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Alexander - Mary Greene


Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana May 13, 1932

Mrs. John S. Alexander, who has been in poor health for some time, died about noon on Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles M. Moore. Her maiden name was Mary E. Greene and she was born in Lawrence County 82 years ago. She married Mr. Alexander Nov 22, 1866. They lived for a time in Greencastle, but for the past 50 years her home has been near Portland Mills. Mr. Alexander died March 8, 1923. For the past 10 years she has made her home with Mrs. Moore. The children are: DP Alexander of Gary; WS and MV Alexander of Indianapolis, Mrs. Carrie Ratcliff and Mrs. ME Koffel of Frankfort, Mrs. Della Davis of Greencastle and Mrs. Moore of Waveland. There are nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She has a sister, Mrs. Anna Barlow in Los Angeles, California. Funeral services this afternoon at 2 at the Union Church of which congregation she was a member in charge of Rev E.L. Day of Martinsville. Burial at Maple Ridge Cemetery. - kbz

Source: Waveland Independent Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana Friday, May 20, 1932

On Friday afternoon, May 13, the friends of Mrs. Mary E. ALEXANDER gathered at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles MOORE, for a brief funeral service. At the request of the deceased, Mrs. Rossie Spencer, Mrs. Blanche Bellas and Edna Scribner, rendered, Oh Come Angel Band and Lord, I'm Coming Home, with Mrs. Ama Gardner at the piano. Rev. Victor Keiser pastor of the Methodist Church read the 23rd Psalm, which Mrs. Alexander had repeated with one of her daughters, during her last conscious moments, followed by prayer. The body was then taken to Union Chapel Church. Mrs. Alexander and her family have long been identified with this community, and their untiring efforts of this church of which they were members. Appreciative neighbors filled the building to its capacity. While Mrs. Gardner played Meditation by Morrison, 12 flower bearers, the grandchildren and great grandchildren entered. Tiny hands, scarcely able to carry their offering, youth, with the heavier burden of flowers, filled all available space with these mute expressions of sympathy. A wheel with two broken spokes represented the family whose father had preceded the mother in death. The casket was borne by the sons and sons-in-law, followed by the four daughters. The trio sang, There'll be no Disappointments in Heaven and The End of the Road. Rev. EL Day of the Martinsville Christian Church, offered prayer. His discourse was touched with deep personal sorrow as he recalled the association with the family that had lasted through 40 years. He portrayed this saintly woman as a true example of the type of mother the scripture uses again and again to illustrate its finest truths. To the soft strains of Some Sweet Day, the congregation took their last look at the beautiful tenement of clay. In one of the favored spots of this part of Indiana she was tenderly laid away. In the rich glory of the spring time, typical of the new realm into which her spirit had entered and a stillness broken only by the twittering of birds, and the low voice of the minister. May there be no moaning of the bar When I put out to sea. The casket was lowered. We turned away realizing that the next time we saw her it would be in Heaven. Mary Elizabeth GREENE, daughter of Thomas and Christina Greene was born in Lawrence County, Indiana Feb 14, 1850. Before she reached the age of 5, she was left an orphan, thus making her childhood life one of uncertainty and devoid of loving parental guidance. Under such conditions her homes were various. At the age of 16 she was united in marriage to John S. Alexander. To this union were born 8 children, 7 surviving, all residing in Indiana; DP of Gary; Mrs. Carry Ratcliff and Mrs. ME Koffel of Frankfort; Mrs. Dellie Davis of Greenecastle; WS and EV of Indianapolis and Mrs. Charles Moore. She leaves also 10 grandchildren and six greats. She with her family moved from Lawrence County to Greencastle in 1874 then to Portland Mills in 1881, where through her interest in practically all with whom she came in contact, she was mutually known as Ma Alex. In 1921 the home at Portland Mills was destroyed by fire, and her remaining years were lived at Milligan & Waveland with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Charles Moore. At the latter place she quietly slipped away May 11, 1932 to join the companion of her youth, who went to his reward March 8, 1923. - kbz

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