Anita Ester Alic
Anita Ester Alic
  • November 27, 1942 - October 9, 2016
  • Westport, Connecticut

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Anita Alic of Ludlow, VT, beloved wife of Jim Alic and mother of Michael and Amanda, died peacefully at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday, October 8, 2016 surrounded by her family. Michael and his wife Johanne and daughter Zoë-Maud live in New York City. Amanda and her husband Ethan Crenson and son MacGregor live in Brooklyn, New York. Anita was devoted to them all, proud of everything they accomplished, and excited for all that is to come.

Anita, born in Chicago in 1942, grew up all over the place, mostly in Texas although no trace of Texas remained in her accent, and graduated in 1964 from Northwestern University with a BA in Art History. She met Jim at Northwestern and they married in December of their senior year. After a couple of years in Chicago, they moved to Birmingham, Michigan where both children were born. In 1970 they moved to Westport, Connecticut where they lived for most of the next 30+ years. Starting with a condo at Okemo in 1977, Anita and Jim fell in love with Vermont and built a home in Ludlow in the late 1980's, planning to eventually retire there. They finally made the move in 2002.

After the children's early years and several years in office jobs, Anita was inspired to turn her avocation for gardening into a vocation and returned to school to earn a degree in horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. At the time, she was one of the few women in the school and by far the oldest to successfully complete the program. Subsequently, Anita started and built a very successful gardening and landscaping business designing, installing and maintaining beautiful residential landscapes throughout Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. Her garden legacy lives on in landscapes throughout the area and was highlighted by her own garden in Westport, which was featured in The Garden Conservancy Open Days program for several years.

In addition to her gardening, Anita was a lifelong art and music lover. She was a director and officer of the Black River Academy Museum and the Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Black River Academy Museum at 14 High Street, Ludlow, VT 05149 would help ensure her legacy.

A private celebration of Anita's life will be planned for a later date.