|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1932|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1998|
Greta Alexander was a dynamo of a woman.
"This big and occasionally bawdy woman is a Downstate (IL) institution known as much for her generous spirit as for her highly touted psychic abilities.
Empowered by a bolt of lightning, endowed with a heart bigger than a 12-acre trailer park, Alexander is possessed, admirers say, with amazing clairvoyance, and also one of North America`s last, best and most bountiful beehive hairdos.
According to her handouts, Alexander is not only clairvoyant, she is 'precognitive, clairaudient, and clairsensory.' She also believes she has healing powers and the ability to 'travel'` at night from her dreams into the dreams of those she wants to help."
"The daughter of a farmer in Manito, Ill., Alexander worked as a chicken plucker earning 25 cents a bird in the days before her psychic powers were fully tuned.
Those 'abilities', as she modestly prefers to call them, were present from childhood but were greatly enhanced when she was struck by a bolt of lightning 31 years ago while bearing her fifth child and lying in bed watching a thunderstorm out the window, she said.
'A white light came down at me through the window, and the next thing I knew the Venetian blinds were wrapped around me and there was a fire burning a hole in the bed,' she said.
Neither she nor her unborn daughter was injured, but the bolt changed Alexander`s life, she said. Shortly after the lightning struck, Greta began answering the telephone before it rang, and before long she was widely known as the human equivalent of a TV disc antenna, picking up psychic signals from all over the cosmos."
~Smith, Wes. Seeing Things: Downstate Psychic Greta Alexander Is Known Worldwide As A Woman Of Visions; Chicago Tribune, June 09, 1991.
Greta used her celebrity and fortune late in life to open a $3 a night hotel for the needy in the Peoria area. She was a beloved figure, known for her beehive hairdo and uncanny ability to provide insight into the seemingly unknowable. When she made guests appearances on local radio shows, the phone lines would literally be flooded with calls.
Prairie Rest Cemetery
Created by: White Trash Peg
Record added: Sep 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97123136
You Are For Ever Missed Great Aunt Greta!! Love and Miss You Bunches|
Added: Oct. 3, 2013
In Loving Memory of Greta|
White Trash Peg
Added: Sep. 15, 2012