LONG BEACH — Helen Lorel Alexander, 66, passed away at her home in Long Beach, Wash., on August 4, 2017, from a very rare and aggressive cancer.
Mrs. Alexander was born Sept. 29, 1950 in Baker City, Oregon to Orel Francis Hurse and Virginia Grace Yeakley Hurse. She was raised in Baker City and attended Baker City public schools. She, along with her parents, spent weekends and every spare minute on Pine Creek outside of Hereford, Oregon.
She married James Ferdinand Alexander on April 1, 1967 in Baker City, Oregon. They lived in Baker City for a number of years before moving to the coast for a milder climate. They lived at Seaside, Oregon before moving to Astoria, Oregon and then to Long Beach, Washington.
Mrs. Alexander worked a number of years at Rite Aid in Warrenton, Oregon. She retired from there as assistant manager and moved to Long Beach where she helped run Scrapaccino. After Scrapaccino closed in September 2016, Mrs. Alexander volunteered to help when needed at Dooger’s Restaurant up until a couple months before her death. She loved being around people. She loved to scrapbook, do art work, and crochet.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter.
Survivors include her husband, Jim, of Long Beach; daughter, Cindy Kay and Ed Hillard and their children Lanie Hillard, Eddie J. Hillard III and Alex J. Hillard of Ilwaco, Washington; daughter, Roxane Jean and Marty Ebright and their triplet girls, Alexis, Phoenix and Zora Ebright of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; son, Brian James and Venus Alexander and their girls, Chloe C. and Sasha Alexander of Astoria, Oregon; her sisters, Virginia V. Bryant, Theora R. Hensley and Theona Hambleton all of Baker City, Oregon, Evelyn Greenwood of Union, Oregon and one brother Leslie R. Hurse of Pendleton, Oregon as well as several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Alexander was a member of the Baker City Christian Church in Baker City, Oregon.
A Celebration of Life will be held on her 67th birthday, Sept. 29 at Pine Creek outside of Hereford, Oregon to honor her wishes. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory through Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach, Washington.