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Saphrona Alexander

March 01, 1938 - July 22, 2018

Saphrona Williams Alexander was born on March 1, 1938 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Floyd Williams and Bertha Woodruff. She was the 7th of 11 children.

In 1958, Saphrona met the Love of her Life, Charles “Chuck” Alexander. They were married on November 12, 1959. They made their home in San Jose. They are the parents of two children, Tony and Sharon Alexander. Saphrona attended San Jose State University and continued her College education over the years and received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts.

Saphrona started her working career at PAC Bell in Palo Alto, CA where she was the first Black Operator. She was recognized in the Palo Alto newspaper as being the first Black Operator. She also worked at San Jose State University but returned to work at PAC Bell. Saphrona worked in several offices and retired from PAC Bell in the Engineering Department after 30 years. After retirement, Saphrona worked for PG& E in the Customer Service Department and retired after 5 years of service.

Saphrona joined Antioch Baptist Church in 1960 where over the years she sang in the choir, held the office of church clerk, and was a member of the Inez C. Jackson Circle and the MLK–CW Washington scholarship committee. Saphrona was a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. and the San Jose NAACP.

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