Josephine Mae (Alexander) Hernandez

Born: Fri., Nov. 21, 1952
Died: Sun., Sep. 11, 2011


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 12, 2011
Location: Longhouse- Wake Until Service

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Sep. 14, 2011
Location: St. Ignatius Catholic Mission

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St. Ignatius – Josephine “Josie” Mae Hernandez, 59, passed away Sept. 11th at St. Patrick’s Hospital.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, she was born in St. Ignatius to Eli and Agnes (Hewankorn) Alexander on Nov. 21, 1952. Raised in St. Ignatius, she went to Great Falls to become a dental hygienist and later returned to work for Tribal Health Dental in St. Ignatius. Josie also worked as a teacher for Headstart and was currently employed at Two Eagle River School as a cook for the past few years.
Josie enjoyed picking huckleberries and mushrooms, being with her grandkids; cleaning, visiting and hanging with her girls (Amber, Gabe and Misty) and chasing all the kids out of her house.
She was preceded in death by both parents; Brothers Isaac, Levi, “Porky” William and Francis Alexander; sisters Rose Morigeau, Cecilia Alexander and Christine Gates; her nephew Elijah Alexander and a daughter Jolene Plouffe.
Survivors include her daughter Amber (Ray) Galarneau; sons Levi Alexander and Thomas Gates; brothers Louie Alexander and Richard (Bernie) Alexander & “the boys”  and Andy (Florence) Alexander; sister “Lulu” Alexander; her nieces Gabrielle (Charles) Alexander, Jessica Morigeau, Tina Morigeau, Monique (Adrian) AfterBuffalo, Jennifer (McLuvin) Amaya and Wilhelmina Adams; her nephews Richard Morigeau, Jarvis Ashley, Isaiah Ashley, Anthony & Eli Alexander; her four spoiled brats Katrina Stevens, Misty Rain, Isaac and Levi, 30 grandchildren, as well as numerous aunts uncles and cousins.
A special thanks to her aunties Helen, Millie & Kathy and cousin Dorothy for all their help.
A traditional wake is being held in the Longhouse where the Rosary will be recited on Tuesday evening at 8 pm. Wake closing will be Wednesday at 10 am in the Longhouse with Mass being celebrated at 11 am in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment will follow in Snyelmn Sntmtmne

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Irene Lake
   Posted Tue September 13, 2011
Josie was a wonderful, one of a kind woman. She was always loving and caring and I will miss her with all my heart. May you remember that she is in a good place and that the grieve for her loss is all with us on this side.

Sharon Haynes
   Posted Tue September 13, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the family~I was very sad to hear about "Josie", she was such a wonderful friend.She will be greatly missed...

Amanda Bourdon
   Posted Tue September 13, 2011
I will miss your always smiling face, you were always dear to my heart, and I will truly miss you. I'll love you always Josie Mae.

Amanda Bourdon
   Posted Tue September 13, 2011
I will miss your always smiling face. You were dear to my heart and I will truly miss you.

Amber Galarneau
   Posted Tue May 29, 2012
Thank you all so very much for you rthoughts and prayers i did not know about this site till today. was nice to read all the kind words.

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