Obituary of Alice Joan Cameron
Alice Joan Cameron, 87, died Tuesday afternoon, July 2nd, ten days shy of her 88th birthday, following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She leaves her two sons, John and Dave, daughter-law Hope Elliot-Cameron, and grandson Drew, as well as nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1931 to Herb and Alice Kelsey, she was raised in and around New York City and the New Jersey shore. She put herself through college at the State University of New York at New Paltz, earning a teaching degree in 1952. When she got a job teaching elementary school in West Nyack, she found a room to rent at the Cameron household on Old Mill Road, where she met the young man of the house, Alan Cameron, also recently out of college. They were married in 1955.
After their first child was born, they bought a house on Duryea Place in Nyack in 1963, where Mrs. Cameron would live out the rest of her life-- some 56 years.
A year after their second child was born, Alan passed away at the age of 36, leaving Alice to face life on her own. She took several years to raise her sons, and returned to teaching full-time for the Nyack School District in the late '70s. She taught at the Valley Cottage Elementary School until she retired at the age of 70, in 2001.
She was a beloved teacher to many generations of students and parents at both West Nyack and Valley Cottage Elementary Schools, and devoted her life to children-- her own two, and the many hundreds who passed through her classrooms over the years.
Although she was able to overcome three different bouts with cancer later in life, her battle with Alzheimer's proved insurmountable. Thanks to the efforts of family and very diligent home health aides, Alice was able to live out her life in the comfort of her ownhome.
There will be a viewing at the Sorce Funeral Home at 728 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY from 4pm until 8pm, on Tuesday July 9th, and a funeral ceremony at 10am the following morning at the same location, followed by a graveside service and burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in her memory to the American Alzheimer's Association, at act.alz.org/donate
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