Millbury – Alice C. (Andrews) Henry, 89, of Millbury, formerly a longtime resident of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.
Alice, more commonly known as Nana, was born July 26, 1927 in Worcester. She was the only child of the late Roland and Mildred (Martin) Andrews. She was raised in Shrewsbury on her beloved Lake Quinsigamond until she moved to Worcester as a young adult. In Worcester, she worked at the Lowes Theater, where she met the love of her life, Edward Henry. They were married for 53 years. They gave birth to her pride and joy, Karen C. (Henry) Etre, and moved with her family back to Shrewsbury.
Alice took work at the Lawrence Candle Factory for several years and the Worcester Envelope Co. for 13 years before taking the position as the Head House Keeper at the opening of U-Mass Hospital on Lake Avenue. She eventually retired from the hospital at the age of 63. Moving to Millbury in 1993, she resided there for the past 23 years.
She lost her love, Eddie, after 53 years of marriage and spent the rest of her life living with her daughter and grandson.
Alice enjoyed a life time of memories with her dearest friends playing cards on Wednesdays, shopping on Saturdays, going to visit the Rhode Island beaches with her family, and of course having dessert! Some of her favorite memories are those spent with her daughter Karen and fiancé Richard Walsh, her grandson Christopher L. Etre, his wife Crystal, and their three children, Branden, Kirsten, and Brad, as well her granddaughter, Victoria Lenihan.
Her family was the most important thing in her life and she cherished any time she could spend or talk with them. She loved the company of all “her” dogs, Roger, Diablo, Jambi, Dante, and Lulu.
Alice had an amazing ability to befriend all that she met. Her smile, perspective and gracious offering of food made her many of friends! She loved having genuine conversations and watching children play. She was known as “Nana” to the many children and adults she spent time with. She will be truly missed by all that have had the chance to meet her.
The family would like to thank the hospital staff at St. Vincent Hospital, Dr. Richard Wholey, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Bayada Health Care, and VNA Hospice Care Unit.
Services for Nana will be held Wednesday, Dec. 21 from the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. John’s Church, 40 Temple St., Worcester. Burial next to her husband will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury. A period of calling hours will be held Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., in the funeral home prior to departure for her funeral Mass.
If you would like to make a contribution in her memory, kindly consider making donations to the Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.