Arleen Alexander, the daughter of Aaron and Alberta Hurley, was born on August 17, 1939 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Arleen received her education at the Indianapolis Public School of Crispus Attucks High School. Having professed hope in Christ at an early age, she attended Jesus Saves Lighthouse Church.
Arleen married the love of her life. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Blake Alexander Jr. on July 20, 1964. Their life was blessed with eleven children.
Arleen worked for Western Electric for many years until they went out of business. She also worked for Wishard Memorial Hospital which is now called Eskenazi Hospital until she retired.
Arleen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was loved by all who knew her.
Arleen’s favorite sayings were : “What’s up”, “That’s my nigga”, and “I know, right”. Arleen’s favorite colors were purple and gold.
Arleen never forgot anything. She had a great memory. She could remember stuff that we would forget. She remembered everybody’s birthdays from her kids to her grandkids. She was a loving mother that kept us in order along with the whole neighborhood. She was a fashion dresser and had a wardrobe of beautiful clothes.
Arleen was a great cook and always made sure you didn’t leave her house hungry. Her kids and grandkids would call her up to ask her to cook certain meals . They loved her cooking. She loved listening to her music. She even knew her music better than some of the Dj’s. But her passion was decorating. She loved decorating the inside of her house and her children’s houses too.
Arleen’s favorite holiday was Christmas. The family had some of the prettiest Christmas trees you would ever want to see. Mom would tell us to write down our Christmas list and trust and believe we got everything on that list. She would go all out decorating the inside and the outside of our house during Christmas. One year our outside Christmas decor-ations were put in the newspaper. She would get so many compliments on her decorating skills. She was definitely gifted in that category. She also loved to paint. She would paint something old and make it look like new again. Her paintings were so good you would have thought she bought them from the store. She had that special touch.
Arleen loved her stories/soaps and was an avid watcher for over 50 years. We couldn’t call her when the stories/soaps were on. She would say “I’ll call you back when the stories/soaps go off”.…really Mom?? We also can’t forget about her sports which she enjoyed watching. She enjoyed watching the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, and the Dallas Cowboys, but her favorite team was the Golden State Warriors. She loved her some Steph Curry. She would get so excited watching him play. Mom, they won the Championship!
Arleen departed this life on Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 at the age of eighty two years, 11 months and 2 days. She was preceded in death by her husband Blake Alexander Jr; son, Gerald Alexander; her parents, Aaron and Alberta Hurley; 4 sisters, Arnetta Wells, Arlinda Johnson, Ardella Tyler, and Argenia Hampton; and her brother, Terry Scott.
Arleen leaves to cherish her precious memories, five daughters, Sherry Alexander Stigler, Carolyn Alexander, Belinda Alexander Edmonds (George), Wanda Alexander Robinson and Angela Alexander; five sons, Anthony Alexander, Jerry Alexander, Rodney Alexander, Dejuane Alexander and Jarron Alexander; twenty four grandchildren, thirty six great grandchildren; two sisters, Arnella Parker and Arabella Kilpatrick; one brother, Randolph Scott; sister in-law, Brenda Johnson (Cornelius); best friends Angeline Clay and Jackie; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.