Joanne Gray Alexander


Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2006


  Joanne Gray Alexander

Joanne Gray Alexander

Longtime Alaskan and Anchor Point resident Joanne Gray Alexander died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at her home in Anchor Point. She was 65.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at the Anchor Point Senior Citizens Center.

Ms. Alexander was born Aug. 17, 1940 in Portland, Ore. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Salem, Ore. in 1958. She later attended Marylhurst College. Following her love for gardening, she attained a horticulture degree in Alaska.

Ms. Alexander moved to Whittier in 1977 and later settled in Anchor Point. She captained two commercial fishing boats for many years. She was a mainstay for years at the Sour Dough Express, where she impacted everyone she came in contact with. She also had many friends in the community. Her passion was dog mushing. She bred and trained sled dogs, owning 40 dogs at the time of her death. She loved nature and the expansive beauty of her adopted state, Alaska.

Ms. Alexander was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Evelyn Gray.

She is survived by her brother, Mark Gray; son, Tim Nelson; daughter, Michelle Nelson; grandchildren,Shamone Powe, Eric Powe, MeShauna Powe, Deonte Powe, Shameka Nelson, Taylor Connor and Jaruby Nelson; five nieces and many friends.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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