Alice F. Blaylock (Pittman)
On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Alice Faye Blaylock was reunited in death with “the love of her life” husband, James Rodney Blaylock, whom she married April 23, 1981.
Alice was born on August 22, 1953, in Harlingen Texas, daughter of James (Jean) Pittman and the late Ethel Faye Terreault.
Before settling in the Hampton Roads area in 1996, she resided in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Arizona. She was a dedicated employee at Walmart in Newport News for the past 12 years.
Her greatest blessings called her “Grandma Ali.” Her life’s treasures weren’t kept in a jewelry box or bank account. She cherished Sunday phone calls with Dad, pictures of family that covered the walls, artwork that hung on the fridge, the beautiful hand-made mementos from her husband, and the trinkets that filled the shelves.
Her husband, her children, and her grandbabies “were her life.” She never met a stranger. She loved Jesus, honored the military, enjoyed ceramics, puzzles, Days of Our Lives, the VA lottery, and bingo.
In addition to her father and step-mother Jean, Alice is survived by her four children: Melissa (Rob) Bloomberg, Melinda Hayes, Margaret (Kyle) Sheridan, and John Murphy; seven grandchildren, Alexis, Lauren, Jenna, Abby, Carter, Samantha, and Ryan; sister,Janie (Dal) Ellington; half-sisters, Darlene and Dawn Terreault; step-brothers, Phillip Taylor, Don Taylor, and Keith (Sandy) Taylor; step-sister, Michelle (Don); many, many nieces and nephews; and family friend, Dave Baumgartner.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her mother, and step-sister, Sharon Lucido (Taylor).
Mom was only 63 when she passed away. It’s hard to say goodbye. We wish we had more time or had spent more of it together. While we know she is at peace and that her struggles are at an end, there is pain and sadness.
Although we wish things could have been different for her and for us, God has a plan. Her strength, perseverance, and life’s trials taught us valuable lessons: Love unconditionally; love your family with all your heart and let them know, the best way you know how, that you love them. There is peace in forgiveness; forgive others, but more importantly forgive yourself. Pray faithfully, be thankful to God, and don’t let the distractions of the world let you lose sight of what is truly important.
The family would like to say a special thank you to longtime family friend “Big Dave” for caring for Mom all these years. You will ALWAYS be family.
Per Alice’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. A private viewing was held for immediate family. She was laid to rest at Parklawn Memorial Cemetery in Hampton, VA.
Memorial contributions in Alice’s memory can be made to The Costello Syndrome Family Network, 1702 Tyndall Drive, Panama City, FL 32401, in honor of her granddaughter, Abigail Bloomberg.