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Alison White Obituary

Alison Marshall White
Alison Marshall White

October 21, 1942 - March 16, 2017
Born in Kinston, NC
Resided in Bluffton, SC
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Alison Marshall White

Alison Marshall White, born October 21, 1942 in Kinston, NC to Colonel Robert Bruce (Barney) Marshall and Alison Webb Marshall, died peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family, on March 16, 2017.

Alison moved to Hilton Head Island, SC in 1968 with her former husband, John Edward White, and their three daughters, Alison, Susan, and Scottie.

She was a pillar of the early Hilton Head community, a friend to the needy, and a hardworking business woman. As part of an Army family, Alison lived in many places in the world, having the fondest memories of Okinawa, Japan.

In 1981 she was invited to the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC where she was initially inspired to found Concerned Ministries, a social action group to help the needy and homeless on Hilton Head. In addition, she helped to provide scholarships to 11 children at Hilton Head Christian Academy. She volunteered with SHARE's summer program recruiting Hilton Head residents to help Native American tribes on the Edisto River. She also volunteered at Mount Calvary Day Care Center.

One of Alison's most difficult times of her life was the loss of her youngest child, Scottie, at age 18. And one of Alison's greatest accomplishments was later founding Compassionate Friends, an organization that helps grieving parents upon the loss of a child.

Alison served on the board of directors for the Institute for Community Education and Training. In the early 1980's, she founded Nearly New Consignment shop, the first of its kind on Hilton Head, which spawned multiple other local consignment shops.

She also worked with the poor at Glencastle, Atlanta, a converted prison providing low-income housing for the needy. She served as a Guardian ad Litem in Beaufort County advocating for abused or neglected children.

From 2005 to 2015, Alison moved and founded Treasures Resale, Roswell, GA a consignment store, whose profits went to local charities.

Alison was predeceased by her parents and her daughter Elizabeth Scott (Scottie) White. She is survived by her daughters Alison White Ibsen and Susan White Treadaway, sons in-law William Christopher Ibsen and John Patrick Treadaway III, grandchildren Alison Grace Bowe (Zack), Jordan Elizabeth Scott Treadaway, William Christopher Ibsen Jr, (Ali), John Patrick Treadaway IV, Bowman Scott Ibsen (Chandler), great-grandson Cade Jackson Bowe, former husband John Edward White (Lynda), her brother Robert Bruce Marshall (Grace), and niece Suzanne Alexandra Marshall.

Alison attended St Luke's Church and Grace Community Church on Hilton Head Island and The Church of the Cross in Bluffton, SC.

The Memorial Service will be held at St Luke's Church on Hilton Head Island, SC on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00am.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
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