Alice McKone, 91, of Dover passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at the Dover Place Assisted Living Center with her loving family by her side. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend and many will be remembered and loved.
Born May 17, 1930 in Billerica, Mass., She was the youngest child of the late David Cyril and Catherine Elizabeth (White) Martin. She moved to Lowell, Mass. At a young age where she attended Lowell Schools, graduating from Lowell High School. During her teenage years, she was proud to win the community tennis championship while playing on the boys’ team! She worked as a secretary with the Raytheon Company for many years before her marriage in 1955. She was the beloved wife of Thomas J. McKone and was married for 48 years before her husband’s death in August 2004. She lived in New Hampshire and Connecticut before moving to Dover in 1957. Although she called Delaware her home, she never lost her famous New England accent.
She was a dedicated housewife and reveled in raising her five children. She was involved in all of their activities and was always on the sidelines to encourage them.
Her strong Catholic faith guided her and she was an active member of the Church of the Holy Cross in Dover where she enjoyed attending daily mass and serving others. She has served as a Eucharistic minister, taught RCIA courses, made hospital visits, and was a member and past president of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality.
As an avid tennis player, she enjoyed playing the game until she was 70 and tried never to miss watching Wimbledon or the US Open. She loved spending time with her family, loved traveling, and baked the best chocolate chip cookies.
Alice is survived by her five children: Mary Moor of Smyrna, Michael McKone and his wife Sue of Dagsboro, Thomas McKone and his wife Liz of Raleigh, North Carolina, Eileen Gsell of Virginia Beach, V., and Frances Dorsey of Reynoldsburg , Ohio. Her eight grandchildren also survive her: Erin Smith and her husband Matt of Richmond, Va., Brennan McKone and his wife Lara of Dover, Megan McKone of Raleigh, Jenna McKone of Richmond, Kathryn Gsell of Dover, Matthew Gsell of Claymont, Rachel Dorsey of Reynoldsburg and Bridgett Dorsey of Reynoldsburg; and his three great-grandsons – Liam, Breccan and Aiden. In addition, she is survived by several nieces and nephews, whom she all cherished.
She is predeceased by her parents, husband Tom, son-in-law Rick Moor and siblings Francis Martin, David Martin and Helen Hanlon.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the wonderful and caring staff at Dover Place for all they have done to support Alice over her later years. Thank you also to the staff of Season’s Hospice for their kind and compassionate care over the past few months.
A visit is scheduled for Monday, September 20, 5-7 p.m. at Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director Inc., 1175 S. State St., Dover. A Christian Burial Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 21 at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 631 S. State St., Dover. Interment will follow in the Sainte-Croix cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Holy Cross Samaritan, 631 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.

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