Alice Park Fairbrother was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education as well as a state teacher’s licensure. Fairbrother graduated in 1965.
In the summer of 1965, Fairbrother joined the Army Medical Corps and attended the physical therapy program at Fort Sam Houston. The following summer she was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where she met her husband Woody. The Fairbrothers were transferred to Fort Knox, Kentucky, in June of 1967. There, Alice Fairbrother was honorably discharged from the armed services after three years.
After Woody Fairbrother returneded from service in Vietnam in 1969, they moved to Clemson, South Carolina, where he became the instructor of a ROTC program. In 1982, the Fairbrothers settled in Raleigh, where Alice began to volunteer in the local school system and eventually worked as a teacher’s assistant for eight years in the school system. Fairbrother later volunteered at the local hospital in her free time.