In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Cecile Price Alexander, 93

Cecile Price Alexander, 1927-2021

Cecile Price Alexander, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel among American Affinity Peoples in Argentina and Costa Rica, died Jan. 9, 2021. She was 93.

Cecile was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Corinth, Mississippi. She attended Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women), Columbus, and received the Bachelor of Arts from Mississippi College, Clinton, and the Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Alexander wrote when seeking missionary appointment that she was unusually moved by a chapel speaker while she was in seminary: “The gist of his message was that we do not bargain with God: we are either entirely committed to Him or not at all.” She said that in the back of her mind, she had been telling God she could go to the mission field if he would let her get married first. That night she dropped that condition.

The day she told a Foreign Mission Board representative about her decision to explore missions, she met fellow student, Mark Alexander, who was also a mission volunteer.

They were married in 1952, finished seminary and served in a church in South Norfolk, Va., and in a field of rural churches in Coinjock, North Carolina.

The Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed them in 1956 as missionaries to Argentina.

She served, alongside her husband, as a missionary with the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1956 to 1991 in Costa Rica and Argentina.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Mark; her son, Mark Steven (Karen); three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held Jan. 15, 2021, at Little Bethel Memorial Park in Duncanville, Ala.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Offering, IMB, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at

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