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 Gladys B. Alexander

Gladys B. Alexander

Death 23 Apr 2012 (aged 92)
Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 13962507 · View Source
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Gladys Barkalow Alexander was born, June 18, 1919, and passed away, Monday, April 23, 2012, in Denver, after a life lived to the fullest. She leaves behind her only son, Hugh B. Alexander (Mary Sue), brother-in-law, Bruce Denham Alexander (Phyllis), three nieces, and four nephews. She lived to greet ten great nieces and nephews and 16 great-great nieces and nephews.

Born in Denver, Gladys was the third daughter of Sidney Denise and Louise Peck Barkalow, who were originally from Omaha, Nebraska. After her birth, Gladys and her mother joined her father and sisters, {Mary Barkalow Sherman (Sam) and Caroline "Celby" Barkalow Lakas (Wilbur)} in Washington, D.C. where her father had begun work with newly elected Colorado Senator Lawrence C. Phipps. Gladys was named after a Phipps family member. For her first twelve years, the family lived in Washington D.C. where she attended the National Cathedral School. The Barkalows then moved back to Denver. (Her parents and sisters preceded her in death.)

Gladys graduated from Kent Denver and Bennett College, Millbrook, NY. She married Philip K. Alexander, Jr., Sept. 6, 1941 at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, St. Martin's Chapel. She was on the altar guild at St. John's and an active volunteer for more than 25 years. From her research on the stories and origins of the stained glass windows, Gladys produced a pictorial notebook, which she used to guide tours of the cathedral.

Gladys' husband, Philip K. Alexander, Jr., a Dartmouth College graduate, joined the Army Air Corp in 1942 where he was a photography officer for the 401st Heavy Bomb Group over Germany and was promoted to the rank of captain in 1945. After military service, Philip began working at the International Trust Company, which later became First National Bank of Denver. He was vice president when he retired in 1960. The Alexander's built one of the first homes in Hilltop and were active in Denver's social circles during Philip's banking career.

Caring for family was Gladys' lifetime priority. Family gatherings to commemorate birthdays, anniversaries and holidays were yearly highlights. Ever accommodating, she once planned a "Merry Thanksmas" party when finding a holiday date on the family's calendar became difficult. With husband, Philip, and son, Hugh, the three enjoyed extensive travel, and summer recreation at a mountain house. She continued visits to the mountains and numerous cruises after her husband's death (1990) until health made travel difficult well after her 85th birthday.

Alexander was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed many arts and crafts including quilting, needlepoint, knitting, and basketry. An avid gardener, Gladys delighted in nurturing flowers, trees and an annual vegetable garden. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed a wide range of genre from murder mysteries to history, plate tectonics and astronomy. She was a member of the Monday Forum, a women's group that met monthly for intellectual and social interaction.

A happy household with Gladys was rarely without a pampered pet. At one point, she said there were 24 feet in her house belonging to three people, two cats, two dogs, and a bird.

As a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, neighbor, friend and faithful parishioner, Gladys Alexander did all things well. Her life shined brightly for more than 92 years and will be greatly missed.

Memorial Services will be Monday, April 30, 11 a.m., St. John's Cathedral, St. Martin's Chapel, 1350 Washington Street, Denver, followed by Inurnment, Fairmount Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to St. John's Cathedral altar guild, or to a charity of your choice.

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  • Added: 15 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13962507
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gladys B. Alexander (18 Jun 1919–23 Apr 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13962507, citing Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by S. McCoskey ~ Sleuthhound (contributor 46835249) .