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Shirley Margaret HOW

Shirley Margaret HOW[1]

Female 1926 - 2013  (87 years)

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  • Name Shirley Margaret HOW 
    Born 22 Jul 1926  Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Dec 2013  Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 3 Siblings 
    Notes 
    • Obituary
      July 22, 1926 - Dec 26, 2013 OVERLAND PARK, KS Shirley Margaret How Alexander, 87, passed away December 26 at Garden Terrace of Overland Park, an Alzheimer's specialty care center and her home for the last seven years. Shirley was born to the late Alfred L. and Elfrieda How July 22, 1926, in Atlanta, GA. Her family lived in Fort Worth, TX during the 1930s and moved to Oklahoma City in 1939. She attended Taft Junior High and Classen High Schools, where she played violin in the orchestra and was a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated from Classen in 1944. After graduating, she met Robert Alexander III, a World War II Army Air Force Gunner and Bombardier stationed in El Reno, and they married in 1945. They lived in Oklahoma City for 61 years before moving together to Garden Terrace in Kansas in 2007. Shirley worked in the banking industry for more than twenty years, including First National and Village Banks, followed by many years of employment at the Oklahoma Tax Commission before retiring in 1993. She was passionate about nature photography and was recognized for her talent in flower photography. Shirley was a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Camera Club and an award-winning member of the Photographic Society of America. Among other hobbies, she was an excellent seamstress and served as a volunteer leader for both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Shirley loved all creatures, great and small, and rescued countless injured or abandoned animals. Above all other life endeavors, Shirley was devoted to her role as a mother. She was unwavering in her love, support, and protection of her children and family. A devout Roman Catholic, she was a founding and active member of the St. Eugene Parish in Oklahoma City. Shirley was preceded in death by parents, Alfred L. and Elfrieda How; sister, Marian How; brother, James How; and daughter, Jennifer Alexander. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert Alexander III; brother, Alfred L. How, Jr. and wife Evelyn; children, Robert Alexander IV and wife Melba, Jon Alexander, and Caroline Rinaldi and husband Robert; grandchildren, Lisa Hawkins, Gina Fergeson, Jon Alexander, Francesca Alexander Hoffpauir, Sean Alexander, Robert and Jennifer Rinaldi; and great-grandchildren, Andrew and Matthew Hawkins, Joshua and Nathan Fergeson, Ashley Shreve and Brady Hawkins. She is also survived by numerous beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws, and dedicated care-providers at Garden Terrace. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, January 10 at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.
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    Person ID I00308  How Genealogy | HOW family branch that emigrated from England to Missouri, USA
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 

    Father Alfred Lloyd HOW,   b. 21 Jul 1892, 454 Vista, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1981, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Elfrieda Caroline BURK,   b. 13 Feb 1891, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1979, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 27 Aug 1921  St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert ALEXANDER 
    Married 11 Aug 1945  Palm Beach, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Jennifer Lynne ALEXANDER,   b. 30 Sep 1957, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1976, Buncombe, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)  [Birth]
     4. Living
    Documents
    Marriage Certificate - Shirley Margaret HOW to Robert Alexander m.11 Aug 1945
    Marriage Certificate - Shirley Margaret HOW to Robert Alexander m.11 Aug 1945
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F246  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jul 1926 - Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Dec 2013 - Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Marriage Certificate - Shirley Margaret HOW to Robert Alexander m.11 Aug 1945
    Marriage Certificate - Shirley Margaret HOW to Robert Alexander m.11 Aug 1945

    Headstones
    Shirley Margaret HOW b.1926
    Shirley Margaret HOW b.1926

  • Sources 
    1. [S32] US - Federal Census - 1930.
      Name: Shirley M How
      Event: Census
      Event Date: 1930
      Event Place: Glendale, Los Angeles, California
      Gender: Female
      Age: 4
      Marital Status: Single
      Race: White
      Birthplace: Georgia
      Estimated Birth Year: 1926
      Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
      Father's Birthplace: Missouri
      Mother's Birthplace: Iowa
      Enumeration District Number: 993
      Family Number: 215
      Sheet Number and Letter: 8A
      Line Number: 16
      NARA Publication: T626, roll 128
      Film Number: 2339863
      Digital Folder Number: 4532459
      Image Number: 120
      Household Gender Age
      Parent Alfred L How M 37
      Parent Elfrieda C How F 37
      Shirley M How F 4
      Alfred L How M 1
      James A How M 0
      Louise Burk F 55
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