Virginia J. Alexander, beloved wife and mother, age 89, of Mackinaw City passed away on Aug. 11, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born July 10, 1922, in New Castle, Pa., to Roy and Emily (Burns) Cole. They moved back to Carp Lake, Mich., in 1933 where she attended Levering schools. In 1939, at age 16, Virginia graduated from Pellston High School. She worked for the Mccllunds at the Straits Inn Hotel and then for Dr. Walter Larson before getting married. On Oct. 4, 1941, in Mackinaw City, Virginia married Thomas N. Alexander.
During the early war years she worked rifling barrels at the G.M. plant in Saginaw, Mich. Virginia and Tom owned and operated the Gull Harbor Motel and cabin rentals in Mackinaw City for nearly 40 years. She was a member of the Mackinaw City Women's Club and enjoyed gardening, deer hunting, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was an avid agate hunter. She also volunteered as a pageant participant for the Fort Michilimackinac Pageant in its early years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Emily Cole; her son, Thomas Alexander; and three brothers Dr. Kenneth Cole, Merritt Cole and Richard Cole.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior to the Mass at the church. It will be officiated by the Rev. James Williams and Sister Chris Harold, assisted by the Rev. David Wallace. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Virginia's name may be directed to the Parish Life Center at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
Those wishing to share condolences and memories of Virginia are invited to sign an online register book at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.
Arrangements are being handled by the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home.