January 30, 1935 - November 2, 2019
Alice Adams Tyler, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, sister, teacher and friend, passed away peacefully into the presence of her Savior on November 2, 2019. Alice was born January 30, 1935 in on a farm in Sanger, Texas to Clem and Jewel Sullivan, both of whom welcomed her into Heaven along with her first husband, Lee Adams, and brother, Elmo Clinton Sullivan. Growing up and being the third child of four, Alice knew love and family from a very early age. This constant affection and appreciation from her family enabled Alice to become a lady of infinite love for all who met her. She was accomplished at many things in life, but Alice considered her greatest achievement in being the best mother she could be to her daughter, Vicki. Alice was determined to give Vicki the best life and she never shied away from any opportunity to provide for herself and her daughter. She worked at Layl’s Café in Terrell where she met Lee Adams and married him recognizing that the Lord had given her a chance at not only love but a true partner in marriage as well. She and Lee were very happy together, raising Vicki and making many friends and memories. In 1985, Lee had a fall which paralyzed him. Never one to complain, Alice became his primary caretaker and her devotion to Lee until his passing in 1991 was exactly the type of Proverbs 31 wife that the Lord called her to be. She made sure that every day, Lee had all that he needed as they navigated the impacts his injuries had on day to day life. In addition to the dedication she showed to Lee, Alice made sure that her daughter had a daily example of striving to be the best you can by continuing to develop her skills at the things that interested her. She attended cosmetology school and then took a business course to further develop her clerical and administrative duties. After the business classes, Alice began her 15-year career in the insurance industry working at the Drew Nicholson Agency (later Van Meridith Insurance Agency) where she and her good friend, Betty Williams, kept the office humming along. After Vicki left for college, Alice had time to devote her energy to finally finishing her GED to attain entry into TVCC. After graduating from TVCC, Alice entered East Texas State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and was also awarded the distinction of Superior Academic Achievement. She then pursued, and attained, her Master’s degree in Education as a reading specialist. Being a teacher in the classroom was a true joy for Alice-her love and enthusiasm of knowledge combined with her signature style of learning in songs and dressing up in costumes made sure that every day her students could have fun while learning the building blocks of reading success! She taught in Terrell, then Mesquite, where for over 20 years she was instrumental in shaping every kindergartner student’s life. Alice found love again with Roland Tyler and in 1995, they were married. To Alice, there was no such thing as a blended family, only bonus family! Roland’s involvement with Gideon’s International introduced Alice to the Gideon’s Auxiliary where she was able to place the Word into many hands of those seeking salvation. The relationships made with her work in the Auxiliary became just one more bit of proof that God had placed Alice exactly where she needed to be with those who needed to be near her. Alice was a servant at heart and her involvement in both her church (early with First Baptist Church in Terrell then First Baptist in Forney with Roland) and her community was well known. She was generous to all who needed help and she exhibited every day the unconditional love that Jesus has for us. Her life was lived by the Lord’s words in Matthew 25:40 “… ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ and Alice DID for so many. Her ability to listen without judging, help without condemning, serve without arrogance made her the first person anyone could seek out to find encouragement and reassurance. Her life was a testimony that the valleys were never too deep or too dark and that the support of family, the love of friends and the solid foundation of God made ALL things possible. A legacy of fearlessness, strength and unwavering faith, Alice will be missed by every person whose life she touched. Those left to cherish her beautiful memory are her husband, Roland Tyler, of Forney; daughter and treasured son-in-law, Vicki LaBita and husband, Sam, of Katy, TX; grandchildren: Matthew LaBita and fiancée, Rebecca Hawkins, of Houston, TX, Christine LaBita of Houston, Michael LaBita and wife, Jennifer, of Katy; great grandchildren: Kateley LaBita, Grayson LaBita Webb and Hagen LaBita. Alice is also survived by Roland’s son, Tommy Tyler and wife, Shelia, of Hazelton, PA; grandchildren: Casey Tyler and wife, Xiomary, of Warner Robins, GA and Careston Benson and husband, Stanley, of Savannah, TN; great grandchildren: Jonxy, Eva, Rylee, Benley, Ryan, and Bailey; beloved sisters: Wanda Ruth Nichols of Port Lavaca, TX, Mary Nell Jackson of Rockwall, TX as well as many numerous nieces, nephews, countless cousins, and a host of loving friends. Funeral service will be at 11:00am, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Forney with interment to follow at Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00am to service time. The family asks that instead of flowers, memorials be made in honor of Alice's generous heart to the First Baptist Church of Forney Building Fund, ATTN: Higher Ground PO Box 97, Forney, TX, 75126 or to Gideons International Auxiliary, PO Box 323, Terrell, TX, 75160.
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