“It was beautiful as long as it lasted, the journey of my life.” Alice G. McBride, 103, of Williamsport, passed into the twelfth decade of her life on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at The Williamsport Home. She joined her loving husband of 69 years, Paul M. “Mick” McBride, who preceded her in death in 2005.
Born August 18, 1916 to the late Rev. Ben Hoffman and Jean (Miller) Hoffman in Keystone, where her father served several churches in the York and Perry Counties. Alice was the oldest of seven children and was like a second mother to the two boys and four girls, including a set of twins.
Alice was a 1934 graduate of William Penn High School in York and then joined her family in Williamsport when her father was sent here to serve several rural churches. While attending Dickinson Seminary (now Lycoming College), she met her beloved “Mick” when singing Christmas carols with a group from his church. She was an 85 year member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, serving as Superintendent of the Junior division of Sunday School. She was active in the United Methodist Women, served on many committees and helped many young brides plan their weddings. Alice treasured her many friendships, especially those at her church and at their cottage at Central Oak Heights.
Alice worked for the Williamsport School District, serving in the Administrative Offices and as a secretary at Jackson Elementary School. She was a past president of the Roosevelt PTA. She was proud to be a “Boy Scout wife” and a supporter of Troop 14 at her church. She also worked on the election board and polls. She loved to tell about seeing Babe Ruth hit a home run at a game with her father who pointed to the fence and yelled “There she goes!”
Surviving are her children, Saundra J. Blackburn (Edward) of Montoursville and Paul D. “Mick” McBride (Althea) of Williamsport, She has three grandsons, Martin D. Myers (Beth) of Los Angeles, CA, Matthew D. McBride of Charlotte, NC, and Jason McBride (Christina) of Kensington, MD. There are two step-grandchildren, Christopher Blackburn (Karen) and Tammy McEwen. Her three great-grandchildren, Brayden, Carter, and Vincent McBride, step-great-grandchildren, Danielle Campbell (Brendon), Scott Blackburn (Ashley), and Talia McEwen (Alex). Alice has a brother, Ben Hoffman, Jr. (Carole) of Williamsport and the twins: Dean Hoffman (Barbara) of Woolrich, and Jean Robb of Quarryville and many nieces and nephews who dearly loved their Aunt Alice.
In addition to her husband Alice was preceded in death by three sisters, Martha Martz, Anna Mae Haney, and Phyllis Yasui.
A memorial service to honor the life of Alice will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Alice’s name to St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St, Williamsport, PA 17701 or the James V. Brown Library, 19 E 4th St, Williamsport, PA 17701.
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