Mary Virginia Alexander, 92, of Gardner, Kan, passed away peacefully at her home on April 11, 2015,  surrounded by her loving family and dedicated husband of 69 years, James Clyde Alexander, and her treasured dog, Gracie.
 
Mary Virginia Alexander of Gardner, Kan was born May 17, 1922 in Harrisonville, Mo to Rose Dalton and Estle Coleman Long.   The nearly 69 years of marriage showed the permanency and loyal love bond between Mary Virginia and James. He held her hand with compassion and tenderness until the end.
 
She lived through the Roaring Twenties, the Crash of 1929, the Great Depression, the Rise of Hitler, World War II, Vietnam, the Cold War, the computer age and new technology which she fully embraced by teaching herself how to text when she was 90 years old.  During World War II she worked in an aircraft factory as a “Rosie the Riveter” repairing damaged B-25s and B-17s that had been brought back from overseas. Later she worked in the Catalog Order Department for the Sears Store at Metcalf South in Overland Park where her daily interactions with people brought her great joy.
 
She was a calming influence in life despite all the anxieties and energies of the world. She focused all of her considerable attention and energy on raising four sons and then the joys of her life in the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that followed.  She possessed an incredible gift relating to young people, providing inspiration, guidance, comfort and hope. Sometimes cajoling, scolding, or helping them fight back sadness and tears, she provided an uncanny wisdom and encouragement which left an indelible impression.
 
No one loved KU basketball more than Mary Virginia. Up to the very end, she followed the Jayhawks with a passion, texting “ROCK CHALK” to her family and friends.
 
Mary Virginia was the dedicated wife to James Clyde Alexander; beloved mother to her sons, Raymond C. (Lona) Alexander; David R. (Deborah) Alexander; the late Joseph M. (Cheryl) Alexander and James L. (Regina) Alexander. Treasured Grandmother to Stephanie, Kimberly, Brian, Kevin, the late Courtney, Melaney, Heidi, Jake and Jamie.  Dearest Great Grandmother to Derek, Ashlyn, Scarlett, Nathaniel, Madison, Courtney Jo, Annaliese, Crewe and Jaxon. She left behind a beloved husband and a family of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and countless dear friends. A selfless and tireless listener and sought out advisor, she brought hope, comfort and joy to everyone she encountered.
 
Mary Virginia left this life like a brilliant comet shooting straight up to heaven.  A Rosary was said 3:00 pm on Friday, April, 17, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.  Inurnment at a later date.  Memorial Contributions may be given to the Great Plains SPCA.  Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com