Alice Bilbo Fletcher
On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, Alice Bilbo Fletcher, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away at age ninety-two.
An avid traveler with a keen sense of adventure, Alice spent much of her life exploring the world and set foot on every continent except Antarctica. In 1952, she enlisted as a navy WAVE (Women accepted for emergency services). She especially loved Africa, which she first fell in love with when she served in the peace corps. She returned twice more: first to South Africa and then to Kenya with her oldest daughter, Anne. When she visited Israel with her younger daughter, Mary, she floated in the Dead Sea and tucked prayers in the Wailing Wall.
Alice was also crafty, and spent much of her time creating beautiful dolls, quilts, and jewelry. Her dolls were imbued with meticulous details and rich character that made them come to life. Her favorites greeted visitors to her house and others were gifted to those she cared about the most, each of them stitched with love. A few even made their way into art galleries. She connected with many of her friends through creative pursuits and though she may no longer be with us, the beauty she created and the bonds she forged will stand the test of time.
Alice was best known for her independence, quick witted humor, and sense of adventure. She is survived by her daughters, Anne Till and her son-in-law Chris Till, Susan Hardy and Mary Fletcher, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 10am - 12pm. at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral home.