Constance “Connie” Theresa ALEXANDER passed away September 2, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinsons.
Connie was 85 years old and lived in Seattle for most of her life. She was the only child of William and Cleo “Dolly” Duyck and granddaughter of Con and Catherine Collier.
Mr. Collier was a Seattle pioneer and businessman and made his fortune as a sourdough in Alaska. He founded the Last Chance Saloon on First and Denny and owned grocery stores in West Seattle. Connie grew up in the Depression and learned the value of hard work and how to stretch a dollar.
She attended Adams grade school and graduated from Ballard High School. During World War II, she worked at Ballard Shipbuilding making P.T. boats. Connie attended Business School and was private secretary to O.D. Fisher and his son Ken Fisher at Fisher Flour Mills for 15 years.
In 1957, Connie married Richard “Dick” J. Alexander. They began their married life in Salinas, CA where Dick was stationed at Fort Ord, CA. With the birth of their first child Alexis, they moved back to Seattle and two more children followed, Steve and Gina. With the help of phonics and the comics, Connie taught the kids how to read before they started school. Connie was a passionate gardener and an accomplished needle worker. She spun her own wool and belonged to the Pacific Needle work Guild for many years. She and Dick square danced with the Bonnets and Bows Square Dance Club in Ballard. Later they traveled extensively and began living in Indio, CA during the winters. Connie is survived by her husband of 56 years, her three children and 5 grandchildren.
Recitation of the Rosary will be said Friday, September 6th at 7:00 PM at Hoffner Fisher & Harvey and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 7th at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Guadaloupe 7000 35th Ave SW, Seattle 98126.
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