Inez Ethel “Cowell-Brown” Alexander
October 8, 1922
April 5, 2016
Inez was born on October 8, 1922 in Caldwell, Kansas to William & Iva (Davis) Cowell. She was the fifth of eight children and the first family member to graduate high school, at Caldwell High School in 1941. After high school she moved to San Diego, CA and worked for Consolidated Aircraft (now General Dynamics) supporting the War effort.
She returned to Kansas and worked for Boeing Aircraft, commuting by bus daily, 60 miles each way, from Caldwell to Wichita. The bus driver (Hollis Edward Brown) became her beloved husband and they had three children, Patsy Jo Slovikoski (Ronald), Rita Faye Brawner (James) and Duane Hollis Brown (Sallie). The family lived in Kansas until 1963 when Hollis took a job with Navajo Freight Lines in Denver, CO. Hollis was tragically killed in a truck accident in 1967. Inez remarried Elmer Lee Alexander in 1969 and became the beloved step-mom to Leona, Mike and Chuck. Inez and Lee remained together until his death in 1993.
Inez’ great love of family was always her top priority. She spoiled her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren every chance she got. She is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also greatly loved and will be deeply missed by many nieces, nephews, her stepchildren and their families.
Inez loved pretty clothes, pretty nails and having her hair done. The story goes that as a school girl even with modest means, she would go home at lunch and change into a new outfit. She bought her first pair of “heels” before she was 12 and had to work to earn the money for them. As a teenager she was quite the roller-skater and her siblings have many stories to tell. She was also known for her amazing dance ability.
Inez loved to sew for her daughters and granddaughters. She sewed adorable doll clothes, especially “Barbie Doll” clothes. She liked playing games and always loved “Word Search” books.
Inez is survived by three sisters, Dorothy Seward of Tucson, AZ, Darlene Huffman of Wichita, KS & Lenora Fike of Fort Worth, TX. They refer to themselves as the “Cowell-Girls” from Caldwell.