Karen M. Alexander (1938 - 2016)

Obituary
  • "Although I never met you Karen I know you, every word (and..."
    - David W. Martin
  • "Dear Jim and Family, My condolences to each of you. ..."
  • "My deepest condolences to your family, Our prayers and..."
    - A S
  • "Wendy,Susan and Kenny I am sorry for your loss.Your mom was..."
  • "Uncle Jim, Susan, Wendy & Ken, I am so sorry to hear about..."
    - Tim Montoya

Karen Marie Alexander passed away on May 27, 2016, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, following a major aortic aneurysm. Karen's family was blessed to be with her in her last hours. Karen was born in Skagway, Alaska, in 1938, to Christine Johnston and Kenneth Lamoreaux. She was a second generation-born Alaskan, as her grandmother, Ethel, had settled in Skagway in 1898, during the beginning of the Gold Rush. Karen grew up in Skagway and married James Alexander in 1957, in Juneau, Alaska, after adventuring a 100-mile skiff ride from Skagway to elope. They began their family soon after, moving from Skagway to Anchorage in 1963, where Karen resided until her death. Karen was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and grandmother, to her family. She was the most caring, generous and thoughtful matriarch, the perfect balance of kindness and strength, like so many Alaskan women of her generation. Our mother was an avid reader and a passionate citizen who loved to engage in political debate. Karen was a wonderful homemaker and truly enjoyed raising her three children to be "ladies and gentleman," and respectful of all others, regardless of their differences. A true highlight for her was when she became a grandmother, treasuring her time in her grandchildren's lives. As we became adults, our mother grew into the role of friend. She had a wonderful sense of humor and always had wise, thoughtful advice to share with us when we needed her guidance. Our mother always said her job was raising us kids, and she did a fantastic job. Your "job" is now done, Mom, please rest in peace. We know you will be joining your angels, and will now be able to share your heart without limits. Karen was preceded in death by her mother; father; and nephew, Kevin Montoya; as well as several close aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, James Alexander; daughter, Susan Alexander; daughter, Wendy Dicus with her husband Tom and their children Jennifer, TJ, Angela and Sarah; son, Ken Alexander with his wife Jennifer and their son Noah; sister, Kay Montoya with her husband Herb and their children Karen, Patrick and Tim; and many beloved "shirttail relatives." Karen battled cancer with grace and strength for 20 years. In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen's memory may be sent to the , www.cancer.org.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 1, 2016
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