Longtime Alaskan Doris Brow died Saturday, July 23, 2005, while a resident at the Anchorage Pioneers Home. She was 92.
A small family memorial service was held a week later, near her favorite fishing hole on the Kenai River.
Mrs. Brow was born on May 5, 1913, in Cedar Bluffs, Kan. After nearly 40 years in Kansas and Wyoming, she drove the Alaska Highway to Anchorage with her family in 1952 and settled in south Anchorage, embracing the territorial Alaska lifestyle of hunting, fishing, gardening and exploring.
After retiring from the Anchorage School District, she continued to work at Denali Elementary School via the Foster Grandparent Program. She owned a cabin in Sterling for 50 years, where she had planned to live in retirement, but her Alzheimer's prevented that.
"Doris will be remembered for her unflagging devotion to her family, church and many worthy charitable causes, most notably those benefiting disadvantaged children. She was a woman of tremendous energy, faith, generosity and determined optimism a de facto 'mom' to dozens, if not hundreds," her family said.
Mrs. Brow was preceded in death by her daughter, Kay Carson; son, Jack Brow; grandchildren, Daniel Audette and Marjorie Waldo; and siblings, Ben McCartney, Gladys Richardson and Francis Bruegman.
She is survived by siblings, Byron and James McCartney and Relma Kirschke; children, Ben Waldo, Willard (Bill) Waldo, Cecelia Green, Sam Brow and Karla Gillespie; grandchildren, Lana Brow Anderson, Benjiman Waldo, Kenny Waldo, Brad DeBellis, Judie DeBellis Crawford, Charity Green-Burril, Brook Green, Joshua Brow, Eva Brow, Samantha Brow, Joseph Becher, William Gillespie and Colin Gillespie; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren and friends.
Arrangements were made by Cook Inlet Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
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