2016-01-15 / Obituaries

Alice Clunie

Alice Clunie left us on Dec. 30 in the aftermath of the season’s first snowstorm, while in the loving care of incredible staff at St. Andre Health Care in Biddeford.

She was 89, and we were planning her 90th birthday, June 30, 2016. We will still gather that day to celebrate her life after interring her ashes along with those of her beloved husband, John Clunie.

She was born Alice May Marvin in Boston on June 30, 1926 to Alice (Amesbury) and Stanley Simms Marvin. She grew up in Dorchester and graduated from the Jeremiah E Burke High School, and we know this by her many wonderful stories of her childhood there and in North Haven, Maine.

She married George W. Wilson the second of April of 1946 and raised four children while moving several times throughout her husband’s career; Melrose, Westwood, Dover and Weston, Massachusetts, and Alliance, Mariemont, and Indian Hill, Ohio.

Throughout all their moves, the family always returned each summer to the beloved cottage at Goose Rocks Beach.

Alice became a proficient figure skater, skating in several shows and enjoyed honing her skills as an artist. In 1965 she began a career in real estate in the Boston area and revelled in it for 30 years.

Her life truly bloomed anew after her second marriage in 1978 to John T. Clunie. Together their lives were rich and full, enjoying family, friends, gourmet cooking, gardening, traveling and particularly doing The New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle ... never missing a puzzle for 30 years ... not even while traveling in Greece when their friend faxed them the puzzle.

After John’s death in 1996, Alice retired from real estate and moved to the Kennebunks to be closer to her family. She began a business attending to the elderly and volunteered for The New School at its thrift store, Outta the Box, until some health conditions began to limit her. After moving to her daughter’s home, she continued to enjoy knitting, reading, drawing and sketching, feeding the birds, enjoying her family and friends, and of course The New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Clunie, and by her parents and her sister Joanne (Marvin) Fell of Walpole, Massachusetts. She is survived by her sisters and brother, Ruth Dickey of Waldoboro, Louise (Marsters) Lovejoy, of Las Vegas, and Robert Marvin and his wife Nancy of Calais, also Alice’s four children, Penny (Alice) and her husband Jimmy Fairfield, Carolyn Wilson of Kennebunk, and Chip (George) Wilson and Willie (Steven) Wilson of Telluride, Colorado; five grandchildren, Amy, Heather and Megan Fairfield, Jessica Thompson Pares, and Sara Wilson; seven great-grandchildren, Brynne, Keegan, James, Andrew, Elle, Lily, and Nici; 10 nieces and nephews; her stepchildren Chip (Charles) Clunie of Nantucket, Dale (Clunie) Scott of Manchester, New Hampshire and grandchildren Christopher and Sarah.

Alice is probably best known for her sense of humor and her sharing of stories often laced with a variety of adages. ..”The chickens have truly come home to roost” as her family has come together in love with her legacy of humor. We will miss her, but we’ll be remembering and celebrating her on June 30. A website has been set up to give you details (some of which are currently tentative). www.rememberingaliceclunie.com.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to:

The Town of Kennebunk, EMS Fund, Summer Street, Kennebunk, Maine 04043.

Alice and her family appreciated and were grateful for their dedication and caring ways.

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