Helen Kay Alexander (1936 - 2011)

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Helen Kay Alexander, 75, of rural Marshall, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011, at her home.
Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10, 2011 followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at the Blackwater Church of Christ, Blackwater, MO. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials are suggested to Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com
Kay was born September 15, 1936, to David Avon and Delphine (Green) LaForce. On June 7, 1957, at Red Top Christian Church in Hallsville, MO, Kay married Ronald Alexander, who survives of the home.
After graduating from Hallsville High School, Hallsville, MO in 1954, she graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Home Economics Education, and a Masters Degree in Clothing and Textiles, in 1958. Additionally, she earned a Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist graduating Summa Cum Laude from Central Missouri State University. Kay taught Vocational Home Economics for two years in Murray, Iowa; one year at Ashland, MO; and two years at Richmond, MO. She taught adult classes for University Extension in clothing construction. Kay retired after teaching 22 years at Blackwater Elementary School, Blackwater, MO teaching 5th and 6th grade.
Kay loved to be near her family, traveling across the United States, camping and canoeing with family and friends, and celebrating birthdays and holidays with her family. Kay was a member of the Church of Christ and taught children's Sunday school for many years.
Kay Alexander is also survived by her children, Brad Alexander of Dallas, TX, Doug Alexander and wife, Jennifer, of Marshall, Greg Alexander and wife, Debbie, of Sheldon, IA, Jill Reynolds and husband, Mel, of Marshall, and Kathi Barnes and husband, Roger, of Chillicothe, MO; six grandchildren; a brother, Gerald LaForce and wife, Laurie, of Hallsville, MO; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin Reynolds.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Dec. 5 to Dec. 12, 2011
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