Gloria Alexander

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Gloria Alexander of Martha’s Vineyard and Sarasota, Fla., died peacefully on Dec. 22, 2020. Gloria lived for her family. She was a loving wife and a doting mother and grandmother, always smiling and ready with a hug.

Gloria was born in Springfield, and first began summering on the Vineyard in the MVCMA as a young teenager. Some of her favorite times were spent sailing with her college girlfriends aboard the Lazy Lady during their yearly summer visits. In the 1940s, as a teenage fisherwoman, Gloria represented the Island by meeting with Curt Gowdy, a Boston sportswriter, for catching the largest striper in her class. 

Gloria made the Campground a lifelong home, continuing to enjoy summers in her cottage, and participating in Illumination Nights and other Campground functions. Gloria also had a home on East Chop, overlooking Crystal Lake and Nantucket Sound. She enjoyed sitting on her deck watching ferry boats entering Vineyard Haven, and the lovely sunsets.

Gloria enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities such as skiing, golf, tennis, and hiking. She was a member of the East Chop Beach and Tennis Club, as well as a charter member of the Farm Neck Country Club. While living in Florida, she became an active golf and tennis member of the Meadows Country Club. 

Before retiring to the Vineyard and Florida, Gloria was an elementary school teacher in Connecticut. True to form, she treated her students with the love and kindness that came so naturally to her.

Gloria leaves behind Dr. Albert Alexander, her husband of 61 years; her two sons, Rob and Todd Alexander; her three grandchildren, Justin, Sofia, and Sebastian; and a sister, Carol Norbury. 

  • I first met Gloria at Shore Thing on Oak Bluffs Harbor we had so many laughs and I enjoyed all of our conversations! Gloria was always so sweet, funny and great story teller! Sending prayers and hugs to the Alexander family..XO Marilyn Moses

  • GLORIA WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON WITH A WARM AND WELCOMING SMILE THAT BELIED THE STRENGTH THAT LAY WITHIN HER SPIRIT..MY MOST HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO AL, ROB AND TODD …

  • We very recently learned that Gloria had passed away. We met her in Florida and since we also have a home on Martha’s Vineyard continued our friendship there. She sponsored us for ECTennis Club membership.
    She was a warm, friendly and very family-oriented person and will be missed by her many friends and family. Our thoughts are with all who mourn.

    Wendy and Skip Ulrich

  • Gloria was our neighbor in Hamden, CT. for many years, and she first introduced our two sons to the Vineyard when she and Al would take them to the Island on weekends with her two sons. Eventually, she got my wife and I to try the Island for ourselves. After a few years of renting, we bought a Campground cottage of our own and have enjoyed the Vineyard ever since. Gloria was a force of life and a true friend. We will miss her dearly. Rest in peace, Gloria.

  • So very sorry to learn of Gloria’s passing. We will very much miss meeting Gloria on her walks around Trinity Circle, always smilling, fun and happy. Our heartfelt condolences to Al, Todd and all her family. John and Mary Newsom]

  • Oh! Gloria you made me rember my good times at Martha’s Vineyard I lived for almost 8 wonderful time working at Xtramart Gas Station. I Met lovely People Have Roots in This Island. Thaks For everyone Tips Me.God Bless all Of You !!!

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