Dorothy Nell Alexander
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:00 pm
Dorothy Nell Alexander, 85, of San Diego, Calif., died December 20, 2011, at La Costa Glen Brook Hospice in Carlsbad, Calif.
Dorothy was born in Martin, Weakley County, Tennessee on August 29, 1926, where she spent her youth. Her parents were Brooks Brown Ketcham and Iola Fay Thorn.
Dorothy married Harry Norman Alexander of Martin, Tennessee, in 1946. Harry and Dorothy were married for 58 years when Harry passed away June 19, 2004.
In 1948 they moved to San Diego, Calif., where Dorothy was employed by General Dynamics Convair as Lead Lady of the Missile Program. She retired from Convair in 1963 and devoted the rest of her life to her family and home.
Dorothy was a very gifted seamstress and multi-crafter. Her crocheted and fabric creations were beautiful and full of love.
Dorothy contributed her layettes and clothing to many charities and foundations, Donald Sharps Children Hospital and North Coast Assistance League to name a few. Dorothy generously supported the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Dorothy enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. She had an extensive doll collection from all over the world and collected anything to do with her favorite movie “Gone With The Wind,” and her beloved 12-year old Yorkie she affectionately called “Rhett Butler”.
Throughout Dorothy’s life she opened her heart and home to anyone needing a meal and bed. Soldiers from all branches of the Armed Forces away from home became part of the family and lovingly called her “Ma”. Dorothy’s enormous heart touched more lives than could be mentioned
Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Judy Renee Fowler, 64, of San Diego, Calif., and Michele Diane Alexander, 48, of San Diego, Calif.; grandson, Johnny Southwell Wright, Jr., 45, of San Diego, Calif. Dorothy leaves behind many family and friends who will dearly miss her and her beautiful smile.
Inurnment Services will be held at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, Calif. Neptune Society is in charge of the private service and arrangements.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at San Diego Hospice, Glen Brook, as well as the staff at Donald Sharps Hospital and family physician, Dr. Donald Tecca for their compassionate care of our beloved mother and grandmother.