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Willie "Ruth" Alexander, 84, passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at North Woods Village in Kokomo. She was born Dec. 29, 1932, in Port Gibson, Mississippi, to the late James Alexander and Mary (Martin) Eddington.
Following high school, Ruth spent some time living in New York and Boston, and then moved to Kokomo to work at her mother's restaurant, Mary's Café. After working for her mother's business, Ruth found work at Chrysler and was employed there for over 25 years before retiring in December of 1998. Ruth was a member of the UAW Local 685 in Kokomo and enjoyed cooking and gardening. Most of all, Ruth loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Ruth is survived by her two daughters, Charline Alexander and Sharon (Jimmy) McCarty; son, Charles Alexander; brother, James (Mary) Alexander; special son, Wilford (Arlene) Morland; grandchildren, Saracco Morland, Shawana Morland, Dont'e (Tukesha) Smoot, Territa Alexander, Shereana (Brian) Morgan, Marcus Alexander, Marcell (Mikell) Alexander, Dedric Small, and Faizon Lynch; great-grandchildren, Sartavia (Keilo) Lawson, Kyle Morland, Parrish Jones, Sarnaya Morland, Audreona Dacons, Jarah Dacons, Khairi Floyd, Dont'e Smoot Jr., Amonte Green, Marzjhuan Green, Damere Smoot, Aaleyah Alexander, and Mekhi Coleman; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, Marilyn Moore and Charmaine (James) Kent; and a goddaughter, Wanetta Pigg.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Smoot.
A public visitation for Ruth will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home in Kokomo. A funeral service will follow at 11 at the funeral home.
Published on September 13, 2017
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