Julia Bates Alexander

April 25, 1922April 23, 2013

Julia Bates Alexander, beloved sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away April 23, 2013. Julia was born April 25, 1922 in San Marcos, TX to Rev. Harris Parker Bates and Mary Era Jones Bates. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Silas J. Alexander. She is survived by her brother, Harris Bates, Jr.; children, Silas J. Alexander, Jr. and his wife Julia, Jeanne Raney and her husband Ken, Martha West and her husband Jim, and Cole Alexander; grandchildren, Silas J. Alexander, III, Sarah, Robert and James Raney, Ryan West and her husband Austin Crone, Laura West and her husband Mike Moats and Julia West. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Ty and James Crone. Julia attended Brackenridge High School in San Antonio and graduated from Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, she worked for Braniff Airways until she married on December 22, 1951. Julia was an avid bridge and Scrabble player, a skillful seamstress and enjoyed making clothes for her children and grandchildren. She was a long and active member of Northwood Presbyterian Church and was known by her gentle spirit and ever-present smile. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. We want to thank her for all the wonderful memories. The family would like to thank Dr. Heberto Garza for his many years of care and counsel. We would also like to thank Caring Companions, the skilled staff at the Forum and VITAS Hospice for the loving care and support they provided. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX. A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 518 Pike, San Antonio, TX 78209. A private family entombment will be held at a later date at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northwood Presbyterian Church.


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Elizabeth Browning

May 21, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She is second cousin once removed. I have the pleasure a number of years ago of meeting her and your father. They were both lovely people. Thanks for letting me know.

jeff geen

April 30, 2013

i never met the lady, but i know that she reared quality children! our thoughts are with you Si and the rest of your family.
sincerely Jeff Kelli and Lilli

Shirley Hightower

April 27, 2013

Just received notice of your dear mother's passing. Ed and I so enjoyed both your parents in the many years Ed and Si worked together at GPM. Julia always brightened any occasion where we were in attendance and was a gracious hostess and guest. God's comfort and blessings on you all.

Shirley Hightower

April 27, 2013

What a beautifully sweet lady who will be missed by so many of us. She always made each of us feel important and appreciated. She had a heart of gold, and always had the time to share it with us no matter how busy she was. We will miss you Julie, and we will look forward to seeing you again, hopefully for dinner at 5:30 sharp. Thanks for all the wonderful memories. Love , Nancy Fladger Nye and family

April 26, 2013

You both along with the rest of your family are in our prayers.

God Bless you all,
Kelly & Mary Jo

Reagan Thomas

April 26, 2013

You are in our thoughts and prayers. I worked with Si and always enjoyed visiting with both of them. Julia was always so pleasant and happy and a joy to be around. I really enjoyed the Photo gallery and someone put a lot of thought and love into it.

Jan Amazeen

April 25, 2013

So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you find comfort in the memories your mother left behind. God bless.