Longtime Kenai resident Alice Rubena "Beanie" McGrady died Sunday, May 1, 2005, from lymphatic leukemia and cancer at her home with her family by her side. She was 77.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 6, at First Baptist Church,12815 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Pastor Dean Nichols and Dr. Christopher Carter will officiate. Her ashes will be buried in the Kenai City Cemetery following the services. A gathering will follow the graveside services at the church.
Mrs. McGrady was born Feb. 18, 1928, to Billie and Alice Imboden in Mountainair, N.M. She moved to Anchorage in 1951 and homesteaded in Kenai in 1952. She helped build a cabin, improve the homestead and raise the family.
Mrs. McGrady worked as a clerk for the Kenai Post Office for several years and at Peninsula Builders. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kenai and taught Sunday school for many years. Mrs. McGrady received many ribbons from entries in the Alaska State Fair for her vegetables and canning. She enjoyed gardening, bowling and line dancing with the Golden Girls.
"Beanie was the most gentle, loving person with a winning smile and bubbly personality. She had a great zest for life and was always willing to help anyone in need. Beanie was a great listener and confidant and could bring a smile to anyone's face. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, family and friends," her family said.
Mrs. McGrady was preceded in death by her parents, Billie and Allie (Gentry) Imboden; and brother, Gene Imboden.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harold J. McGrady of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Jennifer McGrady of Kenai and Bruce and Kathleen McGrady of Kenai; daughter and son-in-law, Regina and Keith Carter of Kenai; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Justin and Nigel McGrady of Missouri, and Christopher and Lindsey Carter of Kenai; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Charolotte and Glenn Yamada of Kenai, Felicia and Richard Davisson of Kenai, Dionne and P.J. Selanoff of Kenai and Destinea and David Sonesson of Sweden; six great-grandsons and seven great-granddaughters; brothers, Billie and John Imboden, both of New Mexico; sister, Frances Hiatt of New Mexico; and sister and brother-in-law, May and Harvey Stephens of Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669, or to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, 361 Senior Court, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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