Elizabeth "Betty" W. Alexander

June 22, 1923January 11, 2013

Elizabeth W. “Betty” Alexander, 89, of Franklin, passed away on Friday January 11, 2013 at the AO Fox Memorial Hospital with her loving family at her side.

She was born on June 22, 1923 in Kingston the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Toth) Wygal. She married Charles S. Alexander, Jr. on March 14, 1943, and he predeceased her on August 7, 2005.

Betty graduated from the Poughkeepsie High School, and furthered her education at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

She was a loving and caring person, and enjoyed sharing precious times with her family, especially her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Betty cherished her associations and friendships, and was instrumental in creating the Alexander-Smith hospitality tent at the Old Franklin Days.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Franklin.

Betty is survived by her children, Nancy Smith, and her husband, Jim of Franklin, Jack Alexander, and his wife Lynn of Crossville TN, and Judy Smith, and her husband Don of Black Creek, NC; 8 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren.

She is also survived by a sister, Mary Ann Maurer of Franklin, and a brother, Joseph Wygel of Menands.

A funeral and committal service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, NY with Rev. Mary Upright, officiating. Burial will be in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Emergency Squad, Franklin, NY 13775, or the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 17, 2013

Elizabeth "Betty" W. Alexander

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Bill & Phyllis Denny

January 28, 2013

Please accept our sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all of you. We are unable to attend the service as we are in Florida.

January 17, 2013

To the Alexander family,
We were unable to attend the service but your hearts and prayers are with you. Our Deepest Sympathy, Jack and Ann Law

January 17, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you today.
Love, Mary and Verne Thomas

Bob & Mary

January 15, 2013

Please accept our sympathy. Thinking of happy times long ago

January 15, 2013

To the Alexander Family, We are saddened to read of your loss. We have many memories of your family and ours as neighbors on the farm, and then in later years when Betty helped the Finch family with a loved one's illness and death. She was always a sweet, caring, and loving person with a positive outlook. She will be greatly missed. Love to you all, Shirley & Lynn Finch (Port Crane,NY)

Catherine Tisenchek

January 15, 2013

Dear Judy, Nancy and family-
I was so sorry to read in the paper of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your difficult time.

Kim Tilley

January 15, 2013

My life is richer from knowing Betty. I will never forget her kind words and her heart-warming stories. I am truly blessed to have had her in my life in these last few months.

Mary Thomas

January 15, 2013

We are sorry to hear of Betty's passing, but hope that she is happy to be with "June". She was a wonderful person and it was a privilege to know her.
Love, Mary and Verne Thomas