Grace (Forbes) Alexander
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Grace Maye (Forbes) Alexander (b. 1874 - d. 1957) was born May 25, 1874 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the daughter of Theodore B. and Jennie (Coates) Forbes.
Grace came to Arizona in 1905 and worked as a secretary at Alexander & Christy Law Firm, continuing after her marriage to Joseph Alexander on December 28, 1912. She and Joseph had two daughters: Eleanor B. Alexander (born 1906) and Jane Alexander (born January 3, 1914).
Grace was very active in civic organizations, including Phoenix Women's Club, the Federation Woman's Club of Arizona, Daughters of the American Revolution, Phoenix Symphony Guild, Heard Museum, Civic Opera, and the Phoenix Garden Club.
She was founder and first president of the Arizona Republican Woman's Club, and in 1924, she was the first woman delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 1942, she was a candidate on the Republican ticket for the Arizona state legislature from Maricopa County, District No. 5.
From 1949-1950, Grace was the National President of the Women's Auxiliary, The United Spanish War Veterans. The United Spanish War Veterans (1904-1992) consisted of veterans of the Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, and the Chinese Relief Expedition.
The Women's Auxiliary unit of the United Spanish War Veterans was organized by a group of women in Cleveland, Ohio to aid the men in camps, meet the trains, and minister to the sick on the return home. This organization was chartered in 1904 and was structured on the same lines as the United Spanish War Veterans, having national departments and local auxiliaries.
Grace Alexander died March 21, 1957 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her husband predeceased her. She was survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Carlton Enfield of Balboa Island, California and Mrs. Stuart F. Bales of Denver, Colorado, and two grandchildren.
This print appears to have been cut out of an organizational roster booklet.
Sources: United Spanish War Veterans and Women's Auxiliary Records, Family Search, Arizona Republic, October 17, 1942 & March 22, 1957.
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