Alice Jean Aikens, 85, of Pinehurst, passed away on October 17, 2019 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
Born on February 28, 1934 in Superior, Wisconsin to the late Thomas Henry and Amy Lou Allen. Alice was a graduate of Stevens Point High School. She was exceptionally bright, but her father declined her full scholarship to the University of Chicago because he wanted her close to home. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin State Teachers College. She continued her studies at Marquette University, receiving graduate credits.
Alice married Clifford C. Aikens, Jr. on August 5, 1961 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She was beautiful, vivacious, witty, and fun-loving, which is why her husband fell in love with her. She was a loving wife and caring mother of three children, and her life revolved around her family and home. She was a constant communicator with family and friends, and was known for her loquacious wit and generosity of spirit—and a firm belief that all people are created equal. She was multi-talented and could fix almost anything.
She was a teacher of English and History and Special Education at the middle and high school level for decades, and received letters of gratitude from students for teaching them how to read and learn in whatever way worked for them, and for giving each a sense that he or she truly mattered in this world, regardless of grades or social norms determining “status.”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Allen, of Cable, WI.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clifford Charles Aikens, Jr.; three children, Ann Marie Aikens (age 57) of Reading, MA, Clifford C. Aikens III (age 54) (Mireya) of New York City, and Holly Jean Goss (age 48) (Col. Donald Lee Goss) of Pinehurst, NC; four grandchildren, Annika and Oksana Aikens of Pleasantville, NY, Alexander Goss of Pinehurst, and Charles Aikens of New York City.
Alice was adored and will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 11:00AM at Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst, everyone welcome. Burial Private.
Online condolences may be left at: www.bolesfuneralhome.com
Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.