WALTERBORO, S.C. -Alice Lillian Gonyea Johnson McColgan, 87, of Walterboro, entered into her eternal rest at 7:30 Sunday evening, Sept. 25, 2011, while in the care of Heritage Health Care in Walterboro, S.C., after a lengthy illness. She was born on Feb. 1, 1924, in Lake Placid, and was the daughter of Julius and Emily Kennedy Gonyea.
She dedicated not only much of her life to the benefit of others through her actions, devotions and prayers, but while at Sunmount in Tupper Lake, N.Y., she dedicated her career to children, making her name always remembered by those who were served by a program she was instrumental in founding. She was the retired director of the New York Foster Grandparent-Senior Companion program at Sunmount, where she was devoted even after retirement. She retired in 1984, later moving to Florida before making South Carolina her home in 1991. Before leaving Saranac Lake, Ms. Alice's home church, which was the foundation of her steadfast, devout faith, was St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, which she always held close to her heart. At St. Bernard's Church, she was a member of the Catholic Daughters as well as the Altar-Rosary Society. She was honored as the 1980 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Queen.
She is survived by her daughters: Beverly Pickreign and Carol DeFuria, both of Saranac Lake, Jessie Jones, of Woodlands, Texas and Mary Beth Miley and her husband Bobby of Walterboro, S.C. There are eight grandchildren: Sue Amell (Bryan) of Saranac Lake, Kenneth Pickreign of Tupper Lake, Jeffrey Pickreign of Saranac Lake, Tracy DeFuria-Mauler of Saranac Lake, Michael DeFuria (Holley) of Mechanicville, Adam (Nadia) Jones of Portland, Ore., and Wesley and Jacob Beach both of Walterboro; as well as her great-grandchildren: Chad and Christine Amell, Jonathan Pickreign, Seth Pickreign, Jonathan and Ashley Mauler, Courtney Youngs (Jaydan) and Travis DeFuria.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a former husband, Carl A. Johnson; her son, C. Anthony "Tony" Johnson Jr.; six brothers: Fabian, Julius, David, Carl, Wesley and Halsey; and three sisters: Jesslyn Banker, Marion Shelters and Viola Watson.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church, 925 South Jeffries Blvd., Walterboro. The final commendation and farewell will follow at Glendale Memorial Chapel Mausoleum prior to entombment, giving her rest near her beloved son Tony.
For those who so desire, memorial messages and thoughts of condolence as well as stories and memories of Alice may be shared with others and placed in the online tribute for her family's comfort at www.briceherndonfuneralhomes.com.
Floral tributes will be accepted, or for those that wish, a memorial contribution may be directed in her memory to help preserve, maintain and grow a place she found much solace and spent many prayerful hours during her life: St. Anthony Church, 925 South Jeffries Blvd., Walterboro, S.C. 29488.
Family and friends were invited to participate in reciting the prayers during a rosary service Sept. 30 and then to services at the Bruce W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes, Walterboro Chapel, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro.