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Alice Lynn Cave

March 14, 1956 ~ October 6, 2019 (age 63)


Alice Lynn Cave (Age 63)

Alice Lynn Cave, of Alexandria VA, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 after a few weeks of increasingly severe illness. She was the most dearly beloved wife of Richard (Rick) Fletcher. They had been married for 18 years, and were together for 24. Alice is also survived by her loving brother Robert Cave (Sue Reed) and sister Susan DeMeritt (Blair). She was the beloved sister-in-law of David Fletcher (Kenny Williams) and Timothy Fletcher (Laura). She was the beloved aunt of nephews Calum Barnes, Torin Barnes, Kathie DeMeritt, Mark DeMeritt and Savannah Maness Fletcher. And Alice was deeply loved by her cousins near and far.

Alice was born in Washington, DC on March 14, 1956. She was the beloved daughter of Robert Lynwood Cave Jr. and Judith Mattingly Cave. Alice spent most of her childhood in Lawrenceville, NJ. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College.

After graduating college, Alice moved to the Washington, DC area for work. She began her career as a professional writer, and did that for some years. Following this, Alice’s career moved into technical writing for information technology contractors. Her work then evolved toward data and requirements analysis. Alice’s final job, one of her favorites, was for the Department of Veterans Affairs. There, she did healthcare requirements and data analysis for the VHA. Alice retired in 2014.

Alice was very involved in community interests and avocations. She was a church vestry member, HOA board member, wrote poetry and had deep and eclectic philosophical and spiritual interests. She was also a very avid walker and hiker, and had a deep love of being in nature. Alice was also very interested in social justice and progressive politics, volunteering for local candidates.

In retirement, Alice wrote poetry and cultivated musical interests including guitar, ukulele and singing. In 2014, she and Rick began a lifestyle residing half the year in Alexandria and half in Tucson, AZ. Her final years saw many great times in Tucson, and wonderful trips in the Southwest using Tucson as a base. In Tucson, Alice made many new, dear friends. She found herself at great peace in the Sonoran Desert and Santa Catalina Mountains.

To all who knew her, Alice was a kind and gentle soul with a ready smile. She was a private person in many ways. Yet Alice made and kept many dear, long-term friendships, and those were very precious to her. To her family, she was a dear daughter, sister, aunt and cousin. To her husband, Alice was his best friend, constant companion, soul-mate and love of his life. She passed from this life much too soon, and will be missed in countless ways. Alice is now in clear light.

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