Alice Webley Harris passed away peacefully on July 23, 2021 at the age of 66. She was born on March 24, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan to John and Catherine Flowers-Hayes.
After graduating college, she went on to earn her master’s degree in nursing. This led to a successful career as a nursing educator in Grand Rapids and in 2004, Alice moved to Virginia Beach to become the clinical manager for the rehabilitation unit of the largest healthcare systems in the state of Virginia.
Alice was a faithful and dedicated member of St. Phillip Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids and served in several leadership roles in the Diocese of Western Michigan.
She was a lifetime member of The Union of Black Episcopalians and in 1989, Alice was a founding member of the Bishop John Burgess chapter of UBE in the Diocese of Western Michigan and the UBE Midwest regional director and national secretary. She was also a representative of the Diocese as a Deputy to the Episcopal Church General Convention on two occasions and appointed to serve on the Ecumenical Relations Committee of the Executive Council.
After moving to Virginia Beach in 2004, Alice continued her work in the church, National Nurses Association and advancement in her personal career She was instrumental in the reorganizing of the Southern Virginia Chapter UBE and lead the effort to have James Solomon added to the Holy Men & Holy Women Book of Commemoration and became co-publisher of the online version of Holy Men & Holy Women daily readings and meditations. Alice served as a board member of the Episcopal Women’s History Report and was an avid photographer.
She was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach where she served on the vestry, altar guild, and past senior warden. Over the years, Alice found herself in even more leadership positions, this time in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. She served in the standing committee and appointed as a Diocesan Trustee. She was a part of “Repairers of the Beach” addressing racism and reconciliation. At the time of her passing, she was deeply involved in the Mental Health Ministry of the Diocese as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in support of first responders, healthcare, and church workers.
She is survived by her husband John E. Harris, Jr.; sons Ajene (Kim) Webley and Joel (Julia) Webley; siblings Bruce (Sandy) Nuelken, Karen Brown, John (Yolanda) Hayes, Daniel (Naomi) Hayes; seven grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 4, 2021. Visitation will begin at 10am and the service will begin at 11:00am at All Saints Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A reception will follow at 1:00pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5033 Rouse Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462. Memorial donations to honor Alice Webely’s memory can be sent to the Diocese of Southern Virginia in Newport News with an earmark of Mental Health Ministry.
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Time: 11:00 am
All Saints Episcopal Church
Visitation at 10am at All Saints’ Episcopal Church followed by service at 11am. Reception will be held after at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5033 Rouse Dr. Virginia Beach, Virginia at 1:00pm
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