Alice Joy Nitschman

Alice Joy Nitschman (Henninger)

Wednesday, November 29th, 1933 - Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
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On 29 November 1933 Alice Nitschman was born as Alice Joy Henninger to Leslie and Alice Maedell in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Eighty seven years later, sometime during the hours before sunrise of 09 February 2021 she passed into the presence of her trusted Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Between those two dates Alice lived a life full of love and grace for those around her.

She is preceded in death by her parents Leslie and Alice Maedell Henninger, her two sisters Jeannie Donceel and Lesslie Roberts and two husbands David Underwood and Edward Nitschman.

Alice is survived by her children, David Underwood, his wife Susan Underwood, Denise Davis, wife of the late Dr. Scott Davis, Amy Bear and her husband Harvey Bear. She has six Grandchildren, Phillip Davis, Kathryn Harbin, Lesslie Chapa, Mary Ashley Twitty, Matthew Chapa and Charlie Davis, nine great grandchildren with one on the way.

Living most of her life in Houston, she faithfully pointed her children to Jesus Christ. Alice spent years studying the Bible even learning Hebrew so that she could more fully and accurately understand the scriptures. Many more years were spent reading and meditating on the the writings of Elizabeth Elliott, Amy Carmichael and many others.

She had a distinct gift for memorization which frequently gave rise to long quotations of Amy Carmichael. Alice was devoted to her family and wrote numerous poems using her children and grandchildren as subjects.

Known to her grandchildren as “Grammy”, she was generous to a fault and took great pleasure in indulging her “little ones”. A wonderful cook and hostess, she loved entertaining her family and friends. Alice possessed a bright smile and outgoing personality. She will be missed by all who knew her.
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Velva Fallin

Posted at 05:54pm
About ten years ago, after my mother passed away, one Sunday morning I entered a large church sanctuary and, reluctant to sit alone, I sat near a sweet looking elderly lady. She smiled, we talked and I felt so welcome that I continued to sit with Alice Sunday after Sunday. She introduced me to her family, Amy and Harvey Bear, and their children. I enjoyed lunches, birthdays, and church events with Alice and her family. I heard recently that she was always so friendly, especially to “newcomers,” and I’m so thrilled to have been one of her “strays” that she adopted into her family. I thank God for her kind and accepting character, and hope I can be as warm a light for Christ as Alice was, even in her advancing years.

Amy Underwood Bear Posted at 05:14pm

Thanks for sharing this sweet remembrance, Velva. I liked hearing about how you and mom met. So glad we’re friends now too!

Neysa Briggs

Posted at 01:09pm
Dear sweet Alice was such a wonderful treasure in this world. Her foundation was built on the Rock of Jesus and you knew that from the moment you met her. What a grand lady! And what a grand time she is experiencing now as she’s entered into perfection and total peace.

Tommy & Kathy Watt

Posted at 06:43pm
David, Denise and Amy...such a loss for you and your families. A tree grows for your mom with our deep sympathy and heartfelt love and memories.
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Mona Harman

Posted at 06:41pm
Alice Joy was so loved!! Once when she was visiting us in Oklahoma City, my daughter Aleya - who was probably 6 or 7 at the time - kept admiring the scarf she was wearing. Not long after afterwards, Alice Joy sent her two pretty scarfs for her own. Aleya loved them so much! She has one and she gave one to me. I have it hanging prominently on a hook in my closet. I see it every morning and it makes me think of her. It makes me happy and reminds me that she is the type of person I want to be.

Carrie Boyd

Posted at 04:45pm
February 17, 2021 - Memories of Alice Joy
Growing up my mother told me many many precious memories of her cousin Alice Joy and their family. I have my own as well. It has taken me the past few days sifting through them and deciding which ones to share. I hope you find comfort while reading the ones I have chosen. Just as I have found comfort in writing them.

Amy and I, are second cousins and were born only 9 days apart. Our mothers, Alice Joy and Carolyn are first cousins and grew up next door to each other. Their mothers, Maedell and Dorothy were sisters.

Dorothy Louise and Alice “Maedell’s” parents were Williber “Will” and Ora Loving. They lived together along with an older sister Maxie in Ada, OK. Sadly Maxie passed away when she was still quite young, shortly after getting married. It was a truly tragic love story. Later Maedell married her high school sweetheart Leslie Henninger and a few days later they set up house together in Ada. There is another young love story within that last sentence.

Will worked for the Frisco Railroad and was transferred to OKC. He built a house there and moved Ora and Dorothy as soon as possible. Not long afterwards Leslie and Maedell built a house right next door and moved from Ada. Dorothy grew up and married Louis Henry Cook. But rather than set up their own house he moved in with Dorothy and her parents!

Now that is one very close knit and loving family! I’m sure they each had their troubles living so close to each other, but I honestly never heard of any. I did however hear many stories of how their strong Faith in God, the power of Prayer, and their unwavering Love for each other made their family bonds grow very strong. Strong enough to withstand the test of time and the many aspects of life.

Their Faith and Love of family has been passed down to their children, then their children’s children and on down. It is currently being shown and taught to the 5th generation of children. I am truly blessed and honored to be a member of this very special family.

Before long the family started to grow. First Leslie and Maedell had a daughter Betty Jean, also called Jeannie. A few years later they were blessed with another daughter and named her “Alice Joy”. Not “Alice” and not “Joy” but always “Alice Joy”. What a lovely and unique name that fits her perfectly. The sisters affectionately called their Grandparents and Aunt who lived next door “Mammaw”, “Papa” and “Aunt Dot.”

Alice Joy was 7 years old when Louis and Aunt Dot had a daughter of their own they named Carolyn June. They brought her home to live with them and her Grandparents and her Aunt, Uncle and cousins next door.

Alice Joy was thrilled and loved Carolyn dearly. And Carolyn loved Alice Joy just as much. The picture of Alice Joy holding the girl is my mother Carolyn.

When my mother began speaking she called her Aunt Maedell simply “Auntie”. And that is what me and my sisters called her as well. It is not pronounced the way a person from the Deep South says it but like the word “ain’t” with an “ie” sound on the end. A special name for a special woman.
Alice Joy and Carolyn loved to play school. Alice Joy was always the teacher and she taught my mother many things. Which I’m sure gave my mother a head start in school. My mother said Alice Joy was a wonderful teacher. She explained things very well and was always very patient with her. Amy told me the other day that her mother shared the same memory with her. It makes this shared memory extra special.

A little tidbit memory is Alice Joy continuing to teach Carolyn when she was a young teen. Alice Joy sent off for a MENSA test and had my mother take it. I believe Alice Joy took it as well and they both passed!

Carolyn contracted Polio at the age of 9. She was sent home from school with a fever that only got worse and made her feel extremely ill. When they took her to the hospital later that day Alice Joy went with them and she carried my mother inside. Envisioning that scene is so touching. Thankfully none of the other children caught it.

14 years after Alice Joy was born Auntie and Uncle Leslie had a surprise bundle of joy they named Lesslie Kay. And not long after Aunt Dot and Uncle Lewis also had another daughter they named Sherry Ann. These two girls would be the last ones of their generation. And the last of the cousins to grow up living right next door to each other.

Lesslie Kay gave her big sister the nickname Coy. I can still almost hear Lesslie Kay calling for Coy at family get togethers. I love all the endearing nicknames our family has given each other. The tradition of nicknames has continued in my family. How about everyone else’s?
Lesslie Kay and my Aunt Sherry were also good friends and playmates. However, they were polar opposites of there older sisters. There are many stories of the antics Lesslie Kay and Aunt Sherry got themselves into! Some of them were quite spectacular!

All to soon the house Papa built became too small to accommodate 4 adults and 2 growing girls. So Aunt Dot, Uncle Lewis, Carolyn and Sherry moved to another house not far away. It was the beginning of the end of a special era in our family history. Even though the family still continued to visit each other regularly the tight bonds that tied them together began to stretch.

Sadly my great grandfather Papa passed away. And it affected each person in the family deeply. They all had dearly loved the quiet, mild mannered, good natured and loving patriarch of the family. His passing left a huge hole in the family and each of their lives. Just as Alice Joys passing has left a hole as well. She will be greatly missed.
The family picked up their broken hearts and life continued. Before long the cousins started leaving home one by one. Each forging their own path completely alone. Some went on to college. Others chose to start working right after high school. Each of them fell in love and got married. In time the next generation of children started being born. Some chose to be working mothers while others chose to be stay at home Mom’s. Some stayed close to family in OK while others moved to different states across the country.

Eventually the only ones left in the houses that sat side by side were Mammaw alone in hers and Auntie and Uncle Leslie alone in theirs. But each home was brimming with memories to keep them company. Those who had left made sure to follow their path back home as often as possible bringing along new family members. Those were happy times and celebrated by all.

My grandmother Aunt Dot, whom me and my sisters called Grangaw worked but was always there if Mammaw or her sister need her. My mother Carolyn was the only cousin who didn’t work and lived close by. She visited Mammaw and Auntie quite often and brought along me and my sisters. I have many wonderful memories of Mammaw and Auntie when I was growing up. I can still picture them and each of their houses. Inside and out. But I never could quite figure out how everyone fit in Mammaw and Papa’s house without stepping on each other’s toes. It was only 400 square feet! They later enclosed the back porch making it into another kitchen for Aunt Dot to use. The family no longer owns the houses, but they are still standing strong and being lived in today! I sometimes drive by with my daughter Erin just to check on them and continuing passing down the memories of her family.

When my sisters and I got to Mammaws we would jump out of the car and run to find her and give her a hug. Sometimes she even had a fresh tea cake ready to give us. Every single person in the family loved Mammaws delicious teacakes. They were unlike any other cookie I have ever tasted. I have never seen another recipe like it. Some members of the family continued to make them for their kids. My mother made them often and she taught me how. I still make them for almost every family gathering. I have many happy memories of teaching my daughter how to make them. I hope my cousins are continuing to make them as well.
My very first memory of Alice Joy happened when I was about 5 years old. After we chatted with Mammaw a bit and finished our teacake we would run next door to see Auntie. One time I was in the lead running over to Aunties. I ran up her back steps and into the kitchen. I was already calling out “Hi Auntie”. Then when I stopped to look at her and it wasn’t Auntie!

It was a beautiful woman who was all dressed up in fancy clothes and heels with perfectly styled hair and makeup just like my Grandmother! The only other person I knew who looked like that. I don’t remember anything after that point. For the rest of my life I thought my grandmother and Alice Joy were the classiest, most gracious and most refined women I ever knew. They just had a special air about them that is hard to explain. It wasn’t uppity or anything like that. I know, if you knew them, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I always found it interesting that Alice Joy was so much like my grandmother her Aunt Dot. They never left the house without looking impeccable, they wore very stylish high-end clothes and kept their hair and makeup looking fresh and perfect. They were fun loving, adventurous, traveled a lot, loved to shop, had many friends and weren’t content to just stay home.
It was also interesting that my mother Carolyn was so much like Auntie. They always looked nice but weren’t too concerned about their clothes, hair or makeup. They were more reserved and quieter. Everyone who knew them loved them, but they preferred the company of family or just a few close friends. Both of them enjoyed staying home most of the time.

Alice Joy and Dave had Amy a good many years after David and Denise. Every summer Amy would come to OKC by herself to spend time with her grandparents Auntie and Uncle Lesslie. I looked forward to her coming every year so we could play together along with my sister Mona. I distinctly remember her bringing a Sesame Record one year and use singing along with it as loud as we could. Another year when we were in grade school she came out to our acreage and I had fun showing her around and messing with the calves or pigs. I can’t recall which we had at the time. Then playing in the back pasture by the creek. We always had a great time together and I cherish those memories!

When we were teenagers my mother took us to the brand new water park White Water! We had so much fun!! Even though I was a small town farm girl and she was from the big city, we were a lot alike. Even though we stopped seeing each other every summer we kept in touch and saw each other every so often. Our relationship was one of the where no matter how long it had been without seeing or talking to each other we could start right off where we left off. Those kinds of friendships are priceless. Our family roots ran deep and kept us bound together like nothing else could.

The summer after my sophomore year in college I was having a rough time. When talking with Amy about things she invited me down to Houston to stay with her. Lesslie was only a toddler and Mathew just a few months old. I knew she was really busy and I had a job so I almost didn’t go. But I was desperate to just get away and visiting Amy sounded like the perfect thing to do. So I made plans and after a tense discussion with my mother about her fear of me flying, I was on a bus headed to Houston! The bus ride was quite an experience and I was so relieved to see Amy and her Dad when I got off. I can’t remember all that we did but I will always remember and cherish the love and comfort Amy gave me that week. For the first time in ages I was able to relax and forget all my troubles. I loved playing with Lesslie and holding Mathew. Amy is so easy to be around and talk to just like her mother. I never felt uneasy or any pressure to say or do anything. Amy accepted me just the way I was and let me just be. It was exactly what I needed at just the right time and I will forever be grateful for that week. Thank you again Amy.

We also spent a good bit of time with Alice Joy that week and I felt the same in her presence as I did with Amy. A sense of peace and calmness just seemed to emanate from them. Even when we were doing things, going places, with lots of people around I could still feel their peace and calmness. One evening we went over to Denise’s. Me, Amy, Alice Joy, Dave, and Denise just sat in the backyard watching Lesslie and Phillip play in the kiddie pool while I held Mathew. It was so wonderful just being around them.

That’s what I meant about the air Alice Joy and my grandmother had as well as Amy. They weren’t putting on aires in a negative way, as they weren’t actually doing anything. It was just how you felt when you were around them. Without them saying a word you just knew they accepted you just the way you are and didn’t expect anything from you. You could talk and they would listen or you could not talk and they would still listen. After that week I have always tried to be just like them and make every person I’m around or meet feel just like they made me feel. Accepted, at peace, safe and secure no matter who or what they may be and willing to help them however I can. I have failed miserably at times but I’m still trying.

The last time I saw Alice Joy was at my grandparents house after I was married. I took the picture of Alice Joy, Lesslie, Aunt Dot and Caroline sitting together at Aunt Dot’s kitchen table. I had been sitting with them but got up to get something. When I came back and saw them I was suddenly aware of how blessed I was to have each one of them in my life. And how dearly I loved them. So I grabbed the camera and took the photo. I shared the photo with them and I think we all cherished it.

I know everyone is heartbroken right now. I hope what I’ve written will bring you at least a little it of comfort. I firmly believe when Alice Joy took her last breath on earth she was joyously welcomed with loving arms first by her Heavenly Father first and then by her family and friends! She is healed, happy, and at peace. One day she will joyously welcome and wrap her loving arms around each of us. Like the old hymn says, “Oh What a Day That Will Be”
I will continue to pray for you as you struggle through the difficult days ahead without Alice Joy, your mother, grandmother, cousin or friend. Much Love, Carrie Owens Boyd

If any of you would like to swap stories of this wonderful family or have a question about what I have shared please don’t hesitate to contact me! If I don’t know the answer I can ask my mother. She and I both I love talking about our family history. My email is:
I am going to submit several pictures you may not have seen before.
One is of Mammaw her longtime friend Foster standing behind Alice Joy, Foster’s granddaughter Irene and Jeannie.

The ones at the beach were taken in Galveston around 1955. Uncle Lesslie had taken Auntie down there to take care of the grandchildren when Jeannie had surgery. Aunt Dot, Alice Joy, her son David, Caroline, Lesslie Kay and Sherry all came as well! And are in the photos. You call tell who is who except for Lesslie Kay and Aunt Sherry. Lesslie Kay wore a swim cap in some and had on the bathing suit with a white top and dark bottom.
There is also of photo of me sitting next to my mother holding Mona with Amy sitting on the floor in front of me and by Shelley.
And lastly the photo of 4 truly beautiful women.
I am going to stop now and submit what I have written as I’ve been trying to make it perfect for many, many hours. Please forgive any mistakes.


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