My name is Mike and I’ve known Alice for a long time now. You have all touched on various aspects of Alice that made her special. She wore so many hats – mom, friend, mentor, co-worker. And while I am thankful to call Alice a friend, I will always remember her as the prototype waitress.

A lot of people don’t realize how challenging that job can be. Karla and Evan touched on this a little bit, but Alice was the model for how the job was done. Being quick and efficient while also spending time with the customer is not an easy balance to strike. People often come into the diner wanting a respite just as much as they want food. Alice knew that and it showed in her work.

If you want proof of the impact Alice made, just look at how our customers have responded. We started collecting donations this week to establish a college fund for Christopher. In only two days, we have already collected several thousand dollars. People love her.

She worked her way into all of our hearts and she will be missed by many.


(This is part 23 of 26 of the story What Happened to Alice. To see the full listing click here.)



  1. Caught up again after some vacation time… interesting how she gave those rats a fight. At least they’ve been IDed, and they’ll pay. I was afraid at first that there were no witnesses.

  2. Just finished reading through the whole series, from A to today’s W, looking for answers, maybe some clarity; which I found–but it just hooked me all the worse 😀 Why did she “attack” this dude Eddie? (Like Larry says, good that they’ve ID’d them and, presumably, either have them in custody or will soon.) And what’s all this about Alice’s high-school days, these “bad decisions” her mom spoke about? Could the two be tied together? Hmmmm…

    (Thanks for the visits over at Quiet Laughter — love that you’re enjoying my posts 🙂 )

  3. Not all people can do 2 things with dedication at one time. I could sense Alice had a noble purpose in mind for everything she does.

  4. She was a model citizen, model person, model all around, a fact that makes her death all the more heartbreaking. Yet, as I remember, she was violent, or maybe had no patience for anything less than humane. This brings her into focus to me, especially after having been able to enjoy your Alice posts at a good pace this month. A very interesting depiction of character.

  5. I live in a community that would do just that for someone. Although, finding someone truly like Alice, wouldn’t be easy.


    Heather M. Gardner
    Co-host: Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
    Blog: The Waiting is the Hardest Part [http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/]

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