In 1899, William Richard Stacey and Victory Josephine (Sammons) Stacy welcomed wonderful bundle of joy into their happy family. This bundle of joy was Alice. Alice was born in the small town of Franklin, TX. Nestled amidst the beautiful piney woods of East Texas.
Alice spent her early years in an area near between Burnett and Llano called Oatmeal. They later moved about 18 miles outside of Ballinger. Alice's daughter, Evanel, recalls her mother telling of long wagon rides to Ballinger to shop for supplies. This was also considered a social event. Families stayed all night in the "wagon yard" and socialized prior to their shopping day.
Alice was lucky in that there was a school in Ballinger. The practice in those days was that a teacher came to live with a family in the area while they taught school. There was only one teacher for the entire school. The cotton crops also played a big part in the school schedule. School was dismissed when the cotton crops were ready to be picked.
Through the years, the Stacys became very good friends with the Whitley family. They were so close that they even moved to Ballinger together. As time went on, two members of these families became very interested in each other; Alice and Noel. At the age of 18, Alice and Noel "Jackson" Whitley (age 21) married.
Soon after their marriage, the couple and both of their families moved to Arkansas by wagon. During this long journey, the family's farm animals were transported by train. One of Alice's brothers even had to travel with the animals to ensure their safety. Once the families arrived in Arkansas, they quickly found that farming was not as profitable as they had hoped. Everything grew there and there was such an abundance that no one would buy their products. The decision was made to move back to Ballinger.
Once back in Ballinger, the newly weds of 6 months were separated by war. World War I sent Noel to the battlefields of Germany. He relayed many stories to Alice about hearing the gunfire at the front. Even after armistice was declared, Noel had to stay in Germany an additional year in the Army of Occupation.
Life was difficult during the time that Noel was away. Alice took on the duties of raising her younger brother and had additional concerns about the current flu epidemic. Evanel recalls her mother telling about the massive Flu Epidemic of 1918. She told of whole families dying around them. Luckily, her family was spared.
Once Noel returned from the war. The couple moved south of Odessa. There he farmed and later worked in the oilfields. Alice maintained her duties as a housewife and became a wonderful mother of 2 children. She always kept her family active in the Baptist church. She was a great cook and loved to crochet and garden. Her rose garden was her pride and joy.
She always loved a leisurely walk. This may have been the reason for her never learning to drive a car. Evanel says "the kids learned to drive at an early age because mother was afraid to drive. Even after Noel passed away in 1963, people around the town of Ozona still drove her around."
Alice continued to enjoy long walks and lived on her own until age 91. She later moved to a nursing facility in 1994. Today Alice enjoys visits from numerous family members who love and cherish her.