The Rev. Lucy Alexander

4/29/2009

Rev. Lucy Alexander died on April 29, 2009 after a recurrence of breast cancer. Lucy was a vibrant and wonderful person and her death is a hard one to comprehend. We mourn the loss of her vibrant spirit and energetic witness to ministry. She was an Andover Newton graduate, ordained at Hancock Church in Lexington, and was Associate Minister at First ParishCongregational Church in East Derry, NH since 2003. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. at the church in East Derry, NH. An obituary follows.

Lucy Alexander, 55, of Bedford, Massachusetts, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, of complications following a long battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family. Services will be held at First Parish Congregational Church in Derry, New Hampshire, on Sunday, May 24, at 3:00 pm and in Randolph, New Hampshire, in early August.

Educated at Hathaway Brown School, Cleveland, Ohio, and at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, she also held a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University and a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts. After college she taught English as a second language in Rome, Italy and in this country, earned her MBA, became a loan officer at the Bank of Boston, then Manager, Domestic Treasury, Prime Computer, Natick, Massachusetts, and subsequently joined her husband as owner/manager of Osmun Music, Arlington, Massachusetts. Heeding a call to ministry, she attended seminary and completed her degree in 2001; was ordained at Hancock Church, Lexington, Massachusetts, where she was active as a seminarian; and in 2003 was installed as Associate Pastor at First Parish Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Derry, New Hampshire, a position she held until her death.

She lived her life fully and with conviction. Her first commitment was to her family, in which she took great pride. She loved books and learning, and her inquiring mind led her into teaching, then business, and, finally, into ministry. Her ready smile and positive outlook touched the hearts of all who knew her.

She leaves her husband of twenty-four years, Robert Osmun of Bedford; two children, Geoffrey Osmun and Emily Osmun, both of Boston; her parents, Beatrice and Heywood Alexander, of Hanover, New Hampshire; and three siblings, Linda Alexander-Cowdery of Hartford, Connecticut, James Alexander of Shoreview, Minnesota, and Elizabeth Lovelace, of Greenbank, Washington.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Parish Church, Discretionary Fund, 47 East Derry Road, East Derry, New Hampshire 03041, or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, attn: Gift Management Services, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244 or online at www.komen.org.