Amelia "Molly" Alexander, for years the proprietress of the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, was until a few years ago a familiar face to regular customers as they placed orders for burgers, fries and other gastronomic gratifications common to popular roadhouses.
Ms. Alexander died of heart failure on June 20 in a nursing home, her daughter Geri Alexander said. She was 93.
A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Saint William Catholic Church in Los Altos at 611 El Monte Ave., with a reception to follow, relatives said.
Ms. Alexander was a native of Phoenix. She married John Alexander in 1951 and the couple raised five children.
In a partnership with Don Horther, Mr. Alexander bought what was then called Rossotti's in 1956 at 3915 Alpine Road and renamed it the "Alpine Inn Beer Garden," according to Palo Alto historian Steve Staiger.
After Mr. Alexander died in 1994, Ms. Alexander assumed control of the inn in her husband's honor, Vicki Alexander said. "Both she and John were well known and loved by many customers," Vicki said. "Her spunky spirit and smile will be missed by family and friends."
Ms. Alexander had her own career that included work at MEC and Sylvania, Vicki said.
Ms. Alexander is survived by daughters Maxine, Geri and Leslie; son Norman; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.