Alice Antonette Marcoux (Graboski), passed away at home, in Providence, surrounded by her loving family on January 11, 2019 at the age of 88. Born on June 13, 1930 in Hartford, CT to Jennie and Joseph Graboski. Alice was an incredible artist. She attended The Museum School in Boston, where she met her husband, furniture designer and war veteran, John Marcoux. They were married for 66 years until John passed away in 2016.
Alice spent her life as an artist, both in her career and her free time. Alice’s first job as an artist was drawing dress designs at a Boston dressmaking factory, she then designed puppet slippers at Rosen Shoe Factory. She began her teaching career at the Boston YWCA and at the Cambridge Center for the Arts teaching stitchery. In the 1960’s Alice’s friend taught her how to weave and her weaving career took off. She became a professor at Rhode Island School of Design where she taught weaving and eventually became the head of the Textile Department. Alice worked at RISD until she retired.
Alice loved teaching art, she taught many of her children and grandchildren how to sew, knit, crochet and weave. Alice spent retirement teaching and taking classes at the Providence Handicraft Club, where she made many great friends and had a home away from home. She was an accomplished artist and craftsman, she sewed beautiful clothing for her children, knit, wove, and crocheted many pieces of art and was an accomplished painter.
In addition to her love of art and family, Alice loved animals. Her dogs were very special to her and she had an avid love for all animals.She enjoyed bird watching and was devoted to protecting the environment.
Alice leaves behind 4 children, Sandra Marcoux of Providence, Thalia Marcoux of Orange MA, Donald Marcoux and his wife Melinda of Arlington MA, and Lee Steitz and her husband James of Greene RI. She had 6 Grandchildren, Tyla Pimentel, Tracy Snizek, Amalia Tweedie, Sergei Marcoux, Vlad Marcoux, and Chelsea Steitz. She had 3 great grandchildren, Hailey, Asher and Everly. Alice leaves 2 sisters, Rose Graboski and her husband Joe Malone, Marie Fordham and her husband Fred, and Leona, the wife of her late brother Frank Graboski as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews. Burial will be private.