Alice A. Mead, 82, a Washington area businesswoman who had owned and operated food and liquor stores for 60 years, died of cancer Sunday at Doctor's Hospital in Lanham.
Mrs. Mead was born in Washington. She graduated from St. Cecilia's Academy and later attended the old Washington Business School. While still in school, she worked at Selby's, a general store in Anacostia that was owned and operated by her family.
In 1919, she and her husband, Elgar C. (Buck) Mead, established their own grocery store, Mead's Model Market. In 1933, following the repeal of Prohibition, the market became a liquor store. During the 1940s, the couple developed a shopping center on South Capitol Street. In the 1950s, they moved their business to Oxen Hill, where they opened a new store and shopping center.
After her husband's death in 1957, Mrs. Mead continued to operate the Oxen Hill store and remained active in the business until a year ago.
A resident of Riverdale at the time of her death, she was a member of the Good Samaritans, the Ki-Wives, the WABBIs, an organization of women in the liquor business, and the Prince George's Licensed Beverage Association. She was a volunteer for the Discalced Carmelite Fathers and the Fransiscans and for the St. Thomas More and St. Theresa's Catholic churches in Washington and St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Oxen Hill. She was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Riverdale.
Survivors include three daughters, Virginia Clare Summit, of Yantic, Conn., Alice Wilson, of Bethesda, and Mary Jo Anne Greer, of Oxon Hill; two sons, James E., of Riverdale, and John Leo, of Piscataway, Md., 26 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Discalced Carmelite Fathers, 2131 Lincoln Rd. NE, Washington.