Obituary of Denalda Lynette Alexandre
Denalda Lynette Alexandre was born on July 1, 1969 in Nassau, Bahamas to the parentage of Lealand and Emerald Lightbourn. She was the fifth of seven children born to that union. In those days, relatives and friends would visit homes to "see" the baby. Whoever came to welcome the newest addition to the family would ask for the baby’s name. As it pertained to Denalda, each guest would receive the same response from her two-year-old sister, Melanie; "We az call her, Dede." And so, for all of her almost 54 years, we az call her Dede. Dede attended Kingsway Academy in Nassau from kindergarten to high school. Upon graduating, she studied at the College of the Bahamas for two years and then transferred to The Master’s College (now The Master’s University) in Newhall California, graduating on Mother's Day, May 8, 1993. The very next day, Dede married the love of her life, a fellow alumnus, Timothy Alexandre, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Dede loved deeply and laughed often. Her giggle was absolutely contagious, as hers came from deep within her belly. Her friends in the Bahamas recall her quick wit and snappy comebacks. In life, however, we all face our share of challenges, and Dede was not exempt. Through her laughter, she also experienced pain. Her friends and family members loved her through every mountaintop experience and every valley. Through it all, she knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God was the Lifter of her head. We remember our Dede, our beautiful gift inside and out, as the one whom we loved unconditionally.
And until then, our hearts will go on singing
Until then with joy we'll carry on
Until the day our eyes behold the city
Until the day God calls us home.
Dede was preceded in death by her father, Lealand, and brothers Gordon and Marvin. Cherished and loving memories remain with her husband, Timothy, children Raelynn and Christopher, brother in law and sister in law Kevin and Sonie Alexandre, nephews Nick and Jake Alexandre, mother Emerald, sisters, Melanie Lightbourn-Rowe of Los Angeles, California, Erica Lightbourn Symonette of Nassau and her brother, Jason of Nassau. Aunts: Abigail Bethel and family, lsula Hamilton & family, Sharon Johnson & family, Miriam Gertrude Miller & family, Ellen Romer & family, Pertrina McPhee and Angela Lightbourn & family. Uncles and their spouses: Darville ‘Sonny' & Sambriana Walkine & family, Fr. Crosley & Janet Walkine & family and Llewellyn & Leila Lightbourn. Nieces and nephews: Savannah and Makaih Symonette and Penelope Lightbourn, Sean and Corey Rowe, Cassandra Gardiner (widow of the late Stanley Gardiner) and family, Dorothy Walkin (widow of the late Martin Walkin) and family, families of the late Thomas Murphy, Cida Smith, Irene Bowleg, Alvin Lightbourn and Williace Lightbourn.