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Alyce Martin passed away peacefully on July 3rd, 2021, after 101 years of bringing light and joy to her family and friends.
Alyce was born in Syracuse, NY in 1920 and married her high school sweetheart, Bill Martin. Bill trained with the Air Force and served as a pilot in WWII. When he returned from war, they settled in Syracuse to raise their children, Dianne, William and Debra.
Alyce and Bill opened Westvale Gardens in 1953, and ran the business in Solvay for over 40 years. Then, their son, Bill, took over and owned it until his retirement last year.
In 1970, Alyce achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse and dedicated herself to the care of her patients. In addition to raising three children, owning a garden store, and working as a nurse, Alyce took every opportunity to pursue her hobbies: gardening, bridge, and antiquing.
Later in life, Alyce moved to The Legacy in Victor, NY to live closer to her daughter, Debra. She spent the last years of her life playing bridge with her friends, tending to her beloved violets, and enjoying time with her growing family.
Alyce is predeceased by her husband G. William Martin; parents, Howard and Christine O’Brien; sister, Jane Roth; and brother, Howard O’Brien, Jr. She is lovingly remembered by her sister, Helen (Richard) O’Connor; children, Dianne (David) Brownell, William (Karen) Martin, Debra (Douglas Merrill) Martin; grandchildren, P. Timothy (Kimberly) Brooks, Allyson (Charles) Miner, Jacqueline (John) Popkess, Michael (Heather) Martin, Rebecca Merrill, and Elizabeth (Kurtis Gruters) Merrill; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
A private service is planned but please consider planting a flower in your garden in her memory.