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Terrie Annette Alexander

October 2, 1962 ~ September 28, 2018 (age 55)
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Terrie Annette Alexander, bought joy to lives of the late Oliver and Hortense (Gaskins) Alexander on October 2, 1962 and transitioned to be with the Lord on September 28, 2018. 

 

Terrie was a force to be reckoned with since she was a young girl. As a child she was inquisitive and had a mind of her own. She was a tom-boy through and through. We still remember her as a teen riding horses down Raynor Avenue all on her own. After receiving her primary education in Baltimore City Schools, she graduated from Howard High School in Columbia, Maryland. She had a wonderful relationship with God and lived her life demonstrating love compassion; and would spread the word of God and His goodness every chance she had. 

Her co-workers often talked about the recovery groups she offered with a focus on spirituality at the Center of Addiction and Pregnancy, even hosting them on her days off.

 

Terrie is was living testimony of triumph over tragedy. As was noted in the Baltimore Times, “There may be other stories likes Terrie’s, but Baltimore leaders and her peers determined that hers should be an inspiration and highlighted during National Recovery Month this September.”

 

After overcoming 17 years of heroin and cocaine abuse, Terrie turned her life around to become a much loved and recognized community leader in the fight against the opioid abuse epidemic. Once her son Brian was born healthy and drug-free in 1996, Terrie was determined to make a significant change in her life. Focused on helping others who were suffering as she had. Her profession became her ministry. Terrie earned degrees in addiction counseling and mental health technology from Baltimore City Community College, completed more than 400 hours of internships at Center of Addiction AP, and subsequently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Coppin State University and went on the Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She achieved amazing feats everywhere she went including being inducted into Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Workers (Theta Rho  Chapter) in 2012.

 

Terrie Alexander, was the founding manager of IBR and REACH Health Services Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). On September 10, 2018, Terrie’s legacy and life was honored. The IOP programed was renamed the Terrie Alexander Intensive Outpatient Program, to honor her hard work and dedication that has made a difference in so many people’s lives. It was noted during the ceremony, they could not think of anyone who more embodies the spirit and goals of their program than Terrie. It was said that, “Terrie’s incredible life would inspired future generations of ‘changemakers’ to step up in our communities and make a real difference in helping combat the crisis of addiction in Baltimore and around the country. Terrie was just that a change maker in her community, state-wide, at work and within her family.

 

Since her diagnosis, Terrie was determined to live life on her own terms. She made sure to travel with her friends and her son Brian, creating lasting memories. She attended Ravens games, hosted a few game dinners, routing for him team more than ever. She celebrated everyone’s birthday and insisted on holiday gatherings. She spent special times with her great-nieces Maya and Ariah.  As only Terrie could she modeled what she wanted to continue to beyond her days.

 

Preceding her in death were: her parents, Oliver and Hortense Alexander, her sisters Paula L. Gordon and Jocelyn Alexander-Way.

 

She is survived by and leaves to mourn her son, Brian Amani Dickerson,  one sister, Yvonne, two brothers Amani and Brian, four children in love, Adasha, Ashley, Vernon, and Dashawn, nieces Virna (Melvin), Lori (Herbert), Nicole A. and Shada’, nephews Duane, Tony, Cory and Damond, twelve great nieces and four great nephews and host of cousins and devoted friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 4th, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the locally-owned Loudon Park Funeral Home, Inc. 3620 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229. A funeral service will be held the following day, October 5th, at the funeral home at 11am. Interment Loudon Park Cemetery.

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