Alva Fay “Bitsey” McAlexander, age 71, of Newark, passed away on January 21, 2017. She was born in Santa Ana, California on February 22, 1945. She was preceded by her father, Tharon Albert Bailey and her mother, Azlee Wanda Funderburk.
Bitsey was survived by her husband, Virgil C. McAlexander; daughters, Laura (Mike) Judd of Garden Valley, California and Debra (Stephen) Boyer of Newark; sisters, Deffie “Lynn” Amos of Susanville, California, Twila (Butch) Schwab of Newark, Earla “Dawn” Hensley of Salem, Oregon; brothers, Ralph Hensley of Redding, California and Ira (Gracie) Jackson of Salem, Oregon; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, and a host of friends and other family.
Bitsey was an accomplished artist and shared her love of art by teaching students of all ages. She was queen of the local chapter of Newark Hummingbirds Red Hat Society. Bitsey touched many lives and will be dearly missed by all.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400.