Alice Taylor Beringer, a decorative artist, dedicated volunteer, and lover of gardening, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2023, at the age of 95.
Born on November 23, 1927, in Adams, Michigan, she was the daughter of Gladys (Stratton) and Melville Fuller Taylor. When she was 8 years old, the family moved to Rye, N.Y., where she lived for the remainder of her life.
She attended Rye Country Day School and graduated from Rosemary Hall boarding school. She then went to Smith College, earning an undergraduate degree in the spring of 1949. Shortly afterward, on June 25, 1949, she married Stuart Marshall Beringer.
A talented artist, Alice studied the art of decorative painted finishes at the Isabel O’Neil Studio in New York City, from which she earned a Master’s Certificate. She launched her own company, Creative Painted Finishes, with fellow graduate Sarah Vorderbreugge. They had clients throughout the tri-state area and their works were featured several times at the Tiffany & Co. flagship store in Manhattan when exceptional decorative pieces of furniture created by Isabel O’Neil Studio graduates were displayed.
In addition to their home in Rye, the Beringers built a lovely home called “Surf Song”, on Windermere Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas, where Alice entertained friends and family for decades. While there, her creative endeavors grew to include the fine art of Nantucket Basket making.
An active member of the Rye Garden Club for over half a century, Mrs. Beringer was also a member of the United Hospital Twig Organization. She and her husband were longtime members of Apawamis Club and American Yacht Club.
She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Stuart Beringer, as well as a son, Peter Marshall Beringer.
Mrs. Beringer is survived by her son, Stuart Stratton Beringer and his wife Daryn,
along with four grandchildren, Taylor, Stuart, Casey, and Kristina Beringer; and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Katherine Beringer. Donations may be made to the Rye Presbyterian Church Columbarium Fund; the Columbarium is the final resting place of Alice and Stuart Beringer.