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Jean Palmer (Hall) Alexander

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ALEXANDER, Jean Palmer (Hall) Jean Palmer (Hall) Alexander, 82, of Old Saybrook, died Wednesday, (March 8, 2006). She was the wife of the late Ronald Thornton Alexander. She was born in Simsbury, in a house next to the Farmington River, on the 4th of July, 1923. Jean was the daughter of the late Helen (Palmer) Hall and Seth Royal Hall. She grew up in Simsbury and graduated from both Lasell College in Newton, MA in 1943 and the University of Connecticut in 1951. During World War II, Jean enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the W.A.V.E.S. At the time of the Korean War, she returned to the Navy for another tour. It was during this time that she met Ron, as they were both Pharmacist Mates. They were married in Simsbury in October of 1952. After living briefly on Long Island, in Simsbury, and in East Hampton. Jean and Ron settled in Old Saybrook in 1959. Jean had been a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Old Saybrook since moving to town. She worked there as the church secretary for many years. Later, she was the secretary for the United Church of Chester. Jean was also a Girl Scout troop leader in Old Saybrook. Her interest in nutrition and exercise manifested itself in her membership in the YMCA of Westbrook, where she made many good friends. Jean is survived by her daughter, Lesley (Alexander) Capen and her son-in-law, Dennis Capen both of Hampstead, NC; her sister-in-law, Janet (Alexander) Calder, of Old Saybrook; her niece, Marcia (Hall) Muzytschenko of Simsbury; and her son, Scott Alexander of Old Saybrook. In lieu of flowers, Jean's family asks that people make a donation to the charity of their own choice. Calling hours will be from 5-8 p.m. on TODAY at the Swan Funeral Home, Old Saybrook. The funeral service will be at Grace Episcopal Church, Old Saybrook on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. Interment will be immediately following the funeral at Riverside Cemetery on Sheffield Street in Old Saybrook.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 10, 2006
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