Janie L. Alexander, homemaker, dies

She enjoyed cooking and was an accomplished seamstress

  • Janie Lee Alexander
Janie Lee Alexander
March 23, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Janie L. Alexander, a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and entertaining, died March 15 of heart failure at her West Baltimore home. She was 95.

Janie Lee Huff, the daughter of farmers, was born and raised in Elberton, Ga., where she graduated from Elbert County public schools.

She was married in 1932 to Jack Alexander, who then moved with his new wife to Baltimore when he went to work for Armco Steel as a steelworker. He died in 1972.

During the 1960s, Mrs. Alexander was a cook in the cafeteria of Commercial Credit Co. on St. Paul Place.

Mrs. Alexander's memorable and tradition-laden dinners included Thanksgiving and Christmas when she baked her three-tiered black walnut caramel cakes, which "never lasted long," family members recalled.

"She was a charitable soul who always opened her doors to children in the neighborhood, offering a warm meal and love," said Peggy Powell, a granddaughter who lives in Mount Washington.

"Janie was also a skilled and gifted seamstress who could create fashions that could rival even the very best," said Ms. Powell.

She was a longtime active member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, where services were held Monday.

Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Johnson of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. She was predeceased by her four sons, Haywood Alexander, Charles Alexander, Karl Alexander and Michael Alexander; and two daughters, Eleanor Powell and Beatrice Holmes.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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