Virginia May Alexander

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  • "When I think of Virginia, I think of one who was sweet,..."
    - Warren Brown
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October 17, 1930 ~ June 21, 2014

Virginia May Alexander passed away on Sat., June 21, 2014 at her home in Washougal, WA, at the age of 83. Born on Oct. 17, 1930 at Mrs. Wilson's Sanitarium in Camas, WA, Virginia lived on the farm at Fishers until age 3 when her family moved to Mt. Pleasant. At age 6, her father Lewis passed away and at age 10, her mother Ethel married Karl Abbuehl. She attended the Mt. Pleasant School before attending and graduating from Washougal High School in 1948.
Virginia began her career in the banking business in 1949 and retired in 1989 after proudly serving the public for 40 years.
In 1951, she married Roy Lamb who preceded her in death in 1968. In 1970, she married Merrill "Alex" Alexander and spent 38 wonderfully happy years together, bowling, golfing, square dancing, traveling, and giving to friends and strangers all that she had. A more selfless human being was never born.
In 2006, a debilitating stroke, followed by Alex's passing in 2009, left her with only her faith and her dear and loyal friends as encouragement.
She was very loved by her family and will be deeply missed by all those who knew her loving touch.
Virginia is survived by her children, Michael Lamb, Bruce Alexander, Cheryl Lamb and Merrilee Cooley. She was blessed by grandchildren Bryan, Angela, Aaron, Levi, Matthew, Rosalyn and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Ethel (Strong) Cowan; brother, Bill Cowan; step-father, Karl Abbuehl; husbands, Roy Lamb and Merrill Alexander; and many dear friends.
A celebration of Virginia's life will be held on Fri., July 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lacamas Lake Lodge, 227 N.E. Lake Rd., Camas, WA. Private inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th at the Washougal Memorial Cemetery.
Straub's Funeral Home and Columbia River Cremation in Camas has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in The Columbian on July 6, 2014