Alice Polite (Johns)
(1911 - 2010)

Alice Polite (Johns)
Nickname: Madame Gace

Louisiana, United States of America
May 7, 1911

Louisiana, United States of America
November 7, 2010

Grandma enjoyed spending time with her family. She cooked and cared for them when they were 'down low'. When someone needed her to 'mind' their children, she was right there. Later in life, she learned to enjoy traveling with my mom (her oldest daughter, Theresa) just about everywhere a car would take her. We who knew her will also remember her love for "Virginia Tobacco" and soap operas. Her 'stories', as she called them, were like real people to her. She especially loved the character, Mrs. Chancellor, on "Young & the Restless". She was a great listener, and the best grandmother a child could ever have. Grandma was brilliant when it came to 'herbs' and how to identify them in the wild. She liked to nurture us back to health when we were sick with 'mong-lee-ay' tea or asafoetida water. Some of her remedies weren't so tasty, but they worked!
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Madame Alice ("Ah-lees") Johns Polite was born (a twin) into this world on May 7th, 1911. She walked out of this world and stepped through the gates of glory on November 7th, 2010 after 99 1/2 years of bountiful life.

Prior to learning American English, Madame Alice and her siblings spoke Bayou French Creole in their home. All of her life, she incorporated both languages in her conversations with others. She continued to pray in her mother tongue, and attempted to teach her children and grandchildren to speak and understand her language.

Madame "Gace" (as she was affectionately called) loved...I mean, ADORED, her family. She liked order in life and her surroundings. She got things done and was not about complaining. Madame Alice was a mover and a shaker, and there was not a lazy bone in her body. She did it all, as she said "Me, I'm not lazy. I know how to do everything in common."

She loved us all so much that we could feel it. Some people know about tension so thick you can cut it with a knife. Well, with my dear grandma, the opposite was true. Her love was so thick it could not be severed or destroyed.

Madame Alice shall return no more to her mortal body, nor shall her place be known anymore.

May her legacy live on.


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight; for the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday's most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use in my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears,of all my life! - and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.

- by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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Online Obituary from "The Daily Iberian":

Alice J. Polite

Published on Thursday, November 18, 2010

ST. MARTINVILLE — A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Mrs. Alice J. Polite, the former Alice Jones, 99, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, St. Martinville, with Fr. Augustinus Seran officiating.

She will await the resurrection at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Loreauville.

A gathering of family and friends will be at the funeral home on Friday, November 12, 2010, from 5 to 9 p.m. and resumes at the church on Saturday from 7 a.m. until the time of service, with a rosary recited at 9 a.m. at the church.

She was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church in St. Martinville and also a member of the Block Rosary Group and a past member of St. Joseph Society.

She leaves in God’s care two daughters Mary Joseph (Ronald) of New Iberia and Theresa Thierry of St. Martinville and an adopted daughter Marie Etienne (Roy) of St. Martinville; a devoted godchild Roland “Chubby” Jones Jr.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She now joins in glory her husband, Gus Polite; parents, Joseph Jones and Virginia Simon Jones; nine brothers Junius Jones, Clarence Jones, Alfred Jones, Paul Jones, Dallas Jones, Wilfred Jones, Whitney Jones, Wilson Jones and Albert Jones; three sisters Catherine Lasseigne, Julia Clemons and Roslie Howard.

Active pallbearers will be Mary Joseph, Theresa Thierry, Aliza Allison, Dr. Joycelyn T. Chambers, Juleah Joseph and Marrissa Joseph.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the immediate family and friends.

Final arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Home of New Iberia. Condolences may be made at

Copyright © 2010 The Daily Iberian


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SEVEN YEARS TODAY. Thank You, Father God, for the blessing of Alice "Gace" Polite. Thank You for lending her to us as Your vessel of love for a 'brief', yet memorable, 99 years on this earth. Thank You for the steadfast love and dedication she had for her family, which extended out to so many others. Thank You for the seeds of kindness and compassion planted in her children. Thank You for her life of prayer and the example she set for her family in loving You. Thank You for her longevity. May we all be blessed with good health and long life, by grace through faith on Jesus' Name. Amen.

Bonne Anniversaire, Grandma! 🎓🤗😇🎉


Notre Père qui es aux cieux:
que ton nom soit sanctifié;
que ton règne vienne;
que ta volonté soit faite
sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd'hui notre pain quotidien;
et pardonne-nous nos offenses,
comme nous pardonnons à ceux qui nous ont offensés;
et ne nous induis point en tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal.

Amen. ✝


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen. ✝
YourSweetHoneyChile ((Faye))
November 7th, 2017
Happy Anniversary, Love you Mama!
Robert Cameron Chambers (Great Grandson)
November 7th, 2017
Happy Birthday! 💝 🤗 💐
YourSweet HoneyChile (((Faye)))
May 7th, 2017
Hi Grandma! God has been and continues to be so very good to our family. Thank you so much for your prayers! I am grateful. The family has grown! Bree graduated and got married (but, of course, you were there)! It's been a learning experience, and quite an adventure, but motherhood is fabulous! Happy Mother's Day today! And, a glorious birthday in Heaven to you tomorrow! "To be absent from the body is to be present with The LORD!" How awesome for you!
YourSweet HoneyChile (((YourFaye)))
May 8th, 2016
Man my heart has been really heavy lately. Just thinking of the times we shared. I remember those good buttery grits and sausage.

I luv u n miss u a great deal.
Kelly Lee (granddaughter)
April 10th, 2014
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JustMe Again
December 7th, 2010
"She will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Ms. Alice."
Connie Savoy
November 17th, 2010
"The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Bobby Chambers
November 16th, 2010
"Although she has quietly slipped away, her fragrance will always remain as those that are left behind allow our hearts to be comforted by her legacy and the memories we all share."
Stephanie Chambers
November 16th, 2010
""Lapli, tombe', wawaron, chante'." (The rain is falling, the frogs are chirping.) - All is well. All will be well. And, all manner of things shall be well."
Joycelyn "Faye" Thierry-Chambers
November 9th, 2010


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