Frances Reilly

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Kenai resident Frances Reilly, formerly Mrs. John Brown, died at her son's home in Anchorage Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001. She was 64.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God in Soldotna on the corner of Binkley Street and Redoubt Avenue.

Ms. Reilly was born on Aug. 27, 1937, in Prosser, Wash. She earned a bachelor's degree in education at Seattle University and attended graduate school at several colleges in Alaska and Washington.

Ms. Reilly taught school throughout Alaska and Washington. Most recently, she was the education coordinator at the Wildwood Correctional Facility. She lived and taught school in Anchorage from 1961 to 1964, in Wrangell from 1964 to 1965, in Washington from 1965 to 1972, in Tyonek from 1973 to 1976 and in Kenai since 1976.

Ms. Reilly was baptized in the Catholic faith in Mabton, Wash. She donated annually to a wide variety of charitable groups. She helped start the Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center and eventually became its director. She volunteered her time to help various organizations such as the Kenaitze Indian Tribe as a tutor, the Kenai Spelling Bee and the Cub Scouts.

Her family wrote, "Frances knew she was an Alaskan from the day she stepped off the plane in 1961. She supported her five sons fully in their endeavors and travels across the United States, Europe and the Persian Gulf. She kept in constant touch with all her family and friends through her infamous phone calls day or night. We love and will miss her."

She was preceded in death by her son Sean, and her father, John Reilly.

Ms. Reilly is survived by her sons, Kevin Brown of Anchorage, Edward Brown and his wife Diana in Juneau, Russell Brown of Chugiak and James Brown of Anchorage; her mother, Mabel Reilly of Mabton; her brother, James Reilly and his wife Karen of Pahrump, Nev.; and her granddaughters Kaylee Brown of Anchorage and Jennifer Westrom of Eagle River.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are encouraged to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe Scholarship Fund at 255 N. Ames Road, Kenai, AK 99611.

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