Alice Isabel was born in 1855 in Watertown, Massachusetts, the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Bonney) Norcross. She certainly grew up in Watertown, the second of 4 children. She attended local schools and graduated from the Watertown High School.
Alice became a teacher by 1880, when her occupation is given as "school teacher" in the 1880 census. In 1885, she was hired by the city of Somerville, Massachusetts, as a teacher in the Pope School. She worked there for many years, while residing in her hometown of Watertown.
In 1891, she applied for a passport. She was described as being 36 years old, 5 feet, 5 and a half inches tall, with brown eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. She and her sister also traveled to England in 1912, arriving home via Ellis Island in New York.
She remained as a 6th grade teacher at the Pope School as late as 1921.
She died in 1932. She is buried at the Newton Cemetery in Newton, Massachusetts.