Alice T. Edwards, age 98, died at the Adler Center for Caring in Aldie, VA on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The cause of death was complications from pneumonia.
Born May 7, 1919, in Bluemont, VA. to Robert Dillon (died 1929) and Virgie Trenary, Alice was the sole surviving sibling of 11 children. She attended schools in Philomont and Aldie, VA and graduated from High School in Washington, DC. In September 1940, Alice married Charles Wesley Edwards Sr. from Middleburg and they began married life in Arlington.
When Wesley entered the Army in 1942 Alice traveled with him while he was stationed in the U.S. and they lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Spokane and other cities in California until Wesley left for the Pacific Theater. Alice returned to Middleburg and lived there until the war ended and her husband returned. Wesley became a B and A Grocery partner in 1948 and sole proprietor in 1959. When he died in 1961 (age 44) Alice took over the daily operations of the B and A and thus began a 37-year career until the store closed in 1998. Known as Alice, Miss Alice, Mama, Mrs. Edwards and Big Alice (she ruled with a velvet fist) Alice knew and served most of the Virginia Hunt Country’s wealthy, famous, middle-class working and poor families treating all with respect and kindness. Two of her most notable customers were Jackie Kennedy and Liz Taylor. Children whom Alice waited on and talked to on a daily and weekly basis grew up, married and had children of their own and many of these children became the second generation of B and A customers.
Alice attended church in both Middleburg and Aldie and was an active member of the entire Western Loudoun community. She will be especially remembered for serving the community as Middleburg transformed from a sleepy little country town into a world known location.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, March 5 at Royston Funeral Home in Middleburg with burial following in Middleburg Memorial Cemetery.