Obituary of Mary L. "Dale" Alexander
Mrs. Mary L Alexander "Dale" or “Granny,” maiden name, Mary Payne died peacefully in Serenity Springs PCH on March 9th, 2019 in Biloxi, MS at the age of 84. She was a resident of Ocean Springs, MS.
She was under the care of Palladium Hospice during the last months of her life. A special thanks to the nurses and caregivers, Debra, Amy, Natasha, Kara, and Jim who took so much care to provide her with comfort in her final days. Prior to her last few days, she was able to live at home thanks to her daughter, Elizabeth Buchanan, who has dedicated her life to the care of her mother. Liz’s family would like to recognize her unwavering love and respect to her mother.
Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Payne and Mary Lowe, her siblings Frank Payne, Nita Richards, and Eula Ann Glenn, and her loving husband, Capt Jene Alexander. Her nephews, Roger, Billy and John Henry Payne precede her in death as well.
Her sister, Jimmy Lois Hall and brother, Buddy Payne, survive her. Her daughter, Elizabeth Buchanan, grandchildren, Christopher Buchanan and Michelle Presley and her great-grandson, Nathen Buchanan Presley, also survives her. She has nieces and nephews that survive her as well, Eddie Hall, Sherry Payne, Frank Glenn, Donald Ray Richards, and multiple great-nieces and nephews.
Dale was born on August 19th, 1934 in Louise, MS to Henry and Mary Lois Payne. She has a twin sister, Jimmy Lois Hall whom she has remained close to all of her life. She completed the 8th grade and then went to work on her family farm. She had one daughter, Elizabeth Tabor and married the love of her life, Capt. Jene Alexander when Liz was 5 years old. They enjoyed fishing, traveling, and gardening. They remained a strong family and relocated from Texas to Mississippi where she remained after his passing. She worked her early life at Rainbow Bakery and spent the majority of her life as a stay at home mom and “Granny.” She dedicated her days to her family, her puppies and the Saints. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten by her family and dear friends.
Dale did not wish to have a funeral. Her family is arranging a small graveside service in Houston, TX where she will be laid to rest with her husband. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dale's life. Further information on the service will be posted soon, but the tentative date is April 14th, 2019.
RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 13872 Lemoyne Blvd at Washington Ave, in West Jackson County is serving the family.
An online register can be signed, memories, condolences and photos shared at www.riemannfamily.com
When I lay there beside you,
Could you feel me there?
My arms were wrapped around you,
And I was stroking your hair.
I was talking about all the good times,
For me they were every single day.
I wanted you to feel love and comfort,
And happy in some way.
I watched your every breath,
And prayed that each one wasn't your last.
The time we got to share together,
Went by too quick...Too fast.
I wanted you to wake up,
Please Mom...Open your eyes.
Tell me this is a nightmare,
And not our goodbyes.
As your last breath grew closer,
We lay there peacefully together.
My heart continually breaking,
Because I wanted you forever.
Then there it was,
Your final breath of air.
I didn't want to believe it,
This is so cruel and not fair.
I held your beautiful face,
And prayed you'd breath again.
I wasn't ready for you to go,
I couldn't admit that this was the end.
But then I realized that you were now in peace,
And not suffering anymore.
You were beginning the life of an Angel,
And your body would no longer be sore.
I held you close and squeezed you tight,
And tried to say goodbye.
I've lost my Mom and my number one best friend,
All my heart could do is cry.
I slowly got up,
I wanted so much to stay.
I leaned over and gave you one more kiss,
It was so hard to walk away.
Mom, you are my entire world,
And I miss you so very much.
I wish I could feel your lovable cuddle,
And your soft and gentle touch.
But for now I have to wait,
Until we meet again.
You will always be in my heart and thoughts,
My dear Mom and best friend.
Always and Forever,
Our hearts will always touch.
Always and Forever,
Your baby girl loves you so much.s