In announcing Alexander as the 2007 New Madrid Woman of the Year, presented annually by the Pi Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, the sorority's members along with family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon for the special presentation.
A native of New Madrid, Alexander was the ninth of 10 children born to Arthur and Mildred Shy Sr.
"One thing these children knew is that they were loved by their parents and that their parents provided them a loving, caring home with great moral values and gave them the guidance needed to grow, love, learn and to be successful in what they accomplish," said Lynette Fowler, who made the presentation to Alexander.
After completing her education, Alexander taught second grade for 16 years at Matthews Elementary School in Matthews. Also she worked six years in the New Madrid County Assessment and Surveyor office and as a receptionist.
She and her husband, Glenn, are the parents of three children, Ruthie Alexander Ward, Terry Alexander and Melinda Alexander Graham, and are the grandparents to eight.
An active member of the community and her church, Alexander has served on numerous committees and assisted with a variety of projects over the years. She has served as co-chair of the Immaculate Conception Church Riverfest, has been a member of the Immaculate Conception School Board and of the Parish Council and for the past 17 years coordinated the funeral dinners for the parish.
Describing Alexander as the "Queen of Organization," Fowler added, "I present a woman who gives so much of her time and her heart to her alma maters, her community, her family and her church."