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Iva Mae Alexander Kobayashi
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 21, 1924
  • Place of birth:
    Hemphill, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 25, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

Please Join us for a Celebration of Life for Iva Mae Alexander Kobayashi
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
11 A.M.
First United Methodist Church, Dickinson, Texas 77539    
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Iva Mae Alexander Kobayashi, 87. Iva Mae “Granny Goose” Alexander Kobayashi, born on July 21, 1924 in Hemphill, Texas, peacefully passed away on April 25, 2012 in the arms of her daughter, Dickie Sue. Iva was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Dick Alexander and Toke Kobayashi; Her parents, Walter and Dona Tatum; and brother, Gaylon Tatum. She is survived by her daughter, Dickie Sue Fries and son in law Joe of Las Cruces, NM and son Richard Alexander Jr. and daughter in law Jan of Dickinson, TX; and grandchildren: Tom Deale and Annemarie, Monica Rico and Dustin, Samy Mears and Aaron, Dona Rowe and Corey; great grandchildren: Caroline, Celeste, Alexandria, Reagan, Alexander, and Gracie Mae; and many other close family members and life-long friends that she loved dearly.

Iva and Dick Alexander were known for being proprietors of Alexander’s Pharmacy in Dickinson, TX and being very involved in the local community. Iva was a devout Christian with an extremely strong faith and could often be found with a bible in hand or her head bowed in prayer. Her Lord and Savior was the central focus of her life and we are confident her smile was gleaming more than ever when she arrived to meet Him.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later time but will be held in late July 2012, when all family members will be able to attend. Please check back for more details.

Please click on the "Stories" Tab above and share your memories of Iva "Granny Goose" with the family.  We would really love to hear them.

 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dona Rowe on 25th April 2013

"Hard to believe it has been a year.  Miss ya Goose.  Love ya."

This tribute was added by Janie Tatum on 25th April 2013

"It doesn't seem like a year has gone by since Aunt Iva Mae went to be with our Lord and Savior. We think of her often and all of the special times we spent with her.
God is our strength...
Love to all,  Byron (Scooter) & Janie"

This tribute was added by Janie Tatum on 21st July 2012

"We wanted to light a candle for Aunt Iva Mae's Birthday today.
God is our comforter.
Love and Prayers to all,
Byron (Scooter) and Janie"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 27th May 2012

"I will be remembering you, your family and your seet Mama in my thoughts and i9n my hearat.  Her light will be missed by all!
With love, Heather
Dr. Nattrakom's assistant"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 27th May 2012

"Our hearts go out to you and your family during your time of sorrow.  Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mama.  Our thoughts are with you during your jou8rney through grief.  Peace, prayers and blessings.  
Our deepest condolences,
Dr. Thomas Nattakom and Staff"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 27th May 2012

"Dear Sue and Joe,
May our Lord, who is the Good Shepherd, hold you very close as you grieve over your Mother"s death.
With sympathy, Karin McClain
Grief is the price we pay for love.
         QUEEN ELIZABETH II"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 27th May 2012

"We alll did love your Mother so much and felt she (and her family) were family.  We hae many many fond memories as far back as Conroe! Then rearing our children together.  We will see you in July.  She was such a beautiful lady---both inside and out!
Love and Prayers,
Phraulene, Doris, Phyllis and Family"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 27th May 2012

"We are so sad to learn of Iva's passing.  With love and friendship!
Pat Jaquez and Carmen"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 27th May 2012

"Sue, Joe and Family, We were all so sorry to learn of Iva's passing.  We were so fond of her and her engaging personality.  Dean and I enjoyed ou8r visits with iva very much.  Thank you for having shared her with us.  Much love,
Carmen and Dean Davidson"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 27th May 2012

"Dear Sue, It was enjoyable visiting with your mother earlier and regret her passing.  I know you will miss her as we all love and miss our mothers.  Please accept my deepest regret over your irreplaceable loss.
Sincerely, Barbara Marrot"

This tribute was added by Dona Rowe on 18th May 2012

"I'm missing my Granny Goose today.  I wore the perfume she wore today, and I kept thinking she was nearby.  Love ya Granny."

This tribute was added by Janie Tatum on 9th May 2012

"Sue and Richard,
Aunt Iva Mae will always have a special place in our hearts. She was a blessing to us and we loved her. We have many fond memories and deeply miss her. She did so much for her family and friends. You and your families have our love and prayers always.  
Janie and Byron (Scooter)"

This tribute was added by Ricki Bergeron on 7th May 2012

"Dear Dickie Sue, Richard and families, So sorry to hear of Iva's passing.  What a beautiful Lady.  Please know that Alexander and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.  Love, Ricki & Alexander Bergeron~"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Marla Janecka Enersen
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
Marla wrote: "I loved how much you loved each other, the relationship you had with each other was so unconditional, not matter how out of sync your opinions where, you gave each other that right. You did the same for your daughter, it is beautiful to watch. Love her so much for making you for me.""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"God bless you and your family.  You had a wonderful mother and I enjoyed being there for her shower. Thank you and God Bless You. 

(CV) Sylvia   

Sylvia came from Gentiva Home Health Care and helped me give mother a shower the last several weeks.  She was so gentle and sweet with mother.  Mother felt so wonderful after she had her shower and put on a clean gown and climbed (with help) back into"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Retha Kelley
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
Dearest Friend,
I just read your message.  Oh Sue, I am so, so, sorry.  I didn't know your mom well, but I fell in love with her the first time we met.  I was just shocked, when I saw your e-mail.  Is there anything I can do for you?  I know you took wonderful care of her and she will be missed by all.  When you are wanting to talk and go out, let me"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Judd, Jo Anna and Madi
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
Dear Sue and Joe,
there is no way to0 lessen the sorrow of losing someone so precious to you, but please remember others care very much and wish you strength and comfort at this sad time.

Keep close to your heart all your warm memories, they will sustain and bring comfort as you mourn the loss of your mother. With love, Judd, JoAnna and M"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Polly McFadden (The Stamp Act)
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
"Sometimes it's hard to find the right words, but it's never hard to tell you how much I care."

Sue, I was sorry to hear about your Mother's death.  I know how close you were to her and how much you will miss her being with you.  I hope in time you can remember the many lovely times you spent together and that will help heal the hur"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Judy and Tom Smith
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
Dearest Sue, I was so very sorry to hear of  your mother's passing! You and she had such a good relationship.  I know you will miss her terribly.  I hope you got to spend some quality time with her before she got so terribly ill.  Tom and I will be thinking good thoughts for you, Joe and your family. "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Marla Janecka Enersen
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
Marla wrote: "I loved how much you loved each other, the relationship you had with each other was so unconditional, not matter how out of sync your opinions where, you gave each other that right. You did the same for your daughter, it is beautiful to watch. Love her so much for making you for me.""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"David Bergeron
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/04/2012
David wrote: "Sorry to hear our loss. She was kind and always had a great smile on her face! She had a blessed later life being with you and Joe. Hope to see you'll on my next trip through Las Cruces.""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Georgia Hawk Chapman
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/04/2012
So sorry to hear about your MOM will keep you in our prayers.""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Amy Garcia
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/04/2012
Amy wrote: "I'm so sorry that she is no longer here with you but you will have a reunion in heaven someday! I will be praying for you and your family.""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Dave Gates
Shared by Richard Alexander on 05/02/2012
Dick and Iva Alexander were one of the truly handsome couples of the area..."

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Daniel Bergeron
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
Dona told me that Iva passed. I am very sorry for your loss. you guys are in our thought and prayers."

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Jeanie Bullard Tidwell
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
  "May the presence of the "God of All Comfort" be with you all as you go through the loss of your mother.""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Marilyn Hall McClain
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
   "Dickie Sue, so sorry to hear about your Mom.""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Darla Tice Rakoczy
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
    "I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet, vibrant, beautiful mother--how fortunate I feel that I got to meet her! Sending you good thoughts and prayers!""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

""May God be with all of you in mind and soul." Olivia Strom Tolbert"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

""May God be with all of you in mind and soul." Butch Scarella"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Donnie Thomas
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
I am so sorry. We told stories today, mother and I in her honor. "
 
  Donnie wrote: "So... I have a lot of words I could write... and I will, but for now just take a bit of time for this... think of our mothers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBMPSu044gM""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Audrey Hoke Bain
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
    "Our love and prayers are with you and the family. ""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Dearest Sue, I am very sorry to hear about your mother. :( She was such a wonderful person and I am going to miss her! My prayers and love are with you and your family. "
Christine Smiggen"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"    "Lovely Sue, HUGS to you for being the wonderful daughter forever to your precious mother. I am sorry to hear of her passing. What a blessing that you were holding her in your arms as she quietly slipped away....You and your family are in my prayers♥"  
Gail Lieurance"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"  Shannon Neparko  wrote: "So sorry for your loss Sue, but celebrating her Heavenly reunion. Praying for God's comfort and strength.""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Pat wrote: "Sue, I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. I have very fond memories of her. She and my mom were such good friends. Your mom was always nice to me. I always thought she was so beautiful."
Pat Heffron Marburger"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Karen Arnold
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
  Karen wrote: "beautiful to her last days....what a legacy of love she leaves""

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"For your family. Peace and Love are hers. http://youtu.be/556E2_S52i4 On the Other Side Video Dailey & Vincent Dailey & Vincent 1st music video from their 2nd Rounder recording, Brothers from Different Mothers, one entitled On The Other Side
Paula Whatley Spicher"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Sending you much love. ♥" Terry Ann Powell"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"With deepest sympathy at this time of sorrow.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dr. David Warren, Dr. Michael Law and Staff  (Mother's dentist) "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

""Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."
  
 Sue, you are in my heart as your life continues without  your mom.
With love, Connie  
 "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Dear Sue, we re sorry for the loss of your Mom!  It is a loss like no other. She is an angel now to wtch over you just as she has always done.  We love you. You are a very special lady and we are sure your mom had a lot to do with that. 

Jane and Joe Smith"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Sue, so so sorry for your loss.  Please let me know if there is anything that you need.  I'm happy to help in any way I can.  Love and prayers - Ester"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Sue
I am so sorry but am happy that everyone is at peace. Please what can we do?  Cook, clean, or whatever, we are here. Deb Widger"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Sue,
I am so sorry.  I love you.
Tammie
I do not mean to send an impersonal email.  I am on travel in New York. I will call when I am back home.

Forever Crimson!"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Sue,
There are no words great enough to express how sorry I am for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. Please know I am here if you need anything.
Much love,  Anita"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Dear Sue,
  Condolences on the loss of your mother.   Here are my best wishes that you will both celebrate and grieve her passing.   Peace be with you during this new and different time.   Sincerely,     Joe Smith"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Our love and prayers! Judy Hawbaker and Eric, Debbie, Heidi and Thomas Potthoff"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Dearest Sue, Joe and Family.  You are in our thoughts and your Mom will be missed. Love, Polly, Kamran, Shahla, Sherry, Keyon and Suraya"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Sue-

All of us here  were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your mother.  It was always a pleasure to visit with her---she was a very special lady.  Our thought are with you and your family at this time. 
Jeff Bowers 


Jeff was mother's optometrist here in Las Cruces "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"A mother is always precious and yours will be deeply missed. With our love and sympathy.  We love you and Joe.
Karen and Mark Parmeter"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Dear Sue, I was so sorry to hear about your mom's death. I know, even when we know it is soon, nothing really prepares us for the loss of one we love so much. I rejoice for you in the fact that you could be her strength and comfort right to the end. I also know your heart will always be full of wonderful memories of your mom.  May God wrap you in His arms of peace.
Love, Sherry "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Iva was a wonderful Lady! Very special!  I cared a great deal for her---so sorry. My Heart and my thoughts are with you and yours

Love you,

Deb Rico    "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"No one has ever been a better daughter than you. Not only did you care for your mother, but you have been the best role model for Monica and Alee. I admire the way  you show love day after day to your family and friends.  I value being one of those friends.
With love, Stacey  Somppi "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Dear Sue, I hope it comforts you to realize that God is with you every moment---along with all the thoughts and prayers of everyone who cares about you. You and your family are in my heart and in my prayers!

Love, Alice "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"May beautiful memories of a life lived to its fullest linger and the shadow of pain be lessened each passing day. Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

Bob and Toni  Dunn"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"With sincere condolences in your time of sorrow.Let me know if there is anything that I can do. Maude Beakley"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"We wish time spent with those we love could last forever...and in our hearts it will. With sympathy In your loss. We loved her!!! You are in our prayers.

Wyndell and Molly "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Our hearts go out to you, Sue and all of your family on the passing of your mother.We know how important she was in your lives---you'll be in our thoughts.

Fondly, Penny and Bob Kaiser
 "

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Sending caring thoughts your way. Love and hugs to you in the loss of your dear sweet Mom.  Debby Mihalco"

This tribute was added by Sue Fries on 7th May 2012

"Maggie Hoeksema
Shared by Sue Fries on 05/05/2012
Wishing  you strength, courage and peace at this sad time. You are in my thoughts.

Maggie"

This tribute was added by Dolores Hendricks on 5th May 2012

"May God comfort you during your time of sorrow.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Joe."

This tribute was added by Butch Scarcella on 2nd May 2012

"She was always cheerfull and happy, and new how to keep us boys in line."


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