May 12, 1933 – July 5, 2020
D. Louise (Alexander) Irvin, 87, passed away on July 5, 2020, at Story Medical Senior Care in Nevada.
Louise was born May 12, 1933 to Royal John and Zelphia (Yardley) Alexander in Pollock, Missouri. When she was very young, the family moved to Story County, Iowa, where she was raised and graduated from Ames High School in 1951. She was united in marriage to Lowell Irvin on November 11, 1956. To this union, five children were born.
She was employed by the USDA National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames as part of the national and international training programs from 1973 until her retirement in 1995. A member of LifePointe Church (formerly First Assembly of God) in Ames, Louise was a devoted Christian and spent her life spreading the word of Christ. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and participating in Women's Ministries. She also held Bible studies and church gatherings in her retirement community. She found much comfort and joy in prayer, worship, and song.
Louise was a loving sister, mother, and grandmother, and is survived by her children: Lea Ann Hobbs of Garwin, Karen of San Francisco, CA, Teresa Dale (Dave Bradley) of Nevada, David (Sharon) of Lincoln, NE, and Laura of Nevada; her grandchildren: Justin Middle (Nicole Corso) of Las Vegas, NV, Ashley Middle (Matt Hall) of Polk City; Amanda Dale of Yankton, SD, Dylan Hoefer of Nevada, Larissa and Lowell Irvin of Lincoln, NE, and Rhea and Paige Strong of Nevada; two brothers: Ron (TaeSan) Alexander of Huntsville, AL, and Jerry (Mattie) Alexander of Punta Gorda, FL; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Dean, Carroll, infant Keith, and Bill; sisters Colleen Jensen, Ruby Frangos, and Marilyn Van Patter; and nephew Steven Alexander.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Story Medical Senior Care Activities Fund.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family is having a private burial.
Private Graveside Service
July 11, 2020
Louise was a gentle and kind soul who loved Jesus and others. She was a faithful friend who loved and encouraged all who knew her. She was actually strategic in getting JF and me together 42 years ago. When she discovered JF was hitchhiking from Nevada to Ames to attend church, she would pick him up and bring him until he had a vehicle. When our baby Ruth was born in Cartegena, Colombia, S.Am., she came down with my sister Ramona. She slept on the tile floor of our unairconditioned HOT house. If you look closely at the picture included here, you can see her bed on the floor behind her. She was not a complainer. She loved Jesus and was a loving, compassionate, and encouraging influence in our lives ❤
July 10, 2020
I have so many great memories of Aunt Louise. She was a great teacher when it came to cooking. I absolutely loved her watermelon pickles. If you had a life problem, she was a good person to talk to. You always felt better after talking to her. The great love she had for our Lord and Saviour was compelling. I loved our conversations about scripture.
I will miss my aunt dearly. May God take her in his arms and bless her for eternity.
July 9, 2020
My office was next to Louise’s office at the USDA. Louise was a nice quiet Christian lady. I always enjoyed Louise. May God bless her memory.