Louise Alexander

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Former Alaska resident Louise J. Alexander, 87, died March 24, 2010, in St. Louis, Mo.

A memorial service in Anchorage will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 903 E. 13th Ave.

Louise J. Alexander was born Nov. 22, 1922, in Forest City, Ark., to Augustus and Maggie Jones.

The family moved to St. Louis, Mo., when she was young.

She attended schools in St. Louis and later married Mr. S. Alexander. No children were born of this union and they later divorced.

In the late 1940s, she went north looking for work and ended up in Anchorage, where she planned to live for five years. Time was on her side, and five years turned into more than 50 years.

She will be greatly missed by Greater Friendship Baptist Church, where she served on the usher board for more than 40 years. She was a WMU worker and did vacation Bible school for children at the church.

She was nominated for Alaska's Pioneer Woman of the Year for several years. Louise was well-known for her sewing of church uniforms and clothing for kids.

Left to mourn her are a niece, Marlene Jones of St. Louis, who was like a daughter; 11 great-nieces and -nephews; many great-great-nieces and -nephews; a host of relatives and friends in St. Louis; an adopted son, Thomas Anderson and his wife Virginia, of Anchorage; and many friends in Alaska.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2010