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Joyce Janell Burns Alexander, 82, of Rockwall, peacefully slipped into the arms of the Lord Feb. 4, 2017.
She was born May 3, 1934, in Lubbock, to Russell and Lenora (Hess) Giles. Janell spent the majority of her life in the west Texas area, where she not only served as a homemaker but ambitiously pursued numerous career fields. After training as a bookkeeper, she moved quickly into health care management and ultimately owned and operated nursing homes in Buffalo and Lubbock. After marrying Bill Alexander, she renewed her interest in accounting and assisted him in his CPA practice. Janell was active in the American Business Women's Association and was very involved in numerous activities at the United Methodist Church.
After Bill's death, Janell relocated to Rockwall to be closer to family and quickly became involved in activities at First United Methodist Church of Rockwall. She also was an active member of Women of the Word, United Methodist Women and Friends of the Library. Of all Janell's accomplishments and activities, her passion and focus continued to be her faith and her family.
She is survived by children, Ronnie Burns and wife Susan of Rockwall, Connie Burns Baird and husband James of Dallas and Vicki Burns DeVantier of Richardson; grandchildren, Kevin Burns, Jennifer Burns Flowers and husband Roy, Joshua Baird and wife Jen, Sara Baird Rhodes and husband Anthony, Jennifer Baird, Rachel DeVantier Rice and husband Joe, Audra DeVantier, Heather Roberts, April Roberts, Misty Alexander Waits and husband Brian, Jerod Davis and wife Jessica and Jennifer Davis; six great-grandchildren; and care giver, Maria Garcia.
Janell was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Alexander and her parents.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Rockwall. Graveside service was held Wednesday at Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Dallas (www.alz.org/greaterdallas) or First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, Rockwall, 75087.
Services are under the direction of Rest Haven Funeral Home, Rockwall.
Published on February 8, 2017
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