Alice W. Isaacs


Alice Willis Isaacs, a resident of Medford for more than 75 years and beloved wife of the late Walter A. Isaacs, died at the Glen Ridge Nursing Center in Medford on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. She was 100 years old.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 8, 1911, she was the beloved daughter of the late Lee R. and Lillian R. (Hogan) Willis.

Mrs. Isaacs was a graduate of Cambridge High & Latin and worked as a Clerk at Medford City Hall for many years. Alice was an avid reader and in her spare time also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She volunteered her knitting skill set to the Guideposts Magazine Knit for Kids International Sweater Program — donating her hand-knitted and crocheted sweaters to children around the globe.

She was an active member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in West Medford. She served as assistant superintendent, teacher and pianist of the church’s Sunday school. She was also a member of the Queen Esther Circle and the West Medford Community Senior Center.

Alice and her husband, Walter, had been homeowners and summer residents at 115 Dukes County Road in Oak Bluffs. While there, they attended the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven. She dearly loved spending time on the Island at the Isaacs family cottage.

Mrs. Isaacs had been a long-time member of the American Baptist Women. She also was a former member of the Tufts University History Project of African-Americans.

She will be sorely missed by her loving daughter and son, Cynthia M. Isaacs of Medford and Walter L. and his wife, Jayne C. Isaacs, of Danbury, Conn. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Miles D. Thrash (West Medford), Steven Thrash (West Medford), Leslie E. Isaacs McCoy (Atlanta, Ga.), Peter H. Isaacs (Templeton), Emory L. Isaacs (Waterbury, Conn.), Garrett D. Isaacs (Danbury, Conn.), Aaron W. Isaacs (West Hartford, Conn.) and Mahlori B. Isaacs (Bethesda, Md.); seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws Evelyn Isaacs and Marie Isaacs and numerous nieces and nephews. Alice was also the devoted sister of the late George E. Willis.

Her funeral service was celebrated in Medford on October 20, followed by interment in Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alice’s memory may be made to the West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington Street, West Medford, MA 02155. For additional information, please visit,