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Alexander, Lillian I.

Alexander, Lillian I.

March 24, 1927 — March 27, 2021

“An eclipse has come over our lives. Our hearts will never shine as bright or be as full again but the love in our hearts just keeps growing and never dies.” - Quote from our YiaYia (Florence Alexander)

On Saturday, March 27, 2021, our mother, Lillian Alexander, age 94, went home to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed peacefully with her daughters, Lynn and Lexie by her side, along with her granddaughters, Angie and Shelly.

Lillian was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 24, 1927, the youngest child of Peter and Mabel Sakelos (Neè Osborne.) As a young girl she and her brother, Nicholas, worked in their father’s Ice Cream store. It’s no surprise that her favorite desert was chocolate ice cream. Her parents, Peter and Mabel worked hard during WW II, yet Mom never complained or asked for anything. She was a beautiful loving daughter to her parents Mabel and Peter, a Greek immigrant from Sparta.

Lillian was a kind gentle soul and gave her time and assistance to anyone who asked. Her cheerful banter and selfless heart impacted the many who knew her. She always saw the positive side of life and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. Anyone whoever knew or met her thought she was the nicest and sweetest person. The twinkle in her eye and her loving heart touched all who knew her.

There will never be words to describe what her loss means to her family, friends and to those who were ever fortunate to know her kindness.

Her closet friends were from the church community. Lillian was an active member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Kansas City. She was on the board of the Ladies Philoptochos Society, participated in the Daughters of Penelope and worked annually in the Greek Food and Music Festival. She was a VIP member and volunteered in the church library but her specialty was making coffee for any of the church events. This should put a smile on the faces of those who knew her. (The coffee had to be hot)!

She worked for Brandeis University Bookstore in Kansas City. The family was also owner operators of several nursing homes in Kansas City, Missouri, Paola and Topeka, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Mabel, her brother Nicholas, her husband of 44 years Harry Alexander and her great grandson Karl Whitehurst. She leaves behind two daughters Lynn (Jeff) Brown of Bellevue, Washington and Lexie (George) Palmer of Kansas City, Missouri, three granddaughters, Angie Whitehurst, Leigh (Jay) Schiller and Shelly (Mickey) Johnson, five great grandchildren, Ethan, Kate and Lynzie Schiller and Parker and Bailey Johnson, and godson, Tim Sakelos of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Funeral services will be 10AM (CST), Tuesday, April 6 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 12001 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Missouri. A Trisagion service will precede the funeral services. Following the funeral services, Lillian will be laid to rest with her husband Harry at Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Missouri. Due to COVID restrictions, the Makaria celebration will take place at a later date.

Service Information

Funeral services will be 10AM (CST), Tuesday, April 6 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 12001 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Missouri. A Trisagion service will precede the funeral services. Following the funeral services, Lillian will be laid to rest with her husband Harry at Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Missouri. Due to COVID restrictions, the Makaria celebration will take place at a later date.

Alexander, Lillian I.'s Guestbook

Dear Momma, I can’t tell you how much my heart is aching since you’ve been gone… the many nights I lay awake crying wishing I could touch you, give you a kiss, put my arms around you and tell you one more time how much I love you. Mom, I want you to know how much I appreciate all that you sacrificed to make sure that I had things that you didn’t. I wish I could tell you how thankful and blessed I am to have had such loving , selfless mother like you. You loved me unconditionally even when I knew I didn’t deserve it at times, but you were always there, no questions asked. Your friends and the people you came in contact with, adored you…I didn’t know that one person could be loved by so many. You were the light in so many peoples lives that your faith came shining through and Jesus could be seen in everything and everybody you touched. Even though I had you for 94 years, I just don’t understand why you had to leave so soon. There will always be something missing in my heart that can never be replaced. Until we meet again, give daddy a hug & kiss for me and tell him that I love and miss him too!!! Ta léme! Love you always and forever! Your daughter, Lexie

Lexie

Lillian, in your life you brought love and happiness to each of us whose life you touched. Now your spirit is freed from its host for 94 years, and will live in our hearts and souls forever. Love Jeff (son in law)

Jeff Brown

Mimi was such a special part of our lives and she will be truly missed. She was always smiling and had great stories and completed many holidays and family celebrations together. We loved her and are sorry she’s gone but know she’s at peace. Jay

Jay Schiller

Dear Moma! You were an angel here on earth. I used to say all the time "Mom you can't hide your angel wings from me...I see God in you. So many people loved you, felt your gentle, kind, loving spirit and heart. You left a lasting imprint on the hearts of so many people who knew you. My life will never be the same as there is a hole in my life and heart that only you can fill. It's been that way every since I was a little girl. I love you with all my being and soul and always will. Thank you for being the best loving mother and friend. I cherish our closeness and thank God that he blessed our lives with you for our mother. The emptiness will never go away as I miss you so much mom. Nothing will ever be the same until we're united in heaven. Your light and love will glow in us forever. You are with us always. God bless You Dear Mom as you rejoice with your loved ones in heaven. Love Always and Forever your daughter.

Lynn Brown

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. Before I got your voice mail, I was sitting on our front porch and a Cardinal nearby was singing. Everytime I hear/see a Cardinal I think of her. Hopefully she is at peace and with your father, Harry. Love Kristen

Kristen (Seiler)

Our deepest condolences to the family and close friends of Mimi. She was a very sweet and giving person, and we consider ourselves lucky to have known her, and her Greek cookies. She clearly was a positive influence on everyone she met, and will be missed from this world. Sorry we couldn't come to the service, but we are currently restricted from travel. We send our love though, and Mimi will be in our thoughts.

Nathan & Tae Brown

Dear Lynn and Lexie, In Deep Sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Your mom had a very kind and gentle nature. She left this world in a much better way for having been here. May you find peace in the love you lived together. Love is eternal. Much love, Royal and Jean

Jean Brown

I had the blessing of knowing Lillian through church and Ladies Philoptochos. She was such a loving, giving, and sweet soul. We spent many good times together setting up coffee hours for church and working together on Philoptochos projects and events. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone, and she always loved to talk about her beautiful family. May her memory be everlasting.

Heidi Wood

hi i’m lynzie “mimis” great-granddaughter and i just wanted to say that Mimi was a true role model and really an inspiration to our family. She was so kind and always made the best jokes. I miss her so very much. i hope she is happy up there along with papa ❤️.

lynzie schiller

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