Loratta (Taffy) Alexander
Sunrise: June 24, 1957 - Sunset: July 11, 2020
Loratta Alexander, a kind and caring daughter, sister, aunt, and friend was born on June 24, 1957 in Washington, DC to Ruby C. Alexander and the late William Henry Alexander. She shall be remembered as the little lady with the big smile and even bigger heart.
As families were known to do, Loratta was given the nickname (Taffy) at birth by her aunt Annie Rice. The name stayed with her for the rest of her life.
She attended District of Columbia public schools and completed her high school education at Spingarn Senior High School. Loratta was employed for many years with the General Services Administration.
Loratta loved music and people, particularly her family. She hosted family gatherings with her special fried chicken on the dining table and “oldies but goodies” playing in the background. After watching her family feast on her scrumptious fried chicken, Loratta would turn up the record player volume and convene family dance competitions. She stood by smiling widely as her mother and siblings laughingly competed to become the Alexander Family Soul Train dancer of the day.
She also enjoyed family Christmas celebrations. Although gifts from Loratta may not have been the most expensive or the largest, they were usually the most lovingly selected. We learned that it was the thought not the price that counts.
Loratta’s love for humanity extended far beyond her family. She provided childcare services to young children. She served as caretaker to senior citizens struggling with health challenges. She even invested countless hours teaching herself sign language to permit her to communicate with the hearing impaired.
She had a spiritual and golden heart. Loratta knew the Lord by being humbled. No matter where she landed, she embraced people and extended a helping hand whenever she could to make them feel loved and special.
Loratta’s memory will be cherished and celebrated by her loving mother, Ruby C. Alexander; sisters: LaVerne Alexander, Yvonne Alexander and Zsa Zsa Young; brother: William Alexander; nephews: Gregory Payne, Tyree Alexander and Derrick Robinson; nieces: Ronda Smith, Tijua Robinson and Azia Lloyd; and a host grandnephews and grandnieces; brothers-in-law: Robert Sonny Brown, Monroe Hall and Frank Lloyd; and a host of extended family, friends and caregivers.
Loratta has now reunited in spirit with her late father William Henry Alexander and sister Virginia Hosch.
Public Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m., until time of Private Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Henry S. Washington & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, 4927 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20019. Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
(SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IN EFFECT. MASKS REQUIRED. 10 PEOPLE AT A TIME DURING THE VISITATION )
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