Alice Palmer Thomas Alice Palmer Thomas, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, dedicated teacher and attorney, gifted author and poet, and fearless defender of trees and animals passed peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, February 13, 2017. Alice credited her upbringing in rural Hancock, New Hampshire during the Depression, along with her close relationship with her father, a professor and headmaster, for her strong will and boundless love for learning. Her lifelong passion for the classroom earned her a B.A. in English in '51 from Stanford University, an M.A. and M.S.Ed. from Dominican College, and a J.D. from USF. Alice enjoyed writing poetry and short stories, and her reputation as a raconteur was legendary. She loved to entertain people with tales of her life, whether they were students at Terra Linda High School, inmates at San Quentin, or holiday dinner guests. Always a hard worker, Alice taught and practiced law for 40 years before retiring to her home atop a green foothill in Kentfield, meanwhile keeping her family's cottage in Hancock in museum condition. Throughout her life, Alice was guided by her faith, cherishing Christianity and the divinity of a natural environment. She spoke poetry to trees and wild creatures, and when it came to protecting her corner of paradise from encroachers, Alice did not hesitate to ride into battle. Alice is survived by four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A public memorial will be held in the chapel at the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael on Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite wildlife fund in Alice's memory.
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