MASSENA, N.Y. — Alice J. Whirley, 83, of Center Street, Massena, N.Y., peacefully passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, at Massena Memorial Hospital.

Alice was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Auburn, to Peter and Hazel (Thurston) Stone. Her family moved to New York when she was a young girl, where she resided until 1948 and later returned to Maine to live with her sister when her father passed. She married Ronaldo Martel Sr. in 1951. He predeceased her on Oct. 1, 1955, in Miami, Fla.

She then returned to Maine with her three children. Alice then married Michael Whirley on July 7, 1962, and later came to New York in July 1966.

She worked at Cornell’s Laundry and Marashian Cleaners for several years and later went to Bombay Slipper for 22 years, retiring in 1995. Alice then became a volunteer driver for the Department of Social Service for many years and later stayed at home to care for her ailing husband.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Faline and husband, David Colby of Massena; two sons, Pierre Martel of Lewis, N.Y. and Jerome and wife, Deneen Whirley of Rosenburg, Texas; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers, Aldrof, Alfred, Franklin and Raymond Stone and a sister, Josephine Duguay and her husband of 43 years, in November 2005; a son, Ronaldo Martel Jr. in April 2009.

Alice was a member of the Women of the Moose, Chapter 729 of Massena, where she earned the degrees of Academy of Friendship, Star Recorder, College of Regents and International Co-Worker for the year 2003. She was a member of the Grange, 704 and the Massena Senior Citizens.

Alice enjoyed spending time with her family and friends playing cards and dominoes, going to camp with friends and cookouts. She did arts and crafts, crocheting, and knitting, making many nice gifts for all. She also enjoyed going to the Bingo Palace and playing bingo. She loved her cat, Toby, whom she spoiled every day.

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Alice J. Whirley

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