Loretta C. Alexander was born in Ponca City, Okla., on May 22, 1942. She was the first child born to the union of Ralph Taylor and Loretha Phillips.
Loretta accepted Jesus Christ at an early age, before completing her high schooleducationat McClymonds High in Oakland, Calif.
Loretta met and married Ralph Coleman in West Oakland at Trinity Baptist Church. To this union three children were born: Sonya, Sandra and Anthony Coleman. She later moved her family to Seattle, Wash., where she met and married Charles Alexander, who preceded her in death. Loretta was employed with the federal government before becoming a housewife.
Loretta's hobbies were sewing, cooking and socializing with her many family and friends. Her first cousins affectionately knew her as "Cinderella," as she was the oldest niece to a host of uncles and aunts. Loretta loved to stay in contact with her family; it was never a surprise to get a phone call from her in the middle of the night. Her first words were "Hey, baby," or "I love you" as she was expressing her feelings toward friends and family.
Loretta died on Jan. 26, and was preceded in death by her mother, Loretha Myers, and her father, Ralph Taylor.
She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory twin daughters Sonya Toombs, of Vancouver, Wash., and SandraColeman, Oakland, Calif.; a son, AnthonyColeman, Portland;abrother, DonaldTaylor,of Stockton, Calif.; eight grandchildren;one great-grandchild;an uncle,WillieMac Phillips, Phoenix, Ariz.; aunts Mary Alice Harper, Portland, Lillian Marie Lathan, Seattle, Wash. and Geneva Elliot, Portland; one great-aunt, Addie Mae Burns, of Vancouver, Wash.; and a host of family and friends.