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Carolyn Jean Alexander (Schneider)

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Carolyn Jean Alexander (Schneider) passed away peacefully on May 31, 2017, at the age of 93. She was born in Thomson, IL on October 10, 1923 to Robert L. and Lillian W. Fuller. She was raised in Freeport, IL, and was wed to James Rideout Schneider on February 14, 1944. Soon after the wedding James was shipped-out with the US Navy to contribute to the war effort during WWII. They moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1946 when James accepted a job with Mountain States Telephone Company after being honorably discharged from the service. They moved to Roswell, NM in 1961 when Jim was transferred there for a new supervisory position with the company.
Carolyn Jean was devoted to the Lord and enjoyed church gatherings and Bible study. She had a lifelong love of music, possessed a beautiful soprano voice and was an enthusiastic church choir member and eventual director. Gospel music and hymns were particular favorites. She danced to the big bands in Chicago in the ‘40s and survived the ‘60s British music invasion that landed firmly in her household. She was an accomplished homemaker and gracious hostess to family and friends. Her pies, cookies and cakes were enthusiastically received on the days she devoted to baking. She raised three boys in an atmosphere filled with love, who compare their home life to the popular TV series “Leave It to Beaver.” All of the holidays were big events, celebrated with an air of excitement and fun. She held several jobs in various retail establishments through the years, until eventually becoming the New Mexico Chaves County magistrate court clerk during the ‘70s. She greeted the public, arranged the court docket for the judges and basically organized the busy office into a well-oiled machine during her 13-year tenure. She loved automobiles and was a good driver/rider, always up for a vacation road adventure or a trip to the grocery store. She was active in local and national politics, which were often discussed around the dinner table.
In 1980, Carolyn Jean married E.R.”Dick” Alexander, who was a genuine gentleman cowboy. Together they ran a successful business breeding Brangus cattle and produced some award-winning stock. She loved all animals and a long series of lucky dogs and cats shared her life. One particular highlight for her was helping to save a new-born calf by taking it into the house and lavishing warmth and care on it after a difficult, cold winter birth. A gift from Dick, “Brandy” became her beloved pet and was one of her favorite memories from those years.
Carolyn Jean was an avid reader and particularly favored biographies of famous people.
She is survived by her sons James Allen of Albuquerque, NM, Jon Robert of Hillsboro, OR, and Dwain Jay of Forest Grove, OR. She is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She made the world a better place, and her memory will remain in her family’s hearts forever.
Funeral arrangements are pending for internment at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, NM. A private family ceremony is planned.