Beverly A. Alexander, 73, of Florida and Jamestown, passed away Friday March 8, 2019 in UPMC Chautauqua Hospital following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born November 6, 1945 in Brunswick, Georgia the daughter of the late Robert H. and Vera Youmans Samuelson.
Beverly graduated from Jamestown High School in 1963 and took job related courses at Jamestown Community College. She worked at the former Art Metal Corp. in order entry. They sent her to Rochester to train personnel in order entry processing. Beverly worked for a time in Tucson, AZ as a customer representative for Monroe Calculator of Litton Industries. Returning to Jamestown in 1973, she went to work at Marlin Rockwell Corp. In 1975, she became a branch manager for MRC in Detroit, Michigan in charge of office operations plus warehousing. In 1977, she was promoted to account manager for TRW Marlin Rockwell Division for the state of Florida. She was the first woman in the company's 75 year history to hold such a position. While living in Florida, she met Edward J. Alexander, a career Army veteran. They were married April 28, 1979 at Fort Carson, Colorado. In 1981, she went to work for the Department of the Army, serving with community commanders, commanding generals, and chiefs of staff until her retirement in 1999. During that time, She and Ed were stationed at several bases in the US and Europe. For many years they lived and traveled extensively in Germany and spent 12 years at Fort Drum in Watertown, NY. Following retirement, Beverly and Ed moved to Orlando, FL where she went to work at the Peabody Hotel as senior sales assistant to the director of sales until retirement. Beverly was a true patriot. During Ed's many deployments, she took care of everything at home, until his return. Locally, she was a member of the Herman Kent Post 777 American Legion in Celoron.
Surviving besides her husband Ed are a sister, Robin Koechel of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; two brothers, Terry (Dianna) Samuelson and Robert E. Samuelson both of Jamestown; nieces and nephews, Tom (Meghan) Billigen, Sara, and Scott Samuelson, Stephanie Woods, Tara (Nick) Cook, Steve, David, Brian, and Dawn Samuelson.
The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Lind Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. (2 hours prior to the service) Tuesday in the funeral home.
The Rev. Tara Lamont Eastman will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.