Mrs. Alexander died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Northside Hospital.
Born March 10, 1929, in Habersham County, she was the daughter of the late Frank D. and Ruth Shelton Garrison. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Glenn Rauh.
Mrs. Alexander graduated from Baldwin High School, class of 1946, where she was named valedictorian. After graduation, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia, Phi Beta Kappa. She also obtained a master’s degree in Fine Arts from New York University. Mrs. Alexander used her talents and taught many students in North Fulton, Elberton and also overseas in Germany. Fluent in Portuguese, Mrs. Alexander taught for 30 years in the slums of Brazil. Mrs. Alexander was a member of Homer Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Charles C. Alexander of Baldwin; daughter, Ruth Alexander of Baldwin; son and daughter-in-law, Shafe and Elaine Alexander of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; grandchildren, Reed Alexander, Savannah Alexander and Morgan Alexander; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sarah and Sydney Heindel of Cornelia, and Virginia and Louis Leone of North Hampton, Mass.
Ellen loved Christ and lived her life for Him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
November 9, 2011