Glyn Rose Kelly Alexander, age 82, of Cedar Creek passed away Wednesday night, January 30, 2013 at her home.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Emmet Ray Alexander; daughters, Jill Renee Alexander Diaz and husband Pete, Donna Alexander Grabs and husband Harold; a brother, Carl Kelly; and a sister, Jewel Kelly Bennight. Glyn was preceded in death by her mother, Julia Rathman Kelly; her father, William Murph Kelly; and her sisters, LaVerne Kelly Townsend and Eva Kelly Meehan.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, February 4, 2013 at Bastrop Providence Funeral Home in Bastrop. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the funeral home with burial following in Upper Cedar Creek Cemetery in Cedar Creek. A family reception will follow the ceremony at the Cedar Creek United Methodist Church, Cedar Creek, Texas.
Honorary Pallbearers are Ronnie Bennight, Geary Deen Townsend, and Tommy Ray Townsend. Pallbearers are Douglas Bennight, Marvin Gattis, Clayton Kelly, Jon Robinson, Keith Saegert, and Bubba Townsend.
Glyn Rose entered this world on the family ranch of the Kelly Place on August 7, l930. Glyn's childhood was filled with fun and laughter with her sisters and brother. They were always playing tricks on one another along with milking the cows and other daily country chores. Glyn walked or rode on horseback to a country two room school house in High Grove. In the year of l941, the Kelly family moved to Bastrop for continuing education of their children. It was in the height of World War II and Camp Swift Days had begun. It was the adventuring years of her life during this time. She was a beautiful teenage girl seeing the Bastrop area booming with all the war efforts. Like so many families did for the war effort s her mother rented rooms from their family home to the soldiers’ wives while their husbands were stationed at Camp Swift.
During her teenage years after school she worked at the Army Navy store helping the soldiers select the badges/ribbons for their uniforms. On the weekends she worked at a jewelry store owned by Sam Gurwitz. She loved working for the store owners. She often talked about what lovely and special people these were to her. After graduating from high school she began working as a telephone operator; she occasionally worked the night shift. She thoroughly enjoyed this job. She would often state that when a fire call came in she would have to activate the fire alarm that blared over the town.
After the war, she saw a handsome young cowboy participating in a calf roping contest, that’s all it took. They were introduced and the courtship began. In their first year of marriage they lived in Bastrop, and then they began their family and moved to their Cedar Creek ranch. So she began life in the country and returned to her country life once again.
Glyn and Emmet had their first daughter, Donna and then she began her devoted mother’s role. Glyn was very active as a homeroom mother for her daughters twelve years of education. She was loved by Donna's classmates. Being a homeroom mother meant a variety of special jobs and baking many, many cookies and desserts was one of them. Glyn was also a brownie troop leader, Girl Scout Leader. 4-H club leader, and was on various state 4-H committees. She was very active in Donna’s educational years. In l964, another daughter Jill Renee was born and her second job as mother continued. In Jill's formative years, Glyn once again merged her life in her second daughter's school activities. She was Jill's homeroom mother for another twelve years. Jill's classmates loved Glyn. Glyn Rose attended Jill's and Donna's class reunions and loved visiting with everyone. She was very active with Jill's interest in FFA and 4-H activities.
Glyn Rose was very active in projects close to her heart. She, alone, created a project called The Early Settlers’ Headstone Project for the Upper and Lower Cedar Creek Cemeteries. Realizing that many of the early settlers had no remaining relatives and that the wooden markers would deteriorate with the passage of time, she felt the need for the early settlers' graves to be marked with a headstone. She and her daughters have an annual raffle to raise funds for this project. She has worked on this project many years. Her efforts will move forward through her daughters.
Glyn Rose was proud of her Texas heritage and her Southern roots. She was active in several roles in The United Daughters of the Confederacy, which provides a scholarship to a deserving student. She was interested in Texas wildflowers projects. She believed in Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center and the Highway Beautification Program.
She was an elegant Texas Rose.