Marie Carol Welch Alexander

Marie Carol Welch Alexander

Dec 08, 1935 - May 02, 2020
North Chesterfield, VA

Marie Carol Welch Alexander

Dec 08, 1935 - May 02, 2020
North Chesterfield, VA


Marie Carroll Welch Alexander, 84, departed this world on Saturday, May 2, 2020. She was born on December 8, 1935 to Robert Charles Welch and Beulah Estelle Thornton Welch. She was preceded in death by six of her siblings and is survived by her youngest sister, Barbara Welch Zuback. She is also survived by her six children: Edward Alexander, Jr., Ivan Alexander, Donna Alexander (Gene Gourley), Andrew Alexander, Shelley Alexander, and Emmet Alexander; her eight grandchildren: Alexander Forti (Amber), Nicholas Forti (Sarah), Katherine Forti-Vargas (Ramon), Ian Alexander, Drew Sober, Madalyne Sober, Grey Gourley, Emmet “Alex” Alexander, Jr; and her four great-grandchildren: Tyler Forti, Josephina Vargas, Emelia Vargas, and Bryce Forti. Marie was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. A member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, her faith was a source of comfort and strength for her. She served her community as a long-time educator in Chesterfield County schools, working as a teacher, substitute teacher, and tutor. She graduated from John Tyler Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in education followed by graduate work in education, earning several endorsements. Her students loved her. Her family, many friends, and her children’s friends will remember fondly her cheerfulness, friendliness, and caring demeanor. She will be dearly missed. A graveside is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park

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  1. “They say there is a reason. They say that time will heal. But neither time nor reason will change the way I feel. For no-one knows the heartache that lies behind my smile. No-one knows how many times I have broken down and cried. I want to tell you something so there won’t be any doubt. You’re so wonderful to think of. But so hard to be without.” Author Unknown. My Marie carried herself with the gentle grace of a Queen. My Marie was more beautiful than any movie star. My Marie presented herself with the impeccable elegance of a First Lady. My Marie is and will always be one of the greatest people I have ever known and loved. Her love for different cultures embraced us all and expanded our global appreciation for man/womankind. She empowered her children to reach for the stars and beyond. My Marie blessed me with the Alexander Children who brought so much joy to my life. I want to thank Edward, Donna, Emmet, Shelley, Andy and Ivan for sharing such a lovely lady over the years. Marie loved unconditionally and reared six amazing children who now carry on her lineage so that she lives and remains in my heart forever. My love to you all. Mary Ann

  2. Donna and family, I was very sad to hear about Marie. She was a sweet lady. Love to all. Melanie J. Miller

  3. “And He will raise MARIE up on eagles wings
    Bare MARIE on the breath of dawn
    Make MARIE shine like the sun
    And hold MARIE in the palm
    Of His hand”

  4. Mary Ann says:

    Neither Death Nor Life
    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)”

  5. Mary Ann says:


    I read this poem and thought that maybe, perhaps, just maybe, if Marie were to offer words of wisdom at this time of grief and of devastation, she would proclaim words of comfort, -as she did as a mother, -an educator, and -an angel on earth, She would whisper to us all:

    I Am The New Year
    Author Unknown

    Life, I am the new year.
    I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
    I am your next chance at the art of living.

    I am your opportunity to practice
    what you have learned about life
    during the last twelve months.

    All that you sought
    and didn’t find is hidden in me,
    waiting for you to search it out
    with more determination.

    All the good that you tried for
    and didn’t achieve
    is mine to grant
    when you have fewer conflicting desires.

    All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do,
    all that you hoped but did not will,
    all the faith that you claimed but did not have –
    these slumber lightly,
    waiting to be awakened
    by the touch of a strong purpose.

    I am your opportunity
    to renew your allegiance to Him who said,
    ‘behold, I make all things new.’

    I am the new year.

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