Andrea Joan (Donnell) Alexander

January 19, 1933 ~ February 19, 2021 (age 88)

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Andrea Joan (Donnell) Alexander, age 88, passed away February 19, 2021 at her home.  Andrea was born January 19, 1933 in Newark, NJ to parents Charles and Marjorie Donnell.  She and her family settled in the Kansas City area where she graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1951.  She attended Baker University and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.  In 1953, while attending Baker University, she met the love of her life, Jack Alexander.  They were married in 1954 and together they were blessed with sons William in 1954, Michael in 1957 and John in 1970 (yes, that’s right … 1970).  They raised their boys in Roeland Park, Merriam and Shawnee, Kansas.  Andrea worked as an administrative assistant for Atlantic Schools and VF Corporation as a customer service representative where she retired in 1998. She was also a personal trainer at Curves until she was well into her 80’s.  Andrea loved to travel the world and took many trips with her family and friends, but her favorite place was Ireland and often referred to it as her Happy Place.  Andrea is proceeded in death by her father Charles, mother Marjorie, husband Jack and sons William and Michael.  She is survived by her son John and his wife Kathleen, who she referred to as the daughter she never had, sister Linda Teter and her husband Dwight, brother Chuck Donnell, grandchildren Madison, Gabrielle, Heather, Jared, Amy, Ashley, Whitney, Nicoll and Michael, 9 nieces and nephews, multiple great-grandchildren and her best friend Laurel Wilson.  Andrea was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed by all whose life she touched.  A graveside service will be held April 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens 23215 W 75th St, Shawnee, KS 66227.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the American Cancer Society in Andrea’s name.

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Graveside Service
April 9, 2021

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens
23215 W. 75th St
Shawnee, KS 66227


American Cancer Society of Kansas City
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City MO 64105

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