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Doris Alexander

October 4, 1926 - June 6, 2021

Our beloved Mom, Nana, and friend, Doris Alexander, went to Heaven on June 6, 2021, joining her husband Jack Alexander and other loved ones.

She was born October 4, 1926 to Walter Wallace Niell and Willie Mae Butrom Niell in White Rock, Texas. She was currently residing in Melissa, Texas and was 94 years old.

Mom was a true, one-of-a-kind trailblazer.  After making it through the great depression as a child, she went on to become the only one in her family to graduate high school.  She became a Car Hop during WWII.  Additionally, she assembled meals at the shipyards to assist with the war effort.  She lived a life of many adventures and was a true innovator.  She soon became known for her ability to bring friends, family, and fans together with her love of cooking and feeding people.  She especially loved creating and delighting others with her famous desserts! Delicious Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Cake, Pecan Fudge, and Fried Apple Pies (Just to name a few~ You know your favorites!)

After marrying and raising her four daughters Vickie Suzanne, Sherrie Jo, Judy Laura, and Debbie Lynn, they eventually partnered as successful restaurateurs.  Doris' exceptional food brought her much deserved praise and accolades over the years.  Just one of her many write-ups was for her #1 Rated Cinnamon Roll as featured in Dallas' D Magazine. 

She was a woman of faith and had a big heart.  We will remember her Love of Cooking, Teaching, Gambling, Singing, Laughing, Dancing, Story Telling, and of course her Texas Pride!

Her spirit will be with us Forever, so until we meet again..."Shall The Circle ~ Be Unbroken."

We love you...

Doris’ loving family includes her Daughters, Vickie Litton and husband Lee, Sherrie Chandler, Judy Randolph and husband Jim, and Debbie Bolden and husband Darrell; Grandchildren, Christopher Ray Piland, Calley Welborn and husband Tom, Ashley Beasley and husband Will, Sadie Jane Vandehey and husband Michael, Kieston Schrock and husband Steve, Joseph Flohr, Eric Randolph, Bret Randolph and wife Betsy, and Sophie Alexander Bolden, Great-grandchildren, Kylie Lostetter, Carson Piland, Malcolm Marfori, Zinn Marfori, Ripley Beasley, Iver Welborn, Abigail Marie Spicer, Lillian Annette Ford, Riley Vandehey, Brenden Vandehey, Justin Schrock, Isaiah Schrock, Corey Randolph, Reagan Randolph, and Bethany Randolph; Great-great-grandson, Camden Randolph; Sisters and brothers, Billie, Dovie, Ethel, Charles, Sue, Jack, and Patsy; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving family members and many family friends.

A pavilion service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Garden Pavilion in Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  Due to heavy rain, Doris will be laid to rest beside her husband in Melissa Cemetery at a later date.

Pallbearers are Lee Litton, Jim Randolph, Joseph Flohr, Steve Schrock, Michael Vandehey, Isaiah Schrock, Justin Schrock, Brett Randolph, Corey Randolph.  Honorary pallbearers are Christopher Piland, Eric Randolph, and Darrell Bolden.

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We love Aunt Doris so much. The services were exactly what I was hoping for. It was so great to see so many relatives in one place. I would love to travel back in time to those wonderful times at her house. I can still hear Aunt Doris yelling at Tom Landry to get Morton off the field and put Staubach back in! Anytime I was near Melissa, I would stop by for cornbread and couldn't leave till I packed some to go. She loved watching folks enjoy some good food. My Dad especially loved Aunt Doris. He once told me she was the best thing that ever happed to him.
David Alexander, June 10, 2021
Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the family! Praying for God’s comfort and grace and His precious peace to fill the hearts of all who loved her in Jesus name. Sincerely,
Shirley and Henry Huggins, June 10, 2021 Condolences and prayers for your family. Bronwyn JonesHarvey , June 9, 2021 Ms. Doris was a spunky, straightforward ray of sunshine and I was privileged to share some treasured times with her for the last 2.5 years! She always lifted my spirits, no matter what kind of day or week I was having….and we always shared a laugh or two remembering old times and how kids nowadays probably wouldn’t survive what WE went through. She will be missed very much! Fly high ms. Doris…. I will see you on the other side.
Angie Bautista-Steffens, June 9, 2021 Her stories, recipes & SMILE will live on 4ever??when all we see is the battle, You see our victory. When all we see is the mountain, You see a mountain moved. And as we walk through the shadows, Your love surrounds us….There’s nothing to fear now for we our safe with You.
Kassidy, June 9, 2021 I’ll miss our one-on-one times.
Lee Litton, June 8, 2021 My mama (Betty Alexander) said that she would call Aunt Doris to see if it was a good time to come visit and by the time we got there, she had a pie on the table. She was the ultimate hostess. My favorite was her homemade banana nut ice cream. When I make ice cream, it's the only recipe I use and I always think of her. Aunt Doris could cook, talk, and laugh at the same time! Our thoughts and prayers are with "the girls" Ann DeWitt, June 8, 2021 American Heroine Boone , June 8, 2021 My favorite memory of Doris was when she and Papa Jack would dance in their kitchen. They both made it look so flawless. She would smile as Papa Jack would gently swirl her around. It always reminded of the old Waylon Jennings song...'If You Wanna be Happy, Just Watch Me and your Mama Dance." Afterwards we would sit down to this this huge spread...chicken, roast, vegetables, rolls, salads, desserts, and so much more she couldn't get it all on the table. And then she would, unapologetically, clean me out a poker. I would tease her about having a low card in my hand, like a 3 of clubs or something, acting like I hand the best hand, and she would just stare at me and say "You ain't got squat!" and then break out into that memorable laugh of hers. I'll miss you, Doris, and your funny little laugh, and that grin, and that food, but at least, I'll have more money in my pocket. Rest in peace, sugar. Hold down the fort until we get there. Michael K Sharp, June 8, 2021 Doris was every young nephew’s dream Aunt. She was beautiful and she made the best cakes ever! Heaven will be THE place to go for cake now! Rick, June 7, 2021 In the spirit of god we love the family we are there in the spirit of god’s hands we will know how much they gave us together Blaine Hardin, June 7, 2021 May she’s sore among the angels because she is one. God opened is kingdom with open arms. One amazing lady who will truly be missed,Sophie shared so many of her fabulous stories. May her memory be everlasting. Sincerely Colleen Christopher Dimitri Tishlias 
Colleen Calvin Tishlias, June 7, 2021 My deepest condolences are with each of you . Our Mother’s always leave such sweet memories in our hearts . Reading some of the post it tells just how amazing your Mom really was . I always loved reading Judy’s post and pictures of food and pies that they had made together. I know you will all miss her but always keep her presence in your hearts . Joanna Copeland Shropshire, June 7, 2021 Don’t even have the words right now. But I can say that I am humble, thankful and extremely more blessed that I got to know this amazing woman. Holding you all so close right now. Tom Welborn, June 7, 2021 Mama, What an example you set for me. To love family, do your best in everything that you do and “to show up and be somebody. I love you so very much and will miss you terribly. When you get to Heaven Chris will be there to give you a big kiss and hug like only he can do! Knowing that I will be in Heaven with my Lord and you brings me great joy. Your loving daughter Vickie Suzanne Litton, June 7, 2021