Suzanne Weller

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2000

Suzanne Weller died peacefully at home March 12, 2000, surrounded by her family. She was 47.

Her life was celebrated Saturday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Discovery Theater Lobby. Her ashes will be scattered from a ridge line in the Chugach Mountains.

Weller was born June 24, 1952, in New London, Conn. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1978, she moved to Alaska, serving as a VISTA volunteer for Trustees for Alaska and Alaska Legal Services Corp.

Her family wrote, "Suzanne met Kevin McCoy in Anchorage and they married in 1980. When daughter Emily was born in 1982, Suzanne left the active practice of law. Son Connor was born in 1985 while the family lived in Kenai. Suzanne's love for Kevin and her children was boundless.

"Suzanne returned to law in 1989, serving as an appellate defender of the Alaska Public Defender Agency. She was an active runner, a writer and poet, and a community volunteer dedicated to children. She loved hiking, camping and was an enthusiastic cook. She pursued her commitments and joys with quiet grace and enormous courage. She was deeply loved."

Weller is survived by her husband, Kevin F. McCoy; daughter, Emily; son, Connor, all of Anchorage; parents Capt. George H. Weller, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) and Alice Carey Weller of East Lansing, Mich.; brother Stephen of New York City; and sisters Karen of Freeport, Ill., and Valerie of Oakland, Calif.

An endowment will be established in her name to support causes of deep importance to her, including underprivileged children, Alaska wilderness, and Hospice of Anchorage.

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