DOROTHY R. ALEXANDER
Dorothy R. Alexander was born August 28, 1936 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the third child of Joseph and Carrie Gooden. She grew up in North Kansas City but began her education bussed to Kansas City where she attended Garrison Elementary School. Her family moved to Kansas City in the late 40’s. She did attend Wendell Phillips School, R.T. Coles, and Lincoln High School (graduated in 1955). In the late 60’s she attended Penn Valley College and Rockhurst College where she received a bachelor’s degree. Dorothy married Sgt. James Blair Alexander, Jr. of Uhrichsville, Ohio. She was married in September 1961. To their union one child was born, Carrie J. Alexander-Obi. Dorothy’s husband, James Alexander, was killed in action in the Vietnam War February 10, 1965 (leaving Dorothy a very young widow with a Purple Heart, also a Gold Star Widow). Dorothy had many talents and jobs. She was an educator for Kansas City, MO schools. However, she worked at historic Attucks School for over 30 years until her retirement. She was very active in her club as President, Club Les Chamonte. She was also President of Niles Home Auxiliary for 25 years. She was a Sunday school teacher and member of the Senior Choir at her church, St. Stephen Baptist Church. She was also a helping hand for family members, she went on many cruises, and loved traveling across the world. Dorothy was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, great aunt, cousin and a friend. She gave many gifts of love and wisdom to help enrich their lives in numerous ways. She is survived by her daughter, Carrie J. Alexander-Obi (Richard) of Kansas City, MO; granddaughters: Brionna Williams of Kansas City, MO and Dorothee Alexander of Kansas City, MO; three great grandsons: Marland Cooper II, Faraoh Prince-Lee Jackson and Maurice Seidel V; one sister, Mary E. Cornelison of Virginia (Charles, Chief Deputy Marshal of the United States Supreme Court . . . Washington, D.C. now deceased); sisters-in-law: Lee Esther Gooden of Kansas City, MO; Shirley Webster of Youngstown,Ohio; Phyllis Greene of Canton,Ohio; Minnnie Brown of Uhrichsville, Ohio; Linda Alexander of Buffalo, NY; Priscilla(Leroy Barrino) of Canton,Ohio;Barbara Alexander of Canton, Ohio; Janet Collins of Canton, Ohio; beloved nieces: Dr. Donna Hopkins (John) of Kansas City, MO; Carolyn Findley (Bruce) of California; Carmen Cornelison of Virginia; and Telicia Gooden of Kansas City, MO; dedicated nephews: Joseph W. Zachary of Blue Springs, MO; David J. Zachary of Kansas City, MO; Charles Cornelison (Brenda) of Virginia; and Derek Cornelison of Virginia; she leaves a host of nieces and nephews in Ohio. Cousins the Paul Family and a host of cousins in Shreveport, LA who were always concerned about Dorothy’s progress. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at St. Stephen Baptist Church 1414 Truman Rd. KCMO. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Interment 1:30 p.m. Leavenworth National Cemetery.
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