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Marilyn Lois Alexander



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Marilyn Lois (Jenkins) Alexander of Newtown passed away peacefully at her home on July 24, 2022. She was born in Queens, New York, on November 2, 1938.

After graduating from Jamaica High School, Marilyn went on to earn her BA from Bryant College in Providence, Rhode Island, where she met her future husband. After starting a family in New York, Paul and Marilyn moved to Newtown in 1968.

Always dedicated to others, Marilyn led a life of service. Her volunteer career started as the publisher of the Hawley School Bee Hive. Marilyn served frequently in the Newtown Public School system while her children attended middle and high school, despite her children’s pleas not to. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Marilyn was a Cub Scout den mother. She played the dutiful chauffeur for children, commanding the helm of their 1956 Ford Country Squire Wagon (seats nine). Marilyn was also a longtime member of Newtown Congregational Church and served in many capacities. The list of committees and boards that Marilyn served on is long and distinguished: Regional Hospice, Newtown Meals on Wheels, and the Newtown Woman’s Club are just a few. Above all, she viewed her greatest achievement to be that of teaching generations of Newtowners how to swim.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her loving husband, Paul Alexander.

She is survived by her children Paul, Stuart (Pam), Douglas (Gabriela), Kathryn (Jeff), and Peter (Lynn); as well as grandchildren Paul, Meghan, Lauren, Eric, Anne, Isabel, Olivia, Gracie, Mark, Preston, Dixon, Thomas, and Robert. She has five great-grandchildren.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2 pm Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Private interment will be in Union Cemetery, Waterford, at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Regional Hospice, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury CT 06810 or regionalhospiceCT.org.

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