Nova Pearl Alexander, 83, Chanute, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
Pearl was born in Colony on March 24, 1927, the daughter of Lester and Dona Mattox Terrell. She lived in Sedan, Kansas, Wichita, Kansas and Peru, Kansas before moving to Chanute in 1952. She attended two years at Southwest Bible College in Waxahachie, Texas. Pearl owned and operated Tiny Tots Daycare in Chanute for 30 years. She also enjoyed her 30 years spent as a director of the nursery at the Living Word Assembly. She also made several trips to Mexico and Kentucky doing works as a missionary, conducted vacation Bible Schools as well as collected clothes and food to take. She had a love for sewing and made most of her children’s clothes when they were young.
She was united in marriage in Pawhuska, Okla, on May 6, 1950 to Hubert Alexander. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by one son, Ron Alexander and his wife, Judi, Coffeyville; three daughters, Karen Coleman and her husband, James, Iola, Sharon Taylor and her husband, Terry, Claremore, Okla., and Carolyn (Morrow) DeMeritt and her husband, John, Chanute.;19 grandchildren, DeRhonda Newby and her husband, David, Oswego, R.D. Alexander, Coffeyville, Richard Beach, Prince George, Canada, Stephen and Adam Hillbrant, Iola, Ethan Coleman, Iola, Elizabeth Willhoite and her husband, Michael, Chelsea, Okla., Kassandra Adams. Chelsea, Okla., Andy Adams and his wife, Jessica, Yukon, Okla., Julie Arell and her husband, Joe, Chanute, Lisa Joyce and her husband, Tommy, Chanute, T.J. Morrow and Cassandra Sanchez, Garnett, Brian DeMeritt, Montour Falls, N.Y., Kelly DeMeritt and his wife, Trina, Erie, Brad DeMeritt and his wife, Teresa, Erie,, John W. DeMeritt, Chanute, Jimmy DeMeritt, Chanute, Eric DeMeritt and his wife, Jenny, Erie, and Erin Stottman, Parsons; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one sister, May Lawson; and two brothers, Carl Terrell and Charles Terrell.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hubert, her mother and father, two sisters, Della Ruth Dodd and Betty Jo Holmburg, and one brother Van Earl Terrell.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel in Chanute. Burial will follow at Elcado Cemetery, in Peru, Kan.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials in her name may be made to the Living Word Assembly or Kings Chapel in Kentucky and may be left with the funeral home.
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