Alice Alexander

  • - Christine Kelly

Longtime Alaska resident Alice Simmons Alexander died in Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. 31, 2011. Visitation will be Thursday, June 16, at the Evergreen Memorial Chapel, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at the Evergreen Memorial Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday, with interment following at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Her final resting place will be alongside her husband of 58 years, Harold F. "Alex" Alexander, who predeceased her in 2005.

Mrs. Alexander was born on June 4, 1922, in Augusta Ga.; her formative years were spent in Atlanta. Alice, a young dance instructor, met Alex, a dashing young GI and college student, in 1946. Their lifelong romance began, and marriage followed shortly thereafter. The young family resided in Atlanta, and later in Baton Rouge, La. In 1977, Alice and Alex relocated to Alaska, which they thereafter claimed as home. The couple became prominent fixtures, working with the Anchorage Concert Association, various church congregations and a multitude of charitable organizations.

In 1992, following Alex' retirement as Superintendent of Pipeline Operations, they were able to indulge their passion for international travel.

Their retirement years proved to be one of the busiest phases of Alice's life. Her strong and steadfast faith, both with her husband and following her own paths of interest, led the couple to extensive travels with the Rev. J. Vernon McGee (through the Bible Radio). In later years, Alice and Alex were cornerstones in the worldwide "Answers in Genesis" ministry, alongside the Rev. Ken Ham. They were co-chairmen for two major Answers in Genesis conferences in Anchorage, as well as participating in Australia. This spiritual legacy spans several decades, and many continents.

Alice is fondly remembered for many things, including a quick and agile mind, and a lively sense of humor. She is survived by her four children: Aneida A. Alexander, Harold F. Alexander, Jr., J. Christopher Alexander, and Lon F. Alexander. She was also the dearest grandmother to 10 grandchildren, ranging in age from 40 years to 5 months old, as well as seven great-grandchildren. At her request, donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to: Answers in Genesis, P.O. Box 510, Hebron, KY 41048.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 15 to June 18, 2011