Chelsea - Barbara Louise (Blodgett) Alexander, 78, was surrounded by her family on the evening of March 29, 2011 when she peacefully went to be with her Lord.She was born May 17, 1932 at her family home on the Blodgett Road in Pittston. She was the daughter of H. Ellsworth and Mildred Blodgett. After graduating from Bridge Academy in 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Leonard F. Alexander JR., October 27, 1951. She worked at Gardiner Shoe Factory and the Augusta Mental Health Institute. After raising her family, she returned to work and retired from Maine General Medical Center in 1997.Barb loved spending time with her family. Her favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, antique car meets, and Maple Syrup Sunday. Barb especially got great enjoyment mowing her lawn and tending to her flowers.She was a member of the Chelsea Grange for 50 years. She had completed all degrees of the Grange, including the National Grange. She was also a member of the Pittston Historical Society, Maine Obsolete Automobile League (M.O.A.L.), and St. Matthias' Church in Richmond.Barb was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Doris Alexander, and her brothers, George and Clifton Blodgett.She is survived by her husband of 59 years. Her son, Leonard G. Alexander, of Chelsea, her daughter, Betty L. and husband Daniel Bailey, of Farmingdale, son Edward I. and wife Catherine F. Alexander, of Whitefield, grandson Douglas D. Bailey, of Pittston, granddaughter Dr. Susan L. Bailey, of Pittston, grandson Thomas E. Alexander, of Whitefield, and granddaughter Lauren E. Alexander, of Whitefield. Her sister Marie Bronn, of Chelsea, half brother Herbert E. and wife Maureen Blodgett, of Randolph, half sister Debbie Blodgett, of Connecticut, brother-in-law Phillip L. Alexander Sr., of Chelsea, brother-in-law Alan and wife Edith Alexander, of Monmouth, brother in law Rev. Bruce,Sr., and his wife Marjorie Alexander of Dresden, sister-in-law Deidre Blodgett, of Dresden, sister-in-law Norma 'Tootie' Blodgett, of Pittston, several nieces, nephews, and friends.A loving thank you to niece Marion M. Alexander, niece Nettie-Mae Alexander, and nephew Phillip L. Alexander Jr., all of Chelsea.Visiting hours will be 6-8 PM Thursday March 31, 2011 at Staples Funeral Home, Gardiner, Maine. Funeral service will be 2 PM Friday April 1, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 47 Church Street, Gardiner, Maine. Spring burial will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery.Barb's courageous battle with cancer has been an example for all of us. In lieu flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made in Barbara's memory to the Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Office of Philanthropy 361 Old Belgrade Road, Augusta, Maine 04330.