13 October, 1940 – 30 July, 2021
Myra (Young) Alexander of Foxboro, MA, formerly of Cranston, RI, entered into rest on Friday, July 30, 2021 at the age of 80. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
Born in the Bronx, NY, she grew up in Elmont, Long Island. Myra was the loving daughter of the late Dave and Etta (Chamlin) Young and a loving sister to her brother, the late Michael Young.
Myra was the beloved wife of David Alexander, with whom she shared over 60 years of marriage. Devoted mother to Janet Alexander, Marcy Harris, and Gary Alexander. Cherished grandmother of Ike, Ethan, Libby, Dylan, and Gideon (G.G.). She also leaves behind an adored canine companion, her Chihuahua, Bianca. She will be missed and remembered by beloved family members across this country and Israel, and dear friends, many of whom are from her college days.
Myra received her bachelor’s degree in education from Queens College and enjoyed her years teaching in elementary school in Connecticut. After raising her children, she continued her education and earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Assumption College. She was a dedicated social worker for the state of Rhode Island for 20 years.
Myra deeply loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them, playing games with them and teaching them how to bake chocolate chip cookies. She was an avid reader who was passionate about the no kill animal rescue movement. She enjoyed traveling to new places. Myra fought lung cancer for more than 14 years, before succumbing to the disease. Her family is most grateful to the staff at Dana Farber Cancer Center, especially the compassion and care of Myra's oncologist Dr. Michael Rabin which allowed her family to enjoy many years with her, despite her diagnosis. Her family is also grateful to the staff at Old Colony Hospice, most especially her nurse Jess and personal attendant Erica whose compassion, love and kindness allowed Myra to remain comfortable at home during her last days.
Graveside services will be held at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham Street, Sharon on Sunday, August 1 at 1:45 PM. Please gather at the Sharon Memorial Park administration building prior to the service start time.
For those who are unable to attend, the services will be live streamed on Sunday, August 1st at 1:45PM at the following link:
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to organizations Myra supported including Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org or Dana Farber Cancer Center www.dana-farber.org.
Services Will Be Livestreamed
Sunday, 1 August , 2021
12 August 2021
Myra is the daughter of my father's sister. She is my first cousin. She was my baby sitter and served as my care giver as I grew up.
Although we lived in separate states for the last 50 years we kept a strong and loving relationship.
I will miss her more than I can express.
I will see her again in Heaven.
2 August 2021
My old friends, the Alexander family,
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
I was so saddened at hearing of Mrs. A's passing. Having met you all almost 50 years ago, I have many fond memories of times spent together, especially the numerous Passover Seders. My parents truly treasured the friendship of our families. I was with mom in RI yesterday, and we would have attended the service, albeit virtually, but unfortunately did not learn the news until later in the day. Rest assured, my next cake ball will be in her memory.
May you be comforted among the rest of the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem
Hamakom yenakhem etekhem betokh shaar avelay tziyon viyrushalayim.
הַמָּקוֹם יְנַחֵם אֶתְכֶם בְּתוֹךְ שְׁאָר אֲבֵלֵי צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם
1 August 2021
Mr. A, Janet, Marcy, Gary, and family,
We are so deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Mrs. A. It was like she was a part of our family too; so many wonderful holidays spent together (even if we did always forget to serve the vegetables). Myra will always be in our hearts, and will truly be missed ❤.
Love, Cheryl, Don and Cameron Adessi and Toby Horowitz
1 August 2021
A truly touching remembrance of a truly wonderful person.
Baruch dayan ha'emes.
1 August 2021
This photo is Myra with GG as an infant in October of 2010.
Susy (Kagen) Walker
31 July 2021
Dear David, Janet, Marcy & Gary,
I am so sad to hear about Myra/your mom. I remember her well when growing up in Great Neck: family gatherings at Ma's (Aunt Claire), Aunt Francis' in Orangeburg (along with Aunt Betty, your mother/grandmother) or at the other Alexanders in Flushing Meadows. She was always kind with a sharp sense of humor.
Back then, us kids were not part of the adults' conversations so I learned a lot about Myra and her life reading this lovely tribute.
Even though we may be given time to prepare for our loved one's passing, it is still heartbreaking when they do leave us. I hope that with time, your sadness will turn to happy memories when you think of her.
From across the miles (and years), I send my condolences on your loss. Your cousin, Susy ( Lenore's daughter)
31 July 2021
one evening all of the cousins gathered at Aunt Betty's house in Kew Gardens. we attempted to make a chocolate layer cake. all the parts were made, the only problem was that the top layer kept sliding off. the laughter and craziness of the evening is a cherished memory. Myra was right in the middle of the screaming and yelling.