Belva Jaye Alexander, 85, went to be with her Heavenly Father early Monday morning, April 20, 2020. Belva was born in Gatesville, Texas, the first of four children to Lawrence and Ruby Fisher on Christmas Eve in 1934. She attended schools in Gatesville, Whitney, and graduated from Belton High School the Class of ’53. Before graduation, she met Wilford Alexander and the two began dating during their junior and senior years. After graduation, she attended Durham Business College, while working for the City of Belton. On February 26, 1954, she married her high school sweetheart and together they celebrated 66 years. In 1957, the young couple moved to Tacoma, Washington while Wilford served in the United States Army. While living in Tacoma, they welcomed their first child, Keith in 1959. That same year they left Washington and moved to Elgin, where she began working with Lawson Rivers at the Cotton Exchange. In 1961, the couple welcomed their second child, Karol. Shortly after, Belva then began a 30 plus year career with the State of Texas until her retirement in 1999. In her retirement, she worked for the ACME Brick Company for over five years.
Belva loved to travel and spend time with her grandchildren. Belva and Wilford traveled all over the country, fishing, camping, and sight-seeing. She enjoyed spending time in the yard, growing beautiful flowers. She especially loved the holidays, where she would decorate the inside and out with festive arrangements and ornaments. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Elgin.
Belva is preceded in death by both her parents; her sister, Eva Ann Galloway; and her grandson, Kevin Alexander. She leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved husband, Wilford; her son, Keith Alexander and wife Bobbe; and daughter, Karol and husband Rodney Jarmon; her four grandchildren, Casey and husband Terry Thames, Kristen and husband James Oates, Donavon Jarmon, and Meagan and husband Dylan Green; five great-grandchildren, Alex, Kaitlynn, Blake, Tayler, and Kaylee; two sisters, Peggy and husband Jerry Bloomer and Doris and husband Doug Lillard; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
She will lie in state Friday, April 24th at Pleasant Grove Cemetery from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. A private Graveside Service will follow at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Dwight Reagan presiding.
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