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Julia Bates Alexander, beloved sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away April 23, 2013. Julia was born April 25, 1922 in San Marcos, TX to Rev. Harris Parker Bates and Mary Era Jones Bates. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Silas J. Alexander. She is survived by her brother, Harris Bates, Jr.; children, Silas J. Alexander, Jr. and his wife Julia, Jeanne Raney and her husband Ken, Martha West and her husband Jim, and Cole Alexander; grandchildren, Silas J. Alexander, III, Sarah, Robert and James Raney, Ryan West and her husband Austin Crone, Laura West and her husband Mike Moats and Julia West. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Ty and James Crone.
Julia attended Brackenridge High School in San Antonio and graduated from Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, she worked for Braniff Airways until she married on December 22, 1951. Julia was an avid bridge and Scrabble player, a skillful seamstress and enjoyed making clothes for her children and grandchildren. She was a long and active member of Northwood Presbyterian Church and was known by her gentle spirit and ever-present smile. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. We want to thank her for all the wonderful memories.
The family would like to thank Dr. Heberto Garza for his many years of care and counsel. We would also like to thank Caring Companions, the skilled staff at the Forum and VITAS Hospice for the loving care and support they provided.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX. A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 518 Pike, San Antonio, TX 78209. A private family entombment will be held at a later date at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northwood Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com
Published in Express-News on Apr. 25, 2013