"Alice always had a smile to share, and she showed her tremendous heart to everyone she met. As a teacher she gave so much caring attention and encouragement to every student, and inspired everyone she worked with. She was a uniquely bright and naturally giving person who can never be replaced in this world."
- Christopher Eck
Alice worked with all the Dynamic Music Studios owners at West Music.
She always had a smile to share and was a wonderful teacher and friend.
Alice was born on July 24, 1946 in Iowa City, the daughter of Delmar and Goldie (Miller) Bender.
Alice received her B.A. in vocal music from Goshen College. She taught vocal music, worked as a children’s librarian, and then taught piano to many beloved students at West Music for many years. Alice loved nature. She worked at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center in Wolf Lake, Indiana for many years; Alice taught groups of children about insects, birds, maple syrup gathering, swamps, trees, flowers and all nature in general. She treasured those years. She loved the woods and often took long walks in them, surrounded by nature.
Alice was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved her family and friends deeply. She loved reading, especially children's literature. She loved going to The Java House and was great friends with the baristas there, as well as other friends she met there.
From the Manifesto she wrote in 2015, “she loved dogs, friendly people, children, babies, smiles, clouds, blue skies, stormy skies, trees, flowers, grass, making bouquets, good authors, good books, seeing beauty in small things and the grandeur of large things like sunsets and sunrises, songs of childhood, cicadas, spring peepers, holidays, and when people say, “I love you.”
She loved music of all kinds, playing piano, playing French horn, and singing. She loved concerts, plays, musicals, dance and all of the arts.