KAREN JULENE ALEXANDER, 76, of Charleston, IL passed away at 3:18 P.M. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Charleston, IL. Father John Titus will officiate and burial will be in the Green Hill Cemetery in Sullivan, IL. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Julene was born on March 7, 1939 in Sullivan, IL. She was a daughter of James and Alyce (Jocelyn) Campbell. She married Dale Alexander on March 1, 1959 in Murray, KY.
Julene is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dale Alexander; one son, Page Alexander and his wife Bethany of Springfield, IL; one daughter, Tammy (Alexander) Fleischut and her husband Steve of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren, Brittany Alexander, Derek Alexander and his wife Sonia, Evan Alexander, Bailey Alexander, Bridget Fleischut, Alexander Fleischut and Rachel Fleischut; four great-grandchildren, Wesley, Ambrielle, Ava and Abi and one sister, Mary Alyce Harpster of Camano Island, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Helen Zebell, Marilyn Purdue and her twin sister, Wilene Webb.
Julene was a member of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Charleston, IL.
She and her husband Dale started their married life in Murray, KY and they lived for six years in Hickman, KY. They moved to Charleston, IL in 1969. Julene was excited to continue her education at Eastern Illinois University and proudly received her Masters of Education. "Mrs. Alexander" went on to touch the lives of many students for over 40 years while teaching 6th Grade at Jefferson School.
Julene's greatest joys in her life were her husband, family and her treasured friendships that she had from Sullivan, Murray, Hickman and Charleston. She loved her bunco girlfriends, her neighbors, the teachers and staff at Jefferson, her students, her pets Roxy and Lucky, and her doctors and nurses. She spread her love everywhere she went. She enjoyed decorating, antiquing and gardening.
Thank you for all of the love, support and prayers over the past three years as Julene has courageously accepted and fought her cancer.
We ask that in leu of flowers, donations be made to the new Cancer Center at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in her honor.