Alice E. Kinney

Sep 05, 2019
Alice Kinney

Topsham — Alice Elizabeth Smith was born July 6, 1926, at Potato Point, Marshfield, the eldest daughter of George Kenneth Smith Sr. and A. Genevieve O'Donnell Smith. She died at the age of 93 Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at home in Topsham.

Alice attended Machias schools and graduated from Bangor School of Commerce, now Husson University. She was deputy clerk of courts for Washington County before her marriage to Bruce J. Kinney Oct. 1, 1948, in Machias. They lived in South Paris and Dixfield before moving to Rockland in 1953, when Bruce was named superintendent of schools. Alice supported Bruce's career and raised five children in Rockland.

They moved into The Highlands, Topsham, in 2010, where she made lots of new friends. In 1972 Alice was reintroduced to business as a beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Her joy in creating win-win situations for women blossomed into a career as she pioneered sales and distribution of the product in Maine and Canada, mentoring women in her group, "Alice's Angels." She retired after 23 years, having attained the title executive national sales director.

After their retirements, Alice and Bruce enjoyed 16 years traveling the lower 48 states in their motor home, as well as visiting Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and taking European river cruises -- three with their whole family. She cherished family gatherings at their cabin on Chickawaukie Pond.

Alice leaves five children; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren: Carol (Stephen) Harris of Rockland; Susan (Steven Boileau) Kinney of Mansfield, Mass.; Kathleen (Clifford) Cleaver of Bokeelia, Fla. and Rockland; Jo (Loy) Linscott of Rockland; and David (Michelle) Kinney of Lincolnville Center; grandchildren Elizabeth (Kelly) Hoffman, Jennifer Harris, Max Boileau Kinney, Jana (David) Turco, Kyle Richardson, Bruce (Melissa) Cleaver, Sarah Cleaver, Danielle Linscott, Isabella and Maren Kinney; great-grandchildren William and James Turco, Adelaide and Winifred Hoffman.

She was predeceased by her parents, siblings Kathleen Ouellette and George K. Smith Jr., and Bruce, her husband of 63 years. The celebration of Alice's happy life will be held by family only, at Alice's request. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to may donate to Coastal Mountains Land Trust or the charity of their choice.

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