Carol Ann Coventry Alexander

September 22, 1938May 17, 2012

Hanford resident Carol Ann Alexander, 73, passed away May 17, 2012, in Hanford, after a courageous battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Carol attended Roosevelt High School class of 1956, in Fresno. Where she was Senior class Secretary, and a member of the Y-Debs rally committee and Job’s Daughters. Soon after graduating Carol married Bob Alexander and settled in Fresno, Ca. In 1958 Bob and Carol moved to Hanford, where they remained until their passing.

Carol will be best remembered for spending time with her grandchildren, her cooking and gardening skills. Carol and her husband Bob loved to travel and spent time boating on the Delta and lakes around California, deer hunting in Utah, and RV’n in Baja, Mexico. Her grandchildren have fond memories of being included on some of the fishing trips. Carol also enjoyed playing bridge, sewing and needle point, reading romance novels, and taking early morning walks. Carol is survived by her five children; Mark Alexander (Linda) of Elk Grove, Scott Alexander (Deleen) of Fresno, Catherine Castaneda (Adolph) of Hanford, Kyle Alexander (Erin) of Manteca, and Neil Alexander (Mindy) of Manteca; her brother Ken Coventry of Fresno and sister Lynn Tokash (Moby) of Johnson City, TN., nineteen Grandchildren and six Great-Grandchildren. Preceding her in passing was her husband Robert Bell Alexander, daughter Karen Alexander, grand-daughter Cassidy Alexander, and her parents William and Alice Coventry

There will be no public services; Carol’s family encourages friends and loved ones to take time to enjoy life and all that it offers. The Alexander/Castaneda family would also like to say Thank you to Dr Leon and staff, Emma Faulk from Compassionate Home Heath, and Kings Adult Day care for providing such exceptional care and compassion for our mother.

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln“

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May 30, 2012

Alexander Family, we had many great laughs on the soccer field sidelines with your mother. Her humor lives on in all of us. Love to all of you.
Carol & Jerry Gregory

Penny Davis

May 29, 2012

I too graduated with Carol in the class of '56. After reading the guest book entries I remembered what I most appreciated about Carol. She had a beautiful smile; as her daughter said it lit up the room. What an amazing legacy: to have such big challenges in her life and still be cheerful and grateful. I pray God will bless all of you and that your wonderful memories will bring you much comfort. Penny Davis (Powell)

Nancy Schedler Henry

May 28, 2012

My husband Jim and I send condolences to all of Carol's family--so sorry to hear of Carol's passing. As classmates of Carol's at Roosevelt High School we will cherish our fun high school memories. Jim was also a Longfellow Junior High School classmate of Carol's.

Marty Olson

May 28, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the family & friends of Carol. She was a wonderful person.

Marty Olson
A Roosevelt HS RoughRider Classmate of 1956

Lora Azevedo-Sotelo

May 28, 2012

Mrs. Alexander was the blocks most awesome party planner and shared many a creative idea with my grandmother for almost all our school days at Monroe. Her creativity and love was SO evident in everything she did. She made some of the best memories of my childhood just a bit, bigger, and certainly brighter. My sincere condolences to you all...

Polly (King) Ritchie

May 28, 2012

Carol was one of my best friends in high school & I'm so sorry that, after moving away from Fresno, we lost touch! My condolences to all of her family especially Kenny. It sounds like she had a great life & I'm sure will be missed by all. Love, Polly

George Brown

May 28, 2012

Not only was Carol a very kind and considerate person, I found her to be extremely bright. She was a very smart lady. She and Bob had a nice life together and I would visit them on occasion when I had the Beacon Oil account. My condolences to the family. As a classmate at RHS we all had high esteem for Carol and Bob.

Myrna Meek Pilkerton

May 28, 2012

Carol was a classmate of my husband and I, class of 1956. She was always so much fun and a happy person. God bless her and take care of her until we meet again. Myrna Meek Pilkerton and Robert Pilkerton

Catherine Castaneda

May 23, 2012

A life lesson: My mom and I had gone to St Agnes Hospital for the hundredth time it seemed, for her speech therapy. She had lost the ability to speak because of her throat cancer and was now trying to learn how to use a special voice apparatus on her trach. But with Alzehemiers making it difficult to understand that she needed to breathe a different way for the voice apparatus to work, surly made this an uphill battle. We were leaving the speech therapy and I to myself thinking "we came all the way here for nothing again!!!", "I still have to go to work", "house is a mess" just negative all the way around. So we headed out onto Herndon and of course stopping at every light, my anger slowly growing knowing all that I still had to do that day and knowing again speech therapy was a failure. At the last light before the freeway (stopped of course) a woman began to cross the road, she was a disheveled and pushing a grocery cart. I could hear that my mom was saying something, I turned to read her lips and she was saying "we are so lucky". It was at that moment that the tears began to roll, here is my mom who had recently lost her husband, was diagnosed with cancer and Alzeheimers, lost the ability to speak and could no longer could care for herself and she still considered herself lucky. I began to reflect not only on my selfish thoughts and realized we had so much to be thankful for...time together(priceless), family and friends, healthcare, roof over our heads, food on the table, laughter, etc.... It was from that point on I began to count my blessings and change my attitude to a more positive outlook on life. We were truly lucky to have such a beautiful, family oriented, strong woman who's smile could brighten anyone's day in all of our lives our mom/grandma.

Brandi Valentine

May 22, 2012

Rest in Peace auntie Carol. I love you and we will see each other once again.