Billie R. (Crome) Scott
Longtime Alaska resident Billie R. (Crome) Scott, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna surrounded by family and friends. She was 79.
Services will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Scott was born May 8, 1927, in Groveton, Texas. Her first stay in Alaska was in a Southeast logging camp in 1948. She moved to Alaska in 1953, with husband George Crome and family. They settled in Ketchikan where she was a supporter of the local Elks Club and assisted with annual fundraisers, as well as, many social activities. She was well known throughout the community for her love of dance and music. She also worked at several local establishments as a cook and bartender. At one point she owned and operated the Sourdough Bar.
In 1965, she headed to Valdez with her family, where she took with her her love of dance, and established the tradition of the Valdez Gold Rush “Can-Can” dancers. She saw a need for youth activities and held and chaperoned weekly teen dances for many years. She helped support Miss Alaska on a local level in Valdez. Mrs. Scott never hesitated to chaperone out-of-town activity trips for the high school while in Valdez. Many students have memories of these trips.
In 1967 she moved to Fairbanks and managed a motel for two years, until moving back to Valdez until 1971. She then lived in Washington and managed a restaurant in downtown Seattle, until eventually making her way to Oregon to retire. She loved working in her yard, sewing and doing needlework that her family was often gifted with. After many summer vacations to Alaska for her adventurous side, she moved to Soldotna in 2000 to be closer to family.
“Her love of life never stopped. She proved this by skydiving at age 65 with her son, and later parasailing with her granddaughter in Mexico. Billie had an extraordinary life filled with numerous battles which never kept her down. She will be missed by all those whom her life touched. She and her homestyle cooking will be missed by us all. ‘I love you Baby!’ ‘I Love You More!’” her family said.
Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by husbands, George A. Crome and Jerry Scott.
She is survived by her children, Sharon Walker of Idaho, Richard Crome Goodreau and his wife, Betty, of Washington, Sondra Burzinski and her husband, Mike, of Soldotna, and George Crome and his wife, Pat Crome of Washington; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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