Kimiko Alexander (1936 - 2018)

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Kimiko Alexander, 82, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 31, 2018, at Guiding Light Assisted Living Home in Eagle River, Alaska. She had battled with a slow progressive form of dementia for four years.
Kim, as most people called her, was born in Okinawa, Japan, and was the youngest child of the Kohaggura family. She had three older sisters and three older brothers, who are all deceased.
In 1966, by what she thought was accidental, she met John Alexander.
With a lot of persuasion on his part and three things in common - fishing, dogs and old style country music - she finally agreed to marry him. They were wed in March 1968.
They moved to Eagle River in 1974, and Kim worked at the duty-free shop at Anchorage International Airport for 19 years before retiring.
Kim was well versed in many of the arts and crafts. She was a master on her old sewing machine and she enjoyed making complete outfits, including hats, for children of our friends. She was no stranger to the artist easel and oil paint. Kim also liked to fish, and she was good at it. She once caught a 20-pound lake trout out of Fielding Lake.
Kim was a past member of the Midnight Sun Gun Dog Association, where she was known for her homemade potato salad for the tailgate parties.
She always sat in the back of the gallery for the senior event, as she enjoyed watching well-trained dogs work, especially one that her husband was running that she helped train. Although not a hunter, she followed her husband afield many times, and she enjoyed spending time at the duck shack.
Kimiko Alexander was a quiet lady who avoided the spotlight. To those who knew her well, she was a kind, caring and generous person. She strived for perfection in everything she did. Kimiko clung tightly to the old ways. She never gravitated to computerized sewing and knitting machines. She did not believe there was such thing as wash and wear, and never abandoned her ironing board.
For 50 years, that wonderful lady from the old school was my wife.
Honoring her request, there will be no service. Her ashes will remain in Alaska, at a location not yet decided.
I would like to thank the Providence dedicated hospice team and those who cared for Miss Kim along the way. Her hospice nurse and many of her caregivers became much more than that to us, we thought of them as friends.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 11, 2018