Yolanda Alexander

Yolanda DeEtta "Boots" Alexander

Friday, August 20th, 1926 - Friday, September 11th, 2020
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ALEXANDER, YOLANDA “BOOTS” DeETTA, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, died on Friday, September 11, 2020, at her home.

Due to restrictions forced by Covid-19, there will be a memorial service at a later date, yet to be determined, for the immediate family.

Boots was born August 20, 1926 in Bennington, Michigan, the daughter of Alfred and Mattie Gurden. She graduated from Owosso High School. On April 16, 1944, Boots married Charles “Chuck” D. Alexander. She was very devoted to Chuck and they were married for 72 years. They lived in Mt. Pleasant since 1968, returning as avid supporters of Central Michigan University. In retirement, they loved supporting CMU sports, rarely missing a home event be it football, men’s basketball, or women’s basketball. They also loved going to Maui for two months during the winter. The two of them were regulars for morning breakfast at the local Big Boy restaurant, so loved there that a plaque was placed in their booth.

Boots loved to make crafts. For many years she had a booth set up at the Mt. Pleasant Craft Show to sell Christmas tree skirts, Christmas angel tree toppers, and ornaments. She was still making intricate homemade Christmas cards until her death. She was also a longstanding member of Mt. Pleasant Women’s Club.

Boots was preceded in death by Chuck on November 4, 2016. She also was preceded in death by older siblings Arlena Lawson, Rodney Gurden, Arnold Gurden, Minnie Gurden, and Verlena Briand, who mostly resided around Owosso and Corunna.

She is survived by her four children: Darlene (Bruce) Lewis, Cindy (Gordon) Sauer, Dan (Cherry) Alexander, and Kip (Deb) Alexander; along with 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
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Joe Brown

Posted at 08:42pm
I spent a great deal of time in Boots and Charlie's home as a child. Great memories on State Street. Sorry for your loss Dan and also Kip, Cindy and Darlene. She reached out to me a few years ago and we had a great conversation. They were both very good to me

Cindy Newkirk Yenkel

Posted at 12:53pm
Boots and Chuck were my parents’ best friends while at CMU. I enjoyed her stories and memories of her time spent with my parents. She always had awarm smile and comforting embrace. Such an amazing lady that will be dearly missed.

Melissa Dutcher

Posted at 12:34pm
Getting to know and spend the last 6 years with boots has been something i will treasure forever. I miss you boots but I keep Imagining the smile on your face when you were reunited with Chuck. RIP i love you

Meredith Thompson Posted at 11:56am

Cindy, I have thought of you often through the years, and your parents. I visited them once in Bowling Green and talked to your father when he spoke in Corunna at the VFW. I am so sorry for your loss. I also hope you are doing well, I know many classmates that would love to see you. Your mother was very special and always so gracious.

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