Wilma "Billie" Lee (Luder) McAlexander

Wilma “Billie” Lee (Luder) McAlexander, 93, LaGrange, Ga., formerly of Hutchinson, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in LaGrange.

She was born July 21, 1927, in Waldo to parents Clemmer D. (Knapp) and Jacob “Pop” K. Luder.

She married Harold “Herk” McAlexander on Aug. 18, 1945, and traveled with him to Army posts around the U.S. and in Japan. They moved to Hoisington in early 1950. He preceded her in death in 2006 and she moved to an assisted living in 2013 in LaGrange. For almost 60 years, she was Hoisington’s all-round organist and piano teacher. She played for thousands of services, church weddings, funerals, and high school commencements. She taught hundreds of kids piano, bringing music alive with her upbeat spirit. She taught a young adult Sunday School class called Pairs and Spares.

She enjoyed movies and dogs and was an inveterate walker.

Survivors include two sons, K.C. (Suzanne, Huntingtown, Md., and Dan (Celeste Myall), LaGrange; a sister, Donna Beth Whitman, Paradise,; five grandchildren, Caitrin McAlexander Huntzinger (John), Ashton, Md., Noel Tarlton McAlexander (Stacey) , Austin, Texas, Ian Tarlton McAlexander (Joanna), Elkton, Va., Anne Myall McAlexander (Carson Cerney), Lincoln, Neb., and Alice Myall McAlexander (Warren Flood), Detroit; five great-grandchildren, Cormac Olson McAlexander, John Edward Huntzinger IV, Mary Blythe Huntzinger, Malcolm Lewis McAlexander-Flood, and Lorelei Anne McAlexander-Flood; and many nieces, nephews, and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother ,Noel; and a brother, James Kirk Luder.

Due to the pandemic, a private burial for immediate family will be held in Hoisington Cemetery. A memorial service will be planned at a later date to celebrate her life.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.

Posted online on November 28, 2020