Alice Mae was born in Inari, up on the river, and was raised on the Fred Fagan Ranch. Alice Maeâ€™s maternal grandfather was John Summers and her father was a white man in Mission Valley. With most of the families on the Fagan Ranch being of Mexican heritage, Alice Mae grew up speaking Spanish. She married very young, at fifteen, to Mack Williams, a young black cowhand from the neighboring Peach Mott (Martin Oâ€™Connor) Ranch who also spoke primarily Spanish. As a cowhand wife she kept the home and raised their two children. When her husband retired from being a cowhand he started preaching, so she became a pastorâ€™s wife with much civic responsibility. She was known in the community as â€śMiss Mackâ€ť and â€śSister Mackâ€ť. She served for awhile as a midwife. Alice Mae made the best mesquite jelly in the world.