Helen Alexander, 80

Helen L. Alexander, age 80, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born Sept. 16, 1929, in Columbia City, Ind., a daughter of the late Thomas and Nancy (Huff) Marker.

On July 1, 1967, she married Dwight E. Alexander in LaGrange, Ind. He preceded her in death March 28, 2004.

Helen had been employed as a dietitian for Sturgis Hospital, retiring in the early 1990s.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed the Sturgis Senior Center, volunteering for the Hospital Guild, crafts and going for motorcycle and bike rides with her late husband.

Surviving are four daughters, Sandra L. (Ray) Cordova of Albuquerque, N.M., Pamela M. (Adam) Messer of Knox, Ind., Alice E. Ellsworth of Glenn Fork, Ky., and Rebecca A. “Becky” Alexander of Hillsdale; an adopted son, Mike (Julie) Burkey of Three Rivers; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jeannette Rowan of Logansport, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Ruth.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Services celebrating the life of Helen Alexander will be held immediately following the visitation at 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. James Bender, First Baptist Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorial donations be directed to the Salvation Army or Pet Haven. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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