Burlington-Alice Ruth (Sumner) Moseley died May 31, 2019 in Burlington at age 97 in Burlington. She was born in Bristol on October 19, 1921, the third child of Dewey Sumner of Bristol and Ruth (Hallock)Sumner of Buels Gore- Starksboro. Her siblings in birth order are Lloyd, Leland (Sam), Dorothy, Russell and Lelah. Leland and Dorothy pre-deceased Alice.
Alice is survived by sons Daniel and wife Margaret (Howe) Moseley and James and wife Bonnie (Elwood) Moseley; four grandchildren: Rebecca Moseley and Thomas O’Brien of Burlington, David Moseley and Kendra Notte of South Burlington, Jill and Joseph Chagnon of Rockledge, Florida and Mary and Paul Cushing of Saint Albans; seven great grandchildren: Joseph Chagnon, Jasmine Chagnon, Roderick Cushing, Caitlin Cushing, Micah Tremblay , Ethan Tremblay, and Finnegan Moseley; two brothers, Lloyd Sumner and Russell Sumner; one sister, Lelah Reed and many nieces and nephews. One brother, Leland (Sam) Sumner and one sister Dorothy O’Neal, pre-deceased her.
In 1932, when she was 10 years old, she lived on a farm above Jonesville when a mumps epidemic struck. Of the dozen relatives living on that farm, she was the only one who did not get sick. She cared for all of the sick during the epidemic and for the needs of the farm. The visiting doctor told her some of the sick would certainly die. But none did. She rode the horse several miles down the mountain to get supplies at the railroad junction in Jonesville. She was very proud of saving everyone and this achievement made her able to face several life crises with the confidence that with effort all would come out OK.
Later her family moved from Jonesville to Bristol to take over her grandfather Hiram Sumner’s farm from her ailing uncle Burley Sumner. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1939 and went to Burlington to work at the Fort Ethan Allen PX where she met and married a soldier, Daniel Mosley, December 3, 1941. He had planned to leave the army on December 10, 1941. He did not.
During World War II, son Daniel was born in 1942 and they lived with Cornelius and Julia McCarty and three McCarty daughters in their apartment beside the Black Cat café in Burlington. Alice worked at movie theater and restaurant jobs and also served shifts as an air raid observer in the cupola of the Old Mill on the main campus of UVM.
After World War II Alice and husband moved with son Daniel to St. Johnsbury for him to train as a NET&T telephone lineman for a job in Morrisville. Then later in 1946, son James was born and they bought a house in Wolcott 50 yards from the grammar school. She was active in school parent support and dropping off/picking up duties for the Wolcott Boy Scout Troop hikes into the local mountains and on the Long Trail led by her scoutmaster husband. In 1956 the family moved to Burlington for her husband‘s NET&T job.
In 1957 Alice began work at Henry’s Diner on Bank Street and retired from there in 1992 when she married William Neal.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Iacocca Family Foundation (for diabetes research) 867 Boylston St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02116 or iacoccafoundation.org
Visiting hours will be held Saturday, June 22 from 3 to 5 PM at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service on 472 Meadowland Dr. Suite 7, South Burlington, VT.