Roxie Alexander Holtsman passed away on December 18, 2021 at Fresno, California at the age of 97. Roxie was born in rural Fowler, CA on September 4, 1924 to Manasseh and Almas Bacon Alexander, the youngest of five siblings. Orphaned at an early age, Roxie and her siblings were taken into the home of their aunt by marriage, Annie Alexander. When her brother Samuel was drafted into the United States Army in 1943, Roxie relocated to Sacramento to work in the Maintenance Division of Sacramento Air Service Command at McClellan Field. The Secretary of the Treasury cited her for excellence in the War Finance Program during the Fifth War Loan Drive of 1944.
She earned her Adult Diploma from Sacramento Senior High School in June, 1945, one month after her marriage to Franklin R. Holtsman. The couple settled in the Country Club Estates subdivision in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento. They built their own home of adobe brick on Edison Avenue just east of Business Highway 80.
An avid gardener and skier, Roxie found her life’s work in traffic management at Crown Zellerbach Corporation and its successor firms, James River Corporation and Mead Corporation. Roxie was a 77-year member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, receiving her 75-year Diamond Jubilee pin from Grand President Karen Fini, a fellow Fresnan, in 2019. Roxie was a member of NDGW La Bandera Parlor No. 110 for almost 40 years and then Califia Parlor No. 22 from the late 1980s to her passing. In 2016, she moved back to Fresno to be closer to her family.
Roxie was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Mae Karagozian, Sophia Toroian, Samuel Alexander, and Avedis Harold Alexander; her nephew, George V. Toroian; and her former husband, Franklin Holtsman.
She is survived by her nieces, Queenie (Karagozian) Emerzian of Fresno, Betty Jean (Karagozian) Smith of Reno, Alma (Toroian) Raymond of Castro Valley, Sandra (Alexander) Papazian and Linda (Alexander) Tavlian of Fresno; ten grandnieces and grandnephews; and 12 great grandnieces and great grandnephews. She is also survived by Holtsman nieces, Sheryl Meadows Paul, Ramona “Mona” Balfour, and Cynthia Soares.
Roxie’s extended family offers heartfelt thanks to Kay Handian and the staff of Caring Homes in Fresno for the loving care they provided over the past five and one-half years.
A graveside service will be held on January 6, 2022 at 10:30 am at Ararat Armenian Cemetery, 1925 West Belmont Avenue, Fresno.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Native Daughters of the Golden West (NDGW), Califia Parlor No. 22, 5913 Mallard Lane, Citrus Heights, CA 95621.