Margaret Alexander


Margaret “Chan” Alexander died peacefully Feb. 19 at Tucker Hospice in Kannapolis, North Carolina, following a lengthy illness. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, she was the oldest daughter of John Rea Alexander and Gypsy Alexander-Hulihan. She grew up in Atlantic Beach and graduated from Fletcher High in 1974. She attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Chan was predeceased by her father, John Alexander; stepfather Thomas Hulihan, Jr.; brother Daniel Alexander; and grandparents Margaret C. Stone and Larry C. Yount and Dr. Samuel and Rebecca Alexander. She is survived by her son, Luther Alexander Marsden (Connie) and a grandson, Avery Alexander Marsden; her longtime companion and fiancé Dan Prieto; mother Gypsy Alexander-Hulihan; sister Virginia Lee Alexander; two brothers Tom Rankin and Jay Alexander (Mark); stepbrothers Tommy Hulihan (Kelly), Michael Hulihan (Tina) and Scott Hulihan (Tracey); and many other relatives.

Chan’s working career included the Jacksonville Beach Chamber of Commerce and Kirby-Howell Law Firm, followed by many years with the Stockton Realty Group in Ponte Vedra Beach, primarily in property management. She also volunteered for the City Mission House and various other charities. Known for her green thumb, she thoroughly enjoyed gardening, raising her kittens and trips to the mountains. She and Dan lived in China Grove, North Carolina, for the past year.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held March 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Nathan Wilson Center for the Performing Arts on the south campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville on Beach Boulevard and will include an informal luncheon. Memorials of flowers or donations to your favorite charity are welcome.