ALICE VIRGINIA WYATT was born on October 29, 1949 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland to the late Thomas and Helen Byrd. As a child growing up in Montgomery County, Maryland, and the youngest of four children, Alice was surrounded by the love and guidance of her siblings: Irving, Betty, Helen, and cousin, akin to a sister, Mary Frances.
Alice was educated within the Montgomery County Public School System as she attended Longview Elementary, Gaithersburg Junior High, and Gaithersburg High School where she earned her high school diploma in 1967. After graduating from high school, Alice began her professional career and worked diligently at several jobs before becoming a Security Specialist at the United States Department of Energy; where she worked tirelessly for more than 38 years until she retired in May 2011.
On May 29, 1983, Alice married the love of her life, Charles Wyatt, a U.S. Navy veteran and Southern gentleman from Alabama, in an intimate matrimonial ceremony in Washington, DC. From this union, the couple were blessed with two loving and devoted sons, Charles “Chuckie” III, and Michael Wyatt. Twenty-five years after their ceremony, Alice and Charles commemorated their sacred and faithful union on May 24, 2008 in an unforgettable gathering to renew their vows at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rockville, Maryland.
The love that Alice received and willfully gave allowed her to thrive even when she was confronted with breast cancer as a young woman. Despite the challenges of sickness, the stages and positive progression of Alice’s life—from recovery to remission—never embodied the stages of her sickness; she was a faithful advocate, a resilient survivor, and an outstanding example of prayer, and perseverance.
Her quiet and formidable strength was encapsulated in her service, extraordinary kindness, divine elegance, and unwavering trust in God. Her powerful witness as a survivor and steadfast believer allowed her to display empathy and generosity towards others. Further, Alice’s remarkable faith called her to serve as she became a member of local congregational churches throughout Washington, DC and Columbia, MD and served on the Usher Board and Christian Lay community for more than 30 years.
The joys of Alice’s life were fully displayed in the way she lived: her love for shopping was exhibited by her closet filled with fashionable clothes, shoes, and countless gifts she gave to others; her love for sewing demonstrated in the meticulous threading of her handmade curtains and home décor; her desire for adventure and travel captured in photos from the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, snow capped mountains of Alaska, and annual road trips to Williamsburg, Virginia; her willingness to savor fun-filled, adventurous moments televised in her appearance as a winning contestant on the hit TV game show, Let’s Make a Deal; and her deep love and devotion to family echoed in her laughter and joyful presence at sacred gatherings, celebrations, and reunions.
Alice lived with a steadfast love for Christ, which allowed her to accept her heavenly crown on Monday, September 17, 2018 as she was surrounded by family and dear loved ones. Alice’s departure from earthly labor to heavenly reward was witnessed in her favorite scripture, written by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:8, “Jesus will keep you strong until the end so that there will be no wrong in you on the day our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.” As Alice was united with her Heavenly Father, and joined the sacred cloud of witnesses, she leaves to cherish her life and legacy, her faithful and loving husband of 35 years, Charles Wyatt; devoted sons, Charles “Chuckie” III (Shelly) and Michael Wyatt; one adorable grandson, Brendan; one brother, Irving Chatmon; two sisters, Betty Johnson and Helen Byrd; one brother-in-law, Nathan (Annette); one special cousin, Mary Frances Garey; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives, loved ones and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Helen Byrd, and nephew, Thomas Elmore Chatmon.