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Alice Honora Prosser Keith

  • Birth 20 Sep 1897 Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 18 Aug 1982 Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Plot H 112
  • Memorial ID 32898444

Alice (my grandmother) was the daughter of William Prosser and Zua Ada Bennett. She attended Oil City High School, and later married Clifford Keith. Of this union were born: Margaret Alice (July 10, 1924), and Gordon Wesley (March 27, 1926). Her siblings included William, Lee, Francis and John Prosser, and sisters Isabelle, Margaret, and Hilda Prosser.

We all called Alice "Me-Me." Her granddaughter Kathy gave her that name as a child.

Alice was a devoted wife and homemaker. She sewed, did fine-needle crochet and embroidery work, and she was a good cook and could bake wonderful bread.

She used to like to tell us, "Fools names and fools faces are always seen in public places." Her other truism was that "familiarity breeds contempt." I imagine she was trying to instill some form of propriety into my childish life.

The great poets and authors of the 1800s were a passion of hers. While sitting at her kitchen table she would recite Thanatopsis. She would have been called a Socialist in her political beliefs, and always voted a straight Democratic ticket. She loved to play Scrabble and always beat her opponents. Throughout her life, she admired most of the great operatic tenors. She loved the movie "It Happened One Night," and loved John and Lionel Barrymore, and she enjoyed the movies of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. I was first introduced by her to the wonderful Lionel Barrymore movie "On Borrowed Time," a story about Mr. Brink (the character name of the man who was Death) being trapped up in a tree, unable to get down. For as long as Mr. Brink was trapped in the tree, no one could die. The story showed that being free of death was not necessarily a good thing. It was a very sweet movie. Alice gave me my first Bible, a white, King James Version Bible. Often times she recalled having taught school in a one-room schoolhouse after obtaining her teaching certificate. I believe she taught school in Stoneboro or near Rocky Grove, Pennsylvania.

She always told us with pride that she had been a member of the Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania.

She was loving, fair, intelligent, proper, and diligent. A prized friendship was that which she shared with Edith and Velma Heckart of Pennsylvania.

Alice is missed and survived by 10 grandchildren and their children.

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