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Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel & Cemetery

7301 East Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX

OBITUARY

Shirley Johnette Alexander

January 14, 1935October 3, 2019

Shirley Johnette Alexander, 84, passed away October 3, 2019 surrounded by family. Johnette was born January 14, 1935 in Fort Worth, Texas to Edmond and Mildred Conley, the seventh of eight children. She graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1952 and married her high school sweetheart Cecil Alexander in 1953. Cecil and Johnette attended Baylor University, where she graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. A devoted educator, Johnette went on to teach music and art for elementary schools in Fort Worth ISD for nearly 40 years. Throughout her life, Johnette loved the Lord and served him with her various talents, beginning at age 16 where she played the piano for Poly Baptist Church. She also taught Sunday school, played the organ, and led the handbell choir. Besides teaching and music, some of Johnette’s favorite activities included cheering for her Baylor Bears, organizing mission opportunities and hosting family get-togethers. She is survived by her husband, Cecil of 66 years; daughter Debbie Harris, and son-in-law Steve; daughter Melissa Saenz, and son-in-law Martin; daughter Cecille Davis and son-in-law Tom; son Brett Alexander and daughter-in-law Julie; daughter Allyson Harrell and son-in-law Joel; sister Connie Thomas and brother-in-law Russell; and nine grandchildren, Chad Dyer and wife Marcia; Zac Harris; Brandon Bellows and wife Sarah; Tamara Mader and husband Joey; Spencer Davis and wife Lindsey; Kelli Davis; Jordan, Brady and Lauren Alexander; seven great-grandchildren, Parker and Quinn Dyer; Elsie and Rosalie Bellows; Elliott Mader; Adilynn and Kinley Davis; her younger sister Connie Thomas and husband Russell and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 6 siblings, and grandson Bryan Dyer.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Sandra Shipp

October 10, 2019

“At the last, this is what will determine a fulfilling, meaningful life—a life that, behind all the facades, every one of us longs to live: gratitude for the blessings that expresses itself by becoming the blessing .” *
Johnette became the blessing for so very many of us. The blessings continue in our memories of her.

*One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp

Cynthia Adkins

October 7, 2019

Cecil and Family,
I have so many fond memories of Johnette from working with her at Atwood. She was a very special lady and will be greatly missed. She touched many lives and was a true Christian.
May you and you family be blessed with peace and comfort.
Cindy Adkins

Margaret W. Campbell

October 7, 2019

To Cecil and Johnette's family,
I was so so sorry to hear about Johnette. She was a very special lady and friend. My heart goes out to you, Cecil, and to your family. Blessings and comfort. Much love from Margaret Campbell

kathleen white-kelly

October 4, 2019

Johnette is someone that I have always respected and admired from the days I was in high school to the days we worked together in church music as adults. We had baby girls the same year (1977) and shared many dear conversations. She was extremely talented and creative. There are too many memories to list...playing piano-organ duets, playing hand bells, swimming lessons for the kids, trips to Worth ranch during boy scout camp, teaching my children at Atwood...such a mentor to me! I am thankful that I knew her here on earth and will see her again in heaven. To her many family members: I feel your loss and grieve with you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY