Alice J. Galloway

July 03, 1926 ‒ July 14, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Alice J. Galloway, age 94, Marion resident since 1954, died Tuesday July 14 at Kingston Residence of Marion. She was born in Jackson, Ohio July 3, 1926 to the late Harold F.  and Anna (Driver) Remington.

The family moved to the Hilltop area of Columbus in the early 1930’s. While in high school in Columbus, she was active in youth fellowship at their Methodist Church, where she met her future husband Joseph Galloway. She graduated from Columbus West High School in 1944. While Joe was serving in France during WW II, she continued her studies at Ohio State University. She received her B.A. in communications in 1947 and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.

During her studies at OSU, Joe returned from WWII and began taking classes as well. They reacquainted, began dating, and were married May 28, 1948. After short stays in Columbus and Springfield, they moved to Marion in 1954, which became their permanent home.

After the move to Marion and starting a family, she obtained her teaching certificate and taught in the Marion City Schools for 19 years. Her focus was on English, speech, and drama. Known as a teacher who instilled great confidence,  she would often use non-traditional methods to better engage her students in the learning process.

While teaching, she became deeply involved with the Marion Palace Theater, taking part in both high school and community productions. She directed the high school musicals for years and participated in many shows done by Marion Community Theater, including performing the role of Aunt Eller in “Oklahoma” twice: once in 1978 and again in 2003.

As a lifelong humanitarian for her community, she and Joe worked tirelessly to help the development of the Ohio State University Marion campus, resulting in the outstanding facility it is today. As a member of the Buckeye Backers, she continued this work throughout her life, and was presented the Ralph Howard Service Award in 2001 for her efforts. Later in 2008 she received two additional awards, the first being the OSU Distinguished Service Award presented by then president Gordon Gee at the 2008 commencement ceremonies. The second was the Josephine Sitterle Failer Award from the OSU Alumni Association for volunteer service to students, which was presented by Archie Griffin.

A lifelong member of Epworth United Methodist Church, she enjoyed participating in the Chancel Choir, frequently performing solos, and served the church in various other capacities. Other activities included: Marion Civic Chorus, the DT chapter of the P.E.O. sisterhood, and being a doting grandmother.

Her grandchildren remember her playing “The Skater’s Waltz” on the piano as they danced; bedtime stories (and long backrubs) in which the grandchild played a central part; candy bars secretly hidden in the freezer; peanut and bacon on toast(!); and most importantly – the advice to serve others and don’t take yourself too seriously. They all remember her constant presence at countless music and sporting events.

She is survived by son, Curt (Mary) Galloway; granddaughter, Kara (Art) Matthies; granddaughter, Erica (Dean) Gardner; grandson, Ben (Bobbi) Galloway; great grandchildren: Maya Austin, Noah Gardner, Samuel Galloway, Ruby Gardner, Joseph Galloway, and Abigail Galloway;  niece, Connie (Herb) Johnson; nephew, Bill (Anita) Remington; nephew, David Galloway; nephew, Steven (Carol) Bowman; and nephew, Gary (Addi) Rice.

Preceded in death by Husband, Joe Galloway; daughter, Susan Swavel; brother, Jim Remington, and brother, Jack Remington.

Her family will greet friends from 3–5 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the Marion Palace Theatre, May Pavilion, 276 W. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring her life will follow there at 5 pm, with Rev. David Hoffman officiating.  For those unable to attend, you can watch her services via live stream on the Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, Facebook page, (  Burial will take place at a later date in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Susan L. Swavel Memorial Scholarship Fund at OSUM, Epworth United Methodist Church, Heartland Hospice of Marion, or the charity of your choosing.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Alice’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I loved this woman dearly. I was her student in Drama in high school , and she helped me get through a very difficult personal trauma my senior year. I have never forgotten or ever will forget the life lessons she taught me. How fortunate we all who came in contact with her are…An embodiment of Christ’s teachings she was…Heaven has gained an extraordinary Angel and our poor Earth is a bit more dim because of her exit….She can now be with her Susan and her Joe…Love you Alice….

  • It was an honor to be one of the many pastors who got to care for Alice at Epworth and also it was a kick to be her friend and cohort at the Palace. Marion has lost a fine woman who touched many lives.

  • Remember her singing many Sundays at Epworth Methodist. She and my parents, Albert and Alice “Becky” Mascari were friendly and both active in various organizations. She was a wonderful person with many talents.
    Sincere sympathy to all her family and friends.

  • Heaven has indeed welcomed dear, kind Alice. What a wonderful person, drama teacher, and fellow (Epworth UMC) Chancel Choir soprano! May her family know she touched many, many lives. RIP

  • What a dear friend Alice was. She was a delight to be around and her unfailing sense of humor was a blessing to enjoy. It was my pleasure to have her lead me through the study of the Bible class, and I looked forward to sitting with her in church after she left the choir.
    May her family realize what a gem of a Christian she was and a welcoming light to all who met her.
    Blessings to the family now and celebration in heaven to all who went before her.

  • Alice was a wonderful teacher and also a neighbor of ours. She had a quiet way of reaching students
    In a kind approach. Students loved her. Never once did she complain or bring a student to me. She loved drama, taught it, and acted it. She will be missed.

    Vaughn Williams
    Sarasota, Fla

  • Mrs. Galloway was a great teacher and particularly good at motivating students. I don’t think they make teachers of her calibre in large numbers today. My condolences to her family.

  • Working all those years with Alice was a great pleasure. What a lovely lady and true professional. Alice was a credit to the teaching profession. Our children loved her as a teacher and for Amy, a fellow actress. Curt and family, you can be so proud of Alice and Joe’s legacy.

  • What a wonderful; smart, talented, kind and loving lady. And, such a joy to be around. Curt and family; my deepest sympathy.

  • Alice was a wonderful person, from every point of view! She made our world so much better. She inspired our children in school and theater and life!! We will miss her, but she is surely singing in the Heavens while hugging Susan and Joe! Rest in Peace, dear friend. Barb Hetrick and family

  • The world needs more Alice Galloways! Her spirit, her talents, her sense of humor, her kindness, and her deep faith are examples for all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Undoubtedly, she would tell us that her 94 years were filled with blessings, but for 94 years she blessed US – a legacy that each of us can only hope to leave behind. Our sympathy to Curt and Mary, as well as the grandchildren and great-grandchildren that Alice loved so dearly. May many wonderful memories surround you as you celebrate the life of this wonderful lady.

  • As a nephew to Aunt Alice (Joe Galloway and my mother, Laura, were brother and sister), I and my wife Addi would most certainly agree with the previous thoughts and condolences. Aunt Alice was indeed all those things–sweet, kind, understanding and engagingly humorous. But there was one glaring omission we noticed. She absolutely loved Ohio State football and basketball, along with her unending work in more serious areas for O.S.U. Many were the times over the years when, in one way or another, would get together and root for The Buckeyes. And, boy did she root. It was during times like these and others that her undeniably positive and fun side was so enjoyable to share. So to my dear Aunt Alice, who I know will be reading this, I would shout out one more “GO BUCKS!” She’ll be watching.
    Health problems have kept Addi and I from traveling for many years, so we sadly regret that we were unable to visit her. Email helped for awhile. But the memories will always be there of the wonderful times and of her heartfelt advice over the years, for along with all her other aforementioned traits–there is one that stands above them all. She was a FRIEND!
    And to Curt and Mary, our prayers and condolences, as you stand by us–keeping that word “friend” alive. We love and will miss Aunt Alice tremendously, but she is in a better place and at peace, as I’m sure you know. May God be with you and your entire family.

  • Alice was a beacon of light, happiness and love. It was a pleasure seeing her onstage, in church choir, and at Harding High. My sense of loss is outweighed by my gratitude for her shared talents and warmth. My condolences to Curt, Mary, and family. Thanks for sharing Alice with Marion!

  • To know Alice Galloway was to have a great friend, at any time, and in any situation. Alice was forever a most interesting person as well as a interested person, as all of the other comments shown here have well expressed. I fully agree with Rev Dan’s sentiments….it was a kick to be her friend. Two stories……Alice was a beloved sub teacher at Harding, where we enjoyed her most in physics class. As a musician herself, one would think that teaching as a sub in science class would be a stretch. Not in the least. She prepared for teaching any class the way she prepared for a solo gig…thoroughly. Our class was eighth period, end of day. There was this huge glass beaker atop a shelf as you entered the classroom lab, and since this class was after lunch, the students dunked pocket change into this thing all school year. Come the end of the senior year, and we had enough money to rent the yard for an evening at the Marion Country Club, so we did! We did not invite our regular class teacher who lived in Upper Sandusky anyway, but insisted on inviting Alice. Of course she attended gleefully, cementing a long relationship with HHS Class of 63 which endures to this very day. Second story….Alice was truly a gifted vocalist and a long time ago, George Lane was commissioned to write a musical commercial for the L-K Restaurants. Several of the Harding Stardusters were on that band recording, including moi. It was a corny commercial which required several takes, but Alice was patient and dutifully professional, even when my beat up saxophone threw a clam at the wrong times, requiring a retake upon retake. For years, decades in fact, when I would meet up with Alice, I would begin by singing the opening line to the commercial, which caused a full body shake and shudder from Alice in response. She always looked around to see if anyone else remembered what line I was singing, and no one did. Yet, that became our schtick and just one of the friendly ways we recalled each other as friends. Alice, in all respect, i will no longer, and not here, requote any of the lines from that long ago L-K spot that we worked together. Mentioning Alice’s name or just recalling her presence will send a warm smile all over my face. Thanks for being so special, Alice, and I assume that you and George and Betty are singing and playing tunes all over the Heavens. I;m booked for a few weeks this fall (!!), but I hope to rejoin you and make some more great music together…and no commercials! Bob Hinklin Cincinnati

  • My sincere sympathy to the family—
    Alice was a dear friend and truly a wonderful lady with whom I always enjoyed working. I will miss her—the puns, OSU conversations, advice—mostly her spirit. She has left me with special memories of the many lives she touched.

  • to Curt and Mary and Family of Alice Galloway

    I want to extend my sympathy to you on Alice’s passing and hope that you take great comfort in the long and very meaningful life of pleasant relationships she maintained along with her many accomplishments.
    I enjoyed her pleasant manner, humor and warmth.
    My condolences to family and friends.

  • My sympathy to the family,
    Alice was an amazing and talented woman. She directed me in three Marion Harding High School Musicals. She was a very respected teacher and vocalist. I mostly remember her from Epworth when I was growing up. I would love the Sundays she was singing and had a solo. So wonderful to listen to. She was a good friend of my mom’s, Lynne Poling. Know that she had a positive effect on everyone and I have many special memories of her.

  • The Remington’s were close friends of my parents, and although Alice was older than me I knew her family well. Her brothers were boy scouts in my Dad’s troop. We were all West High alum. Sympathy is extended to her family. Carolyn Stickel Moore

  • My prayers and loving thoughts are with you, Curt and Mary, for the loss of your dear mother, such a talented vocalist and an all-around wonderful lady. We met at Epworth church- as choir members- she an alto and me a soprano. Music was an important part of both of our lives and we enjoyed singing solos and duets together for many years . Keep up the solos, Alice – the heavens need a strong alto voice. Bless you, Evelyn Fletcher.

  • I met Alice when attending some OSU Captains’ Club games that her brother, Jim, graciously invited us to. I always enjoyed talking with her about her days at West High. Jim was always so proud of his sister, saying she was the sibling who should be in the West Alumni Hall of Fame and not him! He told me several times of various things she had done. As far as I know, the Alumni Association was not aware that her brother Jim was no longer living. I will let them know about Alice and Jim. My condolences to Alice’s family. She was definitely a wonderful person that I am glad I was privileged to know.

  • To Curt and Mary and your immediate family:
    What a great inspiration your mother was to our family. She was so intelligent, imparting her knowledge ever so quietly. She was a natural teacher with her exquisite use of the English language both verbally and written. She accented our world with her musical talent. Alas, she was a bright light in every room and a friend to all that knew her. She will remain in our hearts forever. I hope that I can describe my Aunt Alice to my children and grandchildren (and great grandchild ) in a way that will give them a model to mold their own lives.
    Our most sincere sympathy from my family to yours.

  • Heaven gained a beautiful, talented, caring, witty, intelligent lady – our sweet Alice. I so enjoyed sharing the stage with her, sharing teacher stories and singing with her for various events. After watching any of my musical groups perform, Alice was always first to express appreciation and encouragement. Alice was a terrific advocate for education and the arts. Her positive spirit will live on. I’ll always remember her fondly. ♥️

  • Miss all the times at ballgames with your MOM AND Dad those were the good days, sorry for your lost she was a High Class Lady. Our best to you and Mary and the Kids and the grandkids. Our best to all of you, Beautiful memories Love Dan and Kathy Rogers and family