Bea Alexander, daughter of Arthur and Hilda Fisher of Copeland, was born Sept. 5, 1925 and transitioned from her physical body to Spirit Feb. 23, 2013. She married Norman Alexander, her childhood sweetheart, Jan. 28, 1945 in Dodge City. They enjoyed over 50 years together. Norman passed away on June 26, 1999.
She is survived by three children, Cyndie Alexander, Youngtown, Ariz., Dennis Alexander, Albuquerque, N.M., and Natalie Khayat, Stamford, Conn.; a grandson, Christopher Alexander, Bozeman, Mont.; another grandson, Darren Alexander, preceded her in death in 1998; a great-granddaughter, Ariana Lipkind, Missoula, Mont.; three sisters Adeline Beck, Scottsdale, Ariz., Laura Mills, Bloomington, Ind., Judykay Kohler and husband Ken, Charlotte, N.C.; and a brother Tony Fisher and his wife Joyce, Copeland.
During the many years that Bea and her husband lived in Kansas, she kept the records for the Alexander Farm Corporation and later, when her children were grown and attending college, she went to work as a bookkeeper for the Unified School District for a number of years. She was a devoted and loving mother who always placed her children’s needs and desires ahead of her own. When the children were young, she served as a Sunday school teacher in the Methodist Church in Copeland, a Scout leader, sang in the church choir. Her family has always been the most important highlight in her life. She and Norman loved both ballroom and square dancing and belonged to an active pinochle club.
When they retired and moved to Sun City, Ariz. in 1978, they joined the Willowbrook United Methodist Church. Bea soon discovered that she had a wonderful talent for china painting. Over the years, she created many beautiful pieces that have been gifted to friends and family. In December of 2000, Bea moved into the retirement community of Freedom Plaza.
She was indeed as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Bea would be upset if we failed to mention that she was also one of the Phoenix Suns basketball team’s more ardent fans. She now resides among the angels, and has joined other family members in eternal life.
“When the body weeps for that which it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has gained.”
Please celebrate and honor her life with us during her memorial service at 2 p.m. April 4, 2013 at the Chapel in Willowbrook United Methodist Church, 19390 N. 99th Ave., Sun City AZ .
Another “Celebration of Life” service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Copeland Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at the Copeland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of the West, 21410 N. 19th Ave., Ste. 100, Phoenix, AZ 85027.
Swaim Funeral Chapel of Sublette is in charge of local arrangements. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.