Alice Garvey was the wife of Jonathan Garvey.

Biography

Alice Garvey was the wife of Jonathan Garvey and the mother of Andrew Garvey. She was raised by her mother who ran a boarding house, and was first married to a man named Harold while still a young girl; they divorced soon after. Harriet Oleson learns about this in the episode “Crossed Connections,” which creates havoc for the Garvey family, especially for Alice.

In the episode “The High Cost of Being Right,” the Garvey’s barn burns down, and Alice takes a job at the post office. Jonathan believes that it is a man’s job to support the family; in an attempt to resolve their issues, the couple decides to divorce. While the divorce proceedings progress, the two share a laugh, and they resolve their differences. For a time, Alice taught at Walnut Grove Church and School. While teaching there, she exposed Nellie’s attempt to cheat on her exams. Episode 511: The Cheaters

Death

Alice died in a fire at the blind school, which was accidentally started by Albert Ingalls and a friend. Hester-Sue Terhune found the fire in the basement, and Mary, Hester-Sue, Adam, and Alice evacuated all the kids. She died trying to get Adam and Mary’s baby, Adam Kendall, Jr., out of his crib and out of the house, after telling Mary she would take care of him while Mary helped the other children escape. A blind child named James got stuck in the bathroom and Alice delayed both her and the baby’s escape in order to save him. By the time she got to the baby, the room was in flames. Alice panicked, became trapped in the baby’s room, and burned to death. The last glimpse we have of Alice is her breaking the window, only to become totally engulfed in flames. Her body is later found in the ruins. At first, her husband Jonathan blamed the accident on God and began drinking, but he eventually realized he was mistaken. (Episode 618: May We Make Them Proud (Part 1), Episode 619: May We Make Them Proud (Part 2))

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