KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — Melissa Alexander, former editor ofWorld Grain, died on June 21 after a long battle with cancer. She was 61.

Alexander began her career with Sosland Publishing Company in 1993 when she was named associate editor ofMilling & Baking News. Later that year she was named editor ofWorld Grainbut also continued in her role withMilling & Baking Newsuntil she left the company in 1998. She also was editor of Sosland Publishing’sGrain and Milling Annual during that time.

Even after she left Sosland in 1998, she continued to make important contributions to several of the company’s publications as a correspondent, writing the monthly Grain Market Review forWorld Grainand continuing to serve as editor of theGrain and Milling Annualuntil the onset of her illness in December 2009.

Charlie Sosland, chairman of Sosland Publishing, said Alexander’s contribution as markets writer forMilling & Baking Newsand her work asWorld Grain’s editor were very important to the company.

“Her understanding of the markets and her ability to write about them was excellent,” Charlie Sosland said. “AsWorld Graineditor, she opened a window on the worldwide grain industry and developed lasting relationships with readers and advertisers alike.”

Before joining Sosland Publishing, Alexander worked at the Kansas City Board of Trade from 1984 to 1990 as vice-president of public affairs.

She is survived by her husband, Jim, her mother, sister and two step-daughters.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, U.S.