Georgia Wiseman


Georgia Wiseman (nee Alexander) lost her battle against the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease on December 20, 2017 at Silverado, Costa Mesa, California. The eldest of three children, she was born in 1933 in Saguache, Colorado to Roy and Jesilee (Sims) Alexander. 

Her lifetime of work began with shouldering her share of work on the family ranch which included driving a buck rake, cooking for the crew and herding cattle. She was her high school valedictorian and had plans to become a radiation technician. Those plans changed when, while working at the Saguache Hotel diner, she waited on a handsome young lineman working for Mountain Bell named Howard Wiseman. They eventually eloped to Taos, New Mexico in 1951 and the following year began their family with the first of three children, Beverly, followed by Stephen, then Cindy. With the promise of a good job with Pacific Telephone Co. in southern California for Howard, they packed up the kids and headed west.

They settled in Covina where Georgia found a career in food management with the local K-12 school district where she took great pride in improving menu options and food distribution for all students. Later she also worked in customer service with Pacific Telephone Co., from which she and Howard both retired.

Work was a necessity but her joy was derived from her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was able to visit her first great grandchild in Missouri in 2006 and held her second in 2016 for four-generation pictures with smiles all around with both.

Round dancing became a major part of her social life with Howard as they taught countless dancers on the west coast and as featured instructors on trips to China and thru the Panama Canal.

Georgia and Howard preferred RV travel across the country so they could take their time and stop and visit with family and friends in Missouri, Michigan, Tennessee, and Colorado. They especially enjoyed cruises and trips with her retired parents into Canada and across the Northwest.

She loved to tap into her creative streak with baking, embroidery, doll making, sewing (she made all the costumes for the dolls and round dancing), playing piano and gardening giving special attention to her roses and Cymbidium orchids.

Together, Georgia and Howard collected numerous clocks just because and a variety of owl collectibles given to them by friends and fellow dancers.

Georgia is survived by her 3 children; Beverly in California, Stephen (Pamela) in Michigan, Cindy in Missouri, 4 grandchildren; Kris (Leila), Heather (Matt), Amy (Will), and Megan, 2 great grandchildren Summer (daughter of Sheena) and Royce (son of Heather and Matt) as well as many nieces and nephews who remember her fondly. Her last remaining sister-in-law, Judy (Gary) Dix of Alamosa also survives.

She was preceded in death by Howard, her parents, both siblings (Billie Ward and Joseph Alexander), and one grandchild (Sheena). Cremation has taken place. There are plans for a family memorial sometime in the Spring in Colorado as her ashes are brought home to The Valley.

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