Barbara Ann Bowen Alexander, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother quietly passed away Saturday February 15, 2014 at the age of 82 years. Barbara was born on May 31, 1931 in Providence, Rhode Island. She traveled the world as a loving and supportive military wife, retired in Virginia and resided in Baton Rouge for the last five years of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Colonel (USAF Ret.) Gerald F. Alexander, her parents, Francis A. & Kathrine O'Connor Bowen and sister, Caroline Bowen Brassil. Barbara is survived by her 10 children: Gail A. Alexander and husband Malcolm of Baton Rouge, LA; Col. (USAF Ret) Gerald F. Alexander, Jr. and wife Barbara of Fairfax, VA; Kathryn A. Chelette and husband Ted (USA CW4 Ret) of Fayetteville, NC; Mark B. Alexander and wife Lea of Honolulu, HI; Daniel J. Alexander of North Richland Hills, TX; Lisa A. Dodd and husband Christopher (CW5 Ret) of Melbourne, FL; John K. Alexander and wife Gwen of Duluth, GA; Susan A. Young of Louisville, KY; Julia A. Roberts and husband Ronald of Aberdeen, Scotland; Michael W. Alexander of Richmond, VA; her 24 grandchildren: Brian Alexander, Sarah & Brandon Hyde and Emily & Paul Mayer PhD; Michael, Anne, Connor and Ryan Alexader; Jessica & Stewart Todd, Leah & Gabe Benor and Alexandra & James Starnes; Mark, Michiko & Matthew Alexander; Amanda & Matthew McMurphy and Audrey Alexander; Nathan & Ami Dodd; Kevin Alexander; Lauren & Brian Carroll and Caitlin, Jeffrey and Jude Young; John, Kara and Cole Roberts; her 10 great grandchildren: Ava & Alexander Hyde; Luke & Adeline Mayer; Bowen, Henry & Frederick Todd; Daly McMurphy; Ella & Zoey Dodd; and a brother, Kevin Francis Bowen and children Christopher & Shannon of Chicago, Illinois; and many nieces, nephews and friends. A special thanks to Jeannie Hebert, Baton Rouge Hospice and Always Best Care Services. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home Friday, February 21 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 am at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Clifton Hill presiding. Internment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Missionaries of Charity, St. Agnes Church, 749 East Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Please visit the guest book at www.rabenhorst.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 19 to Feb. 23, 2014
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