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Susan Dale Alexander

July 26, 1953 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Susan Alexander Obituary

Susan Dale Alexander
July 26, 1953—January 16, 2024

It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Susan Alexander, a nine-year resident of Magdalena. Susan was a fiercely loving wife, mother, and grandmother who lived her life with amazing courage and honesty.

Susan was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Her father played guitar and sang old-time ballads as lullabies to her. At an early age Susan took to music easily, learning to play guitar, piano, violin, mandolin, and developing a wonderful singing voice.

In 1975, Susan earned her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan and then a subsequent masters in science degree in Recreation and Parks from Pennsylvania State University. For the next 30 years, Susan combined her three loves: music, teaching, and nature. She became head teacher at Meadowbrook Farm Learning Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, director of Prairie Creek Community School in Northfield, Minnesota, and created arts and music programs at nature centers in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Susan worked as a park technician for the BLM in Price, Utah and enjoyed the solitude while studying ground squirrels in Yosemite National Park.
In 1986, Susan took a teaching position at Walden Center and School, a school started by anarchists in Berkeley, California. For 13 years, she contributed her music and teaching expertise before becoming a public school teacher at Malcolm X Arts & Academic Elementary School. That's where she met her wife, Sarita Johnson, and the two of them began playing music together on the weekends.

Unfortunately, Susan had to retire from teaching earlier than she'd planned due to a debilitating cancer found in her bone marrow. Susan and Sarita had already visited Magdalena and decided to buy the house they had rented during that visit. Moving to Magdalena while Susan was still alive became their goal.

Susan loved living in Magdalena. She loved the beauty of the nearby mountains. She loved playing music with the group Tuesdays @ 2. She loved volunteering at the Samaritan Center Thrift Store. She loved walking all over the village with her walking sticks.
But what she loved most was being retired in Magdalena. In her free time, Susan sewed an entire wardrobe for herself, and knitted many sweaters. She wrote the songs and music for a beautiful CD, Desert Queen, engineered by George Murillo.

Susan lived her life fully and creatively. With deep compassion, she encouraged her family, students, and all who knew her to do the same.
Susan is preceded in death by her father Richard Alexander and aunt Marie Hullinger. She is survived by her mother Lorraine Alexander, sister Nancy Alexander, cousins Cindy and Bruce Hullinger, Diane, Dale, David, and Dan Alexander, Margaret and David Beadles, wife Sarita Johnson, daughters Morgan Alexander Johnson and Winona Johnson Alexander, stepdaughter Alexis Johnson Calvo, son-in-law Colin Kinross, grandson Ezekiel Johnson, and grand-daughter Colline Alexander Kinross.

Susan is sorely missed by her family and all the friends who loved her. In the spirit of her passion for music, a music jam celebration in her honor is in the works for this summer in Magdalena.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
P.O. Box 12268
Newport News, VA 23612
(LLS provides grants to people in active cancer treatment.)

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