Alice Louise Shepard Plaatje, 70, died Saturday, May 10th in Miami, Florida of a brain aneurysm. Alice was predeceased by her parents Ruth Willoughby Shepard and Raymond Shepard, her husband John Plaatje (July 2, 1984,) and brother Raymond Shepard Jr.
Left to cherish Alice's memory are her life partner of 23 years, Mike Klein, her loving children, daughter Anna (Kris) Plaatje, son George Plaatje, daughter-in-law Kimmy Plaatje, son-in-law Eric Phipps, grandson Jerome D. Hotchkiss, siblings Jan Aydlette, Gail Boswell, and Phil Shepard, aunts Edna Pierce, Frankie Laney and Thelma Rivenbark, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alice was born in Wilmington, North Carolina July 10, 1943. She attended Fike High School in Wilson, North Carolina and graduated from Barton College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She retired from teaching English, Social Studies and ESOL in 1992 and devoted the past 22 years to service to her community.
Alice Louise Shepard Plaatje
She was a past president of the Fort Myers Beach Pilot Club and Lieutenant Governor of Pilot International's Florida District.
She was a member of the Community Foundation of Fort Myers Beach as well as the board of directors of Keep Lee County Beautiful. Alice volunteered at the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center, Fort Myers Beach Elementary School and with the Girls Scouts of America. She was a member of the Southwest Florida Symphony Society and the Friends of Mound House.
Following cremation, a family service was held in Wilmington, North Carolina. A celebration of Alice's Life will take place in Fort Myers Beach in the fall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to BrainMinders TM, Pilot International's signature brain-safety educational program for elementary-aged students.
Checks can be made payable to Pilot International, detailed for BrainMinders Project in memory of Alice Plaatje, and mailed to Pilot International, 102 Preston Court, Macon, Georgia 31210-5768.