Debby Best


Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2004

Debby Best died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, after a battle with cancer at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She was 68.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 12, in Soldotna.

She was born July 22, 1935, and raised in Cambridge, Mass. She met Sam Best while they attended Colorado College in Colorado, where they later married. In 1958, they moved to Cooper Landing. During their 27 years of marriage, they raised six children.

Mrs. Best completed her degree in elementary education at Alaska Pacific University and received her master's degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Although she enjoyed teaching immensely, her true love was painting. In the months before she died, she received a best of show award for one of her watercolors and was subsequently welcomed into the Anchorage Watercolor Society.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Lynne and Jim Pohlman of Fairbanks, Lisa and Larry Edwards of Anchorage, Max and Connie Best of Soldotna, Laura and John Mahorcich of Soldotna, Diana and Tom Miville of Greenville, Ind., and Luci and Pete Bowman of Santa Fe, N.M.; sisters, Sara Willis of Rhode Island and Becky Johnson of Massachusetts; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Fairbanks Funeral Home and Crematory.

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