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Elise Pritchett Alexander

Snoqualmie, WA

Elise Hadley Pritchett Alexander, age 95, died peacefully, her family near her, in Issaquah, Washington, July 6, 2014. She was born March 4, 1919 in Brentwood, Tennessee, the eldest daughter of Sarah Hadley Pritchett and Joseph W. Pritchett.

In 1937, Elise graduated as valedictorian of Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in 1941 and M.A. in English in 1942 from Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, and Gamma Phi Beta. Elise later completed graduate work in education at Appalachian State University and in counseling at the University of Alabama.

Elise married Thomas B. Alexander in 1941 in Nashville, Tennessee. During 64 years of marriage, Elise and Tom made their home in a number of college towns. Elise enjoyed each new location, and quickly made friends and found satisfying teaching positions in each city. She was a dedicated and inspiring English teacher who maintained lifelong friendships with many of her students. She taught at Portal High School (Georgia) from 1950 to 1957, Brookwood High School (Alabama) from 1957 to 1960, and Tuscaloosa High School from 1960 to 1969. She was a counselor during her last years at Tuscaloosa High School and took great interest in the success of each student, including college admissions preparation.

In 1969, Elise began 41 years in her new home city of Columbia, Missouri. She was an active volunteer in many community organizations. She served many years as a dedicated alumna advisor to the University of Missouri chapter of Gamma Phi Beta. Elise's love of nature led to her enthusiastic membership in Central Missouri Rock and Lapidary.

Elise Alexander is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Wynne Alexander Guy and her husband Reed of Snoqualmie, WA; Elaine Alexander Gates of Sacramento, CA; and Carol Alexander Gajek and her husband Richard of Daphne, AL. She is survived by her grandchildren, Richard M. Guy, MD and his wife Lisa Ho, MD of Sacramento, CA; Elizabeth Alexander Guy of Seattle, WA; and Carolyn Alexander Gates, MD of Santa Monica, CA. Elise is also survived by her nephews and nieces, William, Katherine, Robert and Melanie McNutt, and their families of Corsicana and Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas B. Alexander; by her sisters, Virginia Pritchett Bivin and Josephine Pritchett McNutt; and by her son-in-law, Raymond A. Gates.

Family members wish to thank Elise's devoted friends and neighbors in Columbia, MO, and the compassionate staff of Aegis of Issaquah, WA, all of whom made her last years so enjoyable. Elise never lost her wonderful sense of humor.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, July 27th at 10 a.m., at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, TN, with a luncheon following in the Mount Olivet reception hall. Remembrances may be given to Central Missouri Food Bank, Central Missouri Humane Society, or to a .

Friends may sign the online guest book at

Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home, (425) 392-6444.

Published in The Tennessean from July 16 to July 20, 2014
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