alice Carpenter and yet I believe I knew her very well. I knew her through her husband Rick, a lifelong mentor and friend. I knew Rick always glowed when he spoke of his “bride”. I know Rick felt he won the lottery when the girl he described as “movie star beautiful “ agreed to marry him. I know Rick was overwhelmed with her love for her family and generosity to others.

I know Alice through her children, wonderfully, talented people with strong vibrant families. I have known David and Scott since track meet “field trip “ days when they were still in elementary school. David worked for me in retail sporting goods and I always had a sense of peace about the store when I left him in charge. Later in life, I needed some help in a family real estate matter and Dave provided a solution that was in the best interest of all. Scott is the family entrepreneur and also has always displayed his mom’s kindness and generosity. Elizabeth was our “go to” babysitter for our first child. She is absolutely brilliant academically and also mirrors the kindness and generosity that was evident throughout her mom’s life.

I knew Alice through every Mt. De Sales graduate that I ever met who had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Carpenter. I never met one young woman from that school who didn’t speak glowingly of Alice.

Finally, there’s an old adage that says “all coaches’ wives are going to heaven, it’s just a matter of how many coaches join them there”. Alice lived her life for her family and displayed generosity towards others. I would say that’s a life well lived.
Doug Renner
Friend
September 29, 2020
This photo is a gem that I sought out this morning from my senior retreat in Fall 2004 when I was a student at MDS. She was such a kind and nurturing woman. We never ate lunch in the cafeteria--always in her office, and everyone knew about her fudge and cookies at break. She gladly let girls stay in her office before and after school. She provided a place that we could call "home" during my time at MDS. She truly was a gem and will be missed by many. I know how dedicated she was to her girls at MDS, and as one of them, thank you for sharing her with us! Praying for her whole family during this time!

Heather Mork
MDSA '05
Heather Mork
Student
September 29, 2020
I worked with Alice at Mount deSales. She was such a pleasure to know. I enjoyed our many chats in the library. May God bless you all with many warm memories!
Mary Jo Puglisi
Coworker
September 29, 2020
I never really knew Alice Carpenter, but in a sense maybe I did. Her husband Rick is a valued mentor and friend. He would always brag about his bride with movie star beauty. He loves to tell the story of love at first sight and how he bragged to his friends "I'm going to marry that girl". Later, when Rick served as my coach and my athletic director, he would always tell me that he won the lottery when Alice agreed to marry him.

I knew her children who were brilliant academically, wonderful people and who grew up to be great parents themselves. David, the oldest, worked in retail sporting goods with me while in college. I always had a sense of peace that our store was in great hands when David managed a shift . Later, when I needed real estate help, there was no doubt that I would turn to David and he negotiated a settlement that helped our family in a big way. Scott, always quick with a smile, is the family entrepreneur. Elizabeth was our go to babysitter for my oldest son and is absolutely brilliant in her academic field. I might have not known Alice, but knowing her children showed me the type of mother she must have been to raise such exceptional kids.

I know several Mt. De Sales alumni who beam when they talk about Mrs. Carpenter. I may not know Alice but I know she impacted lives through her work at the private school.

I hope we can reflect on the life of Alice Carpenter, wife, educator, mother, grandmother and remember a woman whose love impacted her family and her students at Mt. De Sales.

Finally, there's an old adage that rings true here because of the many years and many sacrifices Alice made during Rick's coaching and athletic director tenure: "All the coaches' wives are definitely going to Heaven , it's just a question of how many coaches will join them there".

Peace to the Carpenter family. You have every reason to celebrate a life well lived!
Doug Renner
Friend
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