FALMOUTH — Alice “Allie” Potts Wallis, 81, died Oct. 5 at her home in OceanView at Falmouth, surrounded by her family.
Born April 30, 1933, in New York City, she and her parents, sister Nancy and brother Fred later settled in Philadelphia.
Her love of learning flourished while in high school at Westover School, where he headed the student government, and later while she attended Radcliffe College. Learning and service to others were pillars of her life, and led to her vocation and passion for nursing. She became a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and then a visiting nurse.
She married George Wallis in 1957, and the couple raised three children, Philip, David and Nancy. The family moved back and forth between Philadelphia and Bedford, New York, but finally settled in Freeport.
Family and friends were always paramount in Wallis’s life, but her interests also included reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, needlepoint and her treasured Tate’s cookies and chocolate. She touched others’ lives in many roles, from serving as president of St. Mary’s Garden Club, to her active membership as an altar guild at St. Bartholomew’s Church, to her loyal trusteeship at Westover School, to the nursing of others in hospice.
She is survived by her husband, George, and children Philip Wallis, David Wallis and Nancy Kittredge; six grandchildren; her sister, Nancy Masland, and her husband, Bill; and her sister-in-law, Karen Potts Reynolds.
A funeral was held Oct. 10 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, in Yarmouth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wallis’ memory to the Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.