The matriarch of our family, beloved, mother of 3 daughters, grandmother of 6, great grandmother of 18, sister-in-law and aunt, led a rich and wonderful life, passed away on Saturday July 2, 2022. She was born Alice Mae Howland on October 15, 1929 in Cranston, Rhode Island. A farm girl from Tucker Road in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Alice graduated from Mount Auburn Nursing School in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a Registered Nurse (RN) degree. After graduating she bought her first new car a 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible which she drove across country to California twice and to Florida She moved to Manhattan and worked at New York Hospital as an Operating Room (OR) nurse. She married Richard Kincaid Sands on January 14, 1956 in Mount Vernon, New York and honeymooned in Mont-Tremblant, Canada.
Alice raised her 3 daughters; Debra Kincaid Sands, Kimberly Howland Sands Nugent, Jacqueline Paige Sands in Mamaroneck New York. A Mamaroneck resident for 55 years. In the late 1960's she went back to nursing at United Hospital in Port Chester, New York. Through her nursing career she made lifelong friendships. She loved to weekend at her Vermont ski home and have backyard clambakes. She was a world traveler, avid reader and love to reminisce. She instilled her love of travel, education and reading in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never missed being a spectator at her children's or grandchildren's sporting events. She took the whole family to a Broadway Show. She also took the whole family on a trip to Costa Rica in July 1999.
Alice leaves behind her sister-in-law Margot Sands Myers, niece Terry Lee Myers both of Lodi Wisconsin, two nephews Harry and Dennis Grimm, her daughters Debra of Nokomis Florida, Kimberly of Carmel New York, and Jacqueline of Princeton, New Jersey, her grandkids, Matthew Michalovsky (Meghan) of CO, Brendan Nugent (Jenny) of CA, Tyler Nugent (Amanda) of CT, Ashley Codd (Matthew) of MA, Griffin Nugent (Kristina) of NY and Connor Nugent (Frankie) of CT and 18 great grandkids William(CO), Addie(CA), Skylar (NY), Logan (CT), Ana (CO), Declan (CA), Emmett (NY), Gavin (CT), Maelie (CA), Sadie (MA), Landon (NY), Carter (CT), Sawyer (CT) Nolan (CA), Molly (CT), Gemma (MA), Seamus (CT) and Caroline (CT).
We give special thanks to her caregivers, Jennifer Reilly-Connan, Tammy Corna, Stephanie O'Connor, Kristina Douglas, April Jean-Louis and Yasoda O'Neal who cared for her with kindness and compassion during her final years. Thank you to Tidewell Hospice and the Springs at Lake Pointe Woods, Sarasota Florida.
In lieu of flowers and those who wish, donations can be made in her memory/honor to The Association of peri Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) https://foundation.aorn.org/aorn-foundation-donation/.
Celebration of her life and arrangements at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home July 16th from 10AM - 12PM