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Alice C. Carrier

Alice Crossgrove Carrier, 89, passed away peacefully at her home in McGraw, NY, on September 5, 2021.

She was born in McLean, NY, to Charles and Rosella Crossgrove. She was a graduate of Dryden High School. She then went on to graduate from Cortland State after which she began a career of teaching in the Cortland City Schools system. She taught for a total of 37 years; 29 of which were at Barry School and retired in 1990.

Alice was a past member and president of the Nightingales, a member of the McGraw Methodist Church, serving as Sunday School Superintendent and on the Finance Committee as trustee. She enjoyed many years with her good friend, Warren Barth, organizing the Time and Talent Auction.

Mrs. Carrier was a member of the Cortland 20th Century Club since 1990. She served several terms as president, as well as a term as secretary. She also served on the McGraw School Board, and tutored for the adult literacy program through BOCES.

Alice is survived by three children; Kenneth (Jessie) Carrier of Cincinnatus, Gloria Gilbert of McGraw, and Nancy Carrier of North Carolina, seven beloved grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings; Jean Barnes, Donna Crossgrove, Cleone Leete, Esther Powers, and Joe Crossgrove. Also, her faithful aide, Tracey LeDuc, that provided loving care.

Alice was predeceased by her husband, Ralph, in 1983, beloved son-in-law, Kenny Gilbert, in 2012, and brother, Bill Crossgrove.

At her request, there will be no services and memorial donations can be made to the McGraw Methodist Church.

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Ms. Carrier was my 5th grade teacher, a lifetime ago. Full of life, and wisdom, she guided me through too-early "boyfriends," inspired my love of writing, triggered my imagination, and inculcated a love of learning. I followed her example to SUNY Cortland, then graduate school, and into teaching (university level). We reconnected a couple of decades ago and she attended a few events held for me at SUNY Cortland and several lunches over the years. How did she remember a student from a lifetime ago -- and remember specific events? She never lost her enthusiasm for her students. I shall forever be grateful to her for modeling grace, goodness, and compassion. Suad Joseph

Suad Joseph Oct 10 2021 6:12 PM

I met Ralph&Alice through my co-worker Jim Cafferty they were his neighbors. I remember sitting in their kitchen about 1980. What a wonderful couple . Today (September 27, 2021. I was filling in at the Virgil Cemetery and had the Honor of covering Alice's grave, her ashes are now next to Ralph . Together again. Rest In Peace Ralph&Alice…. JimMurphy

Jim Murphy Sep 27 2021 8:11 PM

Ken, Jessie and family. Sympathy to you all. When the heart aches, remember the laughs and good times.

Phil and Kathy McGrath Sep 21 2021 11:28 AM

Gloria and family, your mom was a treasure. She was so much fun and made me want to learn. God bless all of your family.

Theresa DeVoe Sep 17 2021 3:37 PM

Sorry to hear of her passing. She was a fun 5th grade teacher. Except when she was upset at us for giggling during the baboon unit (as someone else mentioned in their condolences). But I think she forgave all of us for that. She certainly had a positive influence on many students at Barry School, and we thank her for that. May she rest in peace.

Terry (Patrick) Mingle Sep 17 2021 12:15 PM

So very sorry to learn of your mom's passing. A very special lady.

Joan Atkins Sep 16 2021 7:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Alice Carrier

Marilyn Wheatley Sep 15 2021 7:58 PM

Gloria, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. What a wonderful lady she was as I read about the wonderful life she lived. Our Mothers are with us always, first in our lifetime, then in our memories. Sending hugs and prayers to you.

Joan Forshee Sep 15 2021 2:38 PM

Gloria, Ken and Nancy, I am so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She is at peace now and you all have good memories of her.

Andrea Dawson Sep 14 2021 11:12 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alice Carrier

Brenda Comolli Sep 13 2021 4:10 PM

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