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Mary Donna Hemphill Alexander
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1933
Okmulgee County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 2013, USA

Mary Donna Alexander was born in Henryetta, Okla., on Dec. 20, 1933, the only child of Warren Wallace and Lydia Elizabeth Hemphill. She was proud to be a second-generation American, as her grandmother had immigrated to the United States from Wales. Mary Donna's school years were all spent at Henryetta, where she graduated from high school in 1952. After high school, Mary Donna attended Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater, Okla., earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education through the school of Family Relations and Child Development. Graduating in 1956, she was proud to be in the last Oklahoma A&M class before the name was changed to Oklahoma State University. While at Oklahoma A&M, Mary Donna met Bob Wayne Alexander. They were married shortly after her graduation, on June 9, 1956. Mary Donna began her teaching career in Lacey, Okla. She also taught school in Geary, Okla. While in Geary, her first child was born and she became a stay-at-home mom. While living in Enid, Okla, Mary Donna took graduate classes at Phillips University and renewed her teaching certificate. In 1969, she began teaching kindergarten at Sequoyah Elementary School in Shawnee, Okla. She taught kindergarten and fourth grade at Sequoyah until her retirement in 1998. Mary Donna's retirement years were spent as Grammy to the loves of her life, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent much of her time at their many activities and, until her final illness, was the proud babysitter to her great-grandchildren. In early December 2012, Mary Donna became ill and was hospitalized until Feb. 13, 2013. On Feb. 14, 2013, her beloved husband, Bob, suffered a heart attack; he died on March 8, 2013. She succumbed very suddenly to her illness, joining Bob in heaven on the evening of April 22, 2013. Mary Donna was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 56 years; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Freeda Alexander. 
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  Warren Wallace Hemphill (1911 - 1975)
  Lydia Elizabeth Hemphill (1911 - 1998)
  Bob Wayne Alexander (1931 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
West Lawn Cemetery
Okmulgee County
Oklahoma, USA
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Record added: Apr 24, 2013
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Mary Donna <i>Hemphill</i> Alexander
Added by: MillieBelle
Mary Donna <i>Hemphill</i> Alexander
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