Alice was born in 1937 in Springford on a dairy farm and so knows a thing or two about working hard.
She milked cows, fed horses, cleaned stalls with her two sisters. The farm also grew corn and oats crops.
She met her first husband in Tillsonburg where she worked at Heath's Department Store in the 1950s. They married and had two girls. Things didn't work out between them and so she and the girls moved to Woodstock where the newly single mother bought a house and got a job as a typist at Webster's Stationary.
She then began a new chapter in her life when she met a man at a Parents Without Partners group and they were soon married. They were married for 39 years. His folks had a 100-acre farm in Woodstock and when they could no longer look after it, Alice and her husband took it over. They farmed corn, soybeans and other cash crops for close to 30 years.
After her husband passed away, Alice found it increasingly difficult to live on her own. She had PSWs come to the home to help and they finally advised her and her family that she would be safer in a nursing home. They found her a spot at Caressant Care Courtland, close to where she grew up. She has lived at the nursing home for two years now and says she wouldn't want to move now.
"I like the atmosphere here. It's clean and the girls are really good to us."