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Jan Alexander

Jan Alexander was born, Janice Lenora Pippin, to Clarence and Marian Pippin in Saco, Mont., on Oct. 17, 1936. She passed on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, Mont. A luncheon will be held following the memorial service at Valley Community Church, 1004 N. Sewell, Miles City.

Raised in the country with three younger brothers: Howard, Larry, and David, she could hold her own on the ranch and was particularly fond of sheep and HORSES! To this day, the ranch is where she wants to be laid to rest.

She graduated from Saco High School and promptly moved to Glasgow, Mont., where she began her lifelong career as a professional secretary. There she met Ken Alexander, and they were soon married in the summer of '56. Their love of horses and each other kept them together for 46 years.

Ken's profession led them to Lewistown, Mont., where Ken ran the Daily News Argus and Jan settled in as secretary for the SCS office. Between all their friendships and weekend horse events they thought their lives were full, but not yet. In the fall of '68, a son, PK, was welcomed into the fold.

In 1978, Ken and Jan purchased a small newspaper publishing company located in Miles City that they renamed Sagebrush Publications. Except for a two-year stint in Powell, Wyo., Miles City remained Jan's home to the end. She always said while in Wyoming that she missed too many of her friends she had back in Miles City.

Eventually the business was sold, and a new adventure was born. Jan became a real estate agent and was very proud of that endeavor. She thought owning a house was important and she liked helping first time buyers make that special purchase. This also kept her abreast of the community and enabled her to hold several public seats. She retired from Security Abstract and Title, only to get busy living, laughing, and loving.

Jan was active in several clubs from Jaycees to Soroptimist to Sage Riders. She started several horse clubs, formed a few book clubs, and belonged to every bridge group that would have her.

Jan loved to sew and would make her own clothes. She even won the Make-It-With-Wool contest one year.

In 2008, Jan and Wayne Morford began socializing and formed a bond that never wavered. They loved to travel and attend grandkid ballgames. All in all, one was rarely seen without the other.

Jan was preceded in death by her husband Ken Alexander; parents Clarence and Marian Pippin; brother Larry Pippin; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins that saddened her heart.

Jan is survived by her only son Paul "PK" Alexander; granddaughter Jaide Alexander; brother Howard (Carol) Pippin, Dave (Marie) Pippin, Bev Pippin; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jan's name to the Sage Riders, 42 Waterplant Rd., Miles City, MT 59301.

 

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