Thelma Alexander

HERMISTON — Thelma Alexander died Tuesday, April 24, at the Good Samaritan Center in Hermiston where she had been a resident for many years.

Preceding her in death was her only child, Richard Alexander; her parents, Presley Patterson Marsh; her two husbands, Frank Alexander and Charles Castile; and five brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Alice Alexander of Hermiston; and grandchildren and their spouses: Alexis and Corey Christianson of Richland, Wash., Angela and Todd Shepard of Kennewick, Wash., and Allison Alexander of Seattle, Wash.

Born in South Greenfield, Mo., and married there, Thelma moved to Wolcott, Wyo., with her husband, Frank, who worked for the railroad. They moved several times over the years and Thelma worked at different times as a seamstress, saleswoman, postal clerk and piano teacher. During World War II, they moved to the coast where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter.”

Thelma loved animals and was an outspoken advocate for the Humane Society. Through the years, she was also a political activist who wrote articles and spoke often about political issues. She loved gardening, fishing and doing beautiful handwork. She was a long-time member of the Baptist Church. Music was a passion. Her driving was notorious. Her colorful personality will not be easily forgotten.

Those who wish may make memorials to the Humane Society in Thelma’s name.

A graveside service was held Thursday, April 26, at the Hermiston Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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