Stella Teresa Alexander, aka the “Pholourie/Roti Lady,” a long-time resident of Baytown and a pillar of the Caribbean community, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the age of 90. She was surrounded by her loved ones who will strive to continue her legacy of living the principles of stewardship - Hospitality, Prayer, Formation, and Service.
Stella was born July 14, 1932 in Charlie Village (Chaguanas), Trinidad and Tobago, to parents: George and Josephine Lillian Alexander. From 1949 - 1952, Stella attended Secretarial Training School, where she completed Certificates in Office Administration and went to work for The Woodford Lodge (Sugar) Estates (Chaguanas) in the Payroll-Accounting department. Stella then migrated to the United States in 1973. She worked as a Nanny, a Certified Nursing Assistant, and an Administrative Office Assistant for a large manufacturing company in Manhattan. After seven years in New York, the family moved to Baytown, Texas. Stella immediately found employment with a small accounting firm in Houston in their payroll department. When the company relocated to California, Stella returned to school, where she acquired a Certificate in Nurse Aide and went to work for St. James House (Baytown) where she retired.
Ms. Alexander was a strong woman of faith who loved her Lord, spending time with her family, and serving her community. In her spare time, Stella enjoyed reading her Bible and other books, crossword puzzles, listening to all genres of music, entertaining, ballroom dancing, and traveling. Her true passion was spending time in the kitchen baking and cooking delicious meals for her family and friends. People who tasted her cooking often said, “You can taste the love in her food.”
Ms. Alexander was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Eugene, Naomi, Sylvanie Tommy, Innis, and Eddin Alexander.
Stella leaves behind to cherish her memories children: Gerard and Sharon (Dave Shipley), grandchildren: Khristian “Alonzo” and Kendell “Alani,” ;her last surviving sibling, Albert, and her adopted daughters, Swinitha (Terrance), Lorraine, and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family is forever grateful to the following families for their invaluable support and surrounding our beloved “Gramara” during her last months: The Banda, Gilbert, Henry, Malco, Lucatero, Thomas, Vialva, and Williams.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, November 25, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel. Rosary services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 26, at the Holy Family Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Holy Family Catholic Church; interment following at Sterling White Cemetery in Highlands.