Soldotna resident Catherine "Kit" Chambers MacInnes died of natural causes Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 83.
At her request, no service will be held.
Mrs. MacInnes was born Dec. 6, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pa. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1943 with degrees in physical education and physical therapy. She married Charles E. MacInnes in Philadelphia on Aug. 10, 1946, and they traveled to Anchorage on their honeymoon, starting an Alaska residence that would last for nearly 57 years. In 1951, they built their first home off Lake Otis Road near what is now MacInnes Road in Anchorage.
She worked as a physical therapist at Alaska Native Hospital in the late 1950s and at Providence Hospital through the '60s, retiring in 1970. After Charles retired in 1975, the couple moved to Soldotna and established a home off Denise Lake Drive.
The MacInneses got involved in sled dog racing in the early '50s. Mrs. MacInnes went on to win three North American Women's Championships in 1955, '56 and '61. She also won seven All Alaska Women's Championships. In 1955, she placed second in the All Alaska Championship, racing against the men. She also was a successful competitor in both alpine and cross country skiing. She enjoyed horseback riding, dog obedience, cycling, hiking, gardening and other outdoor activities. She was a member of the Alaska Sled Dog Racing Association, Anchorage Dog Obedience Club, Chugach Range Riders, Anchorage Ski Club and the Anchorage Nordic Skiing Association.
"Kit led a long and full life. She had many interests and stayed active in her pursuit of them. She was independent, energetic and of strong spirit, but always ready to help others. She was lively and cheerful with a merry laugh. Kit will be in our hearts forever," her family said.
Mrs. MacInnes was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents, Paul and Abby Chambers; and sister, Eleanor Chambers.
She is survived by her brother, Paul Chambers Jr. of New Jersey; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Dick Mize of Anchorage; and son, Scott MacInnes of Soldotna.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Kit MacInnes to the United Way, 508 S. Willow St., Suite D, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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