Nellie M. Alexander

May 26, 1915August 30, 2010

Nellie "Myrt" Hughes Alexander (Age 95)

Myrt passed away on August 30, 2010. She was born in Clayton, Kansas to John and Molly Hughes. She and her husband left Kansas during the dirt storms in 1937 and started a new life together. They built a home in Spokane Valley in 1946 where they resided for 64 years. Myrt enjoyed a long career at Edgecliff Sanitorium before retiring in 1967. She was a devoted mother and friend to many. Myrt loved cooking and entertaining for her large extended family and friends and made the best home baked bread in the county. Myrt was a loving, generous mother and grandmother. She enjoyed knitting and made beautiful afghans for all her children and grandchildren. The family would like to express their thanks to the compassionate, dedicated care Myrt received from all at Good Samaritan nursing home, where she resided the last two years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her siblings Allan Hughes, Ruth VanSickler, Francis Hughes, Norma Pipkin, John Hughes and Marvin Hughes. She is survived by her son, Tex Alexander (Claudia); daughter, Cheryl Sherick (Lonnie); her sisters Mary Ellen Hughes and Mildred Schwaderer; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

"Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal."- Thomas Moore


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nellie M. Alexander

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

jadie russell

October 18, 2010

Grandma A was the best. Jen mentioned how good she smelled when she tucked us in at was Ponds cold cream, I will never forget. To this day, I still wear a hand me down slip that was probably 20 years old when she gave it to me 20 years ago...has holes and tears in it, but i still wear it. Love her dearly and will never ever forget her amazing way of just "being"

Jennifer Sherick

September 29, 2010

My grandmother, also a mother, a sister, a wife and a friend
So full of grace and beauty that even as a child
I knew she was extraordinary.

She grew the most beautiful tulips
They were flawless like her skin
Covered in rock, they refused to fade

I visited grandma’s house whenever I could
Played hooky from school to spend the day
Watching grandpa’s “show” and eating her meals

We all loved her homemade bread
But everything that came from her kitchen
Was so full of love and flavor – it was almost surreal

Be it noon meal or supper, every day of the week
There were pressed linens and rose patterned dishes
Adorning the table, yet paling in comparison to her loveliness

She was generous in love . . . and gifts
She filled our hearts . . .and grandpa’s Volkswagen van
With more gifts than our eyes could believe
On Christmas Eve

Sleepovers at grandma’s house
One of the fondest memories of my childhood
She smelled so good when she tucked us in

That night cream she lathered in paid off
She was stunning both inside and out
For more than 95 years, she was effortlessly beautiful

She was funny too
I remember some of the things she told grandpa to do
And her humor and wit, just like her tulips, never faded.

Beauty and poise she was full of
With tenacious independence and strength
A selfless giver of love and grace

God Bless My grandmother

September 22, 2010

Some of my fondest memories of Myrt were in her little kitchen teaching me her secrets of making perfect piecrust and numerous other goodies. She was a very patient teacher and one beautiful lady. I was the fortunate recipient of one of her beautiful afghans which I will forever cherish. I loved her dearly.
Mary Makinen (Federal Way)

September 21, 2010

My memories of Cheryl's mother make me smile. She was always smiling, ready to put those around her at ease. She gave us all a good example of how to grow older with grace and patience. She was a strong, good woman with a beautiful spirit and a deep love for her children and grandchildren.
Monda Van Hollebeke

September 20, 2010

My first memories of you were more like a mother. I was 6 when you were married. I'll always remember the pretty red velvet dress with glass buttons that you sent me. Then I grew up and we wore each others clothes and shoes and became good friends. The best gift you ever gave me was Cheryl. I always claimed her as half mine.
Forever with love, Mary Ellen

Brian Sherick

September 10, 2010

What a great slideshow of pictures. Thank you for the wonderful memories and for raising a special daughter (my mom). I love you both.


Myrt and brother, Allan


Back Row: siblings- Mildred, Allan, Myrt, Chief Front Row: siblings- Marvin, Mary Ellen, Norma


Myrt at the park


Myrt and Harold