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FRAMINGHAM – Catherine Alexander, aged 78 passed away peacefully at her home after a brief, courageous battle with a rare blood cancer on December 12, 2021 in Framingham, Massachusetts. She was surrounded by her deeply devoted and loving immediate family.

Catherine was born December 14, 1942, in Cypress, Florida to the late Vick and Eliza Brown.

At an early age, she had a divine connection with God regarding her soul’s destination and joined the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Cypress, Florida

After graduating from Jackson County Technical School in Marianna, Florida with honors in 1961, she attended college in Jacksonville, Florida and by 1964 made her way to New York City.

In March 1967 she married Noval Alexander in Queens, New York.

Following a career promotion at Bell & Howell Boston Branch for her husband in the summer of 1969; the couple moved to Framingham, Massachusetts and by October, their only child and son Noval Jr was born.  

In 1975 Catherine and her son Noval relocated to Long Island, New York where she trained to become a Travel Agent. With a budding reputation as a tenacious businesswoman Catherine became simply known to her many friends and acquaintances in New York as “Cathy”.

In 1982, Cathy remarried Framingham Police Officer Daniel (Dan) Giro and relocated back to Massachusetts. In addition, Cathy along with her son continued their life journeys in Christ by becoming members of the Greater Framingham Community Church.

Within a short time and with hard work and many prayers; Cathy boldly ventured out on her own to open her own travel agency aptly named Alexander Tours in Downtown Framingham in 1985.

In a few short years Cathy and her business developed a reputation for being benevolent and compassionate toward people in the community that needed airline tickets on loan for family emergencies.

Following the September 11th attacks the travel industry went into sharp decline and eventually she closed her doors in 2003.  

Cathy quickly adjusted and went into the home helper care industry and worked as a companion for elderly and mobility impaired people in Framingham and surrounding communities. She continued doing what she was superb at doing and that was helping people and bringing joy and happiness to their lives until she became ill in October 2021.  

In addition to her parents Catherine was preceded in death by her sister Lucille Franklin of Graceville, Florida, her former husband Noval A. Alexander-Lindsay of St. Johns’ Antigua, West Indies, her brother George Brown of Cypress, Florida; her former husband Daniel L. Giro of Oriental, NC and her brother Lewis Brown of Los Angeles, California.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories, a devoted son, Noval Alexander of Framingham, Massachusetts; granddaughter, Chelsea Alexander of Brooklyn, New York; grandson Jourden Alexander of Round Rock, Texas; Stepson; Danny Giro of Worcester, Massachusetts; Stepdaughter Michele Giro of Framingham, Massachusetts; Stepson; Paul Giro of Framingham, Massachusetts; Godson; Assad Case of Atlanta, GA; Goddaughter; Ayanna Case of Brooklyn, NY, two brothers and three Sisters-in -law; Henry & wife Juanita Brown of Summerville, South Carolina; Walter Sr & wife Dorothy Brown of Cypress, Florida and Geneva Brown of Cypress, Florida; there are dozens of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews as well as a host of cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.  

Catherine will be interred at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Cypress, Florida on Wednesday December 22, 2021, a Memorial service will held for her many friends and acquaintances at the Greater Framingham Community Church sometime in January 2022.

Interested parties may contact the church after January 2nd 2022 at 508-626-2118 or email for more details

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.