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Roberts, Christina L.*  
Life long Alaska resident Christina Louise Roberts, 56, passed away on June 22, 2016, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, with her family at her side. Christina was born on Nov. 6, 1959, in Anchorage, to Harold F. Roberts and Anna B. Philo. A celebration of life will be held at the Bay Shore Club House on June 30, 2016, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. with potluck reception. Christina graduated West High School class of 1978, attended University of Alaska Anchorage and Matanuska - Susitna College and received an associates degree in accounting, after which she went to work for Municipal Light and Power as a computer specialist. She retired with disability after more than 17 years due to her illness in 2015. Christina's passion for learning and love for books was endless. Christina's hobbies included reading, puzzles and challenging her mind. She was still taking a foreign language class while in the hospital and would do math equations just for fun. Christina was the second of five daughters and had the ability to always be there for each them always. Christina possessed the kindness, gentleness and generosity that was her super power and extraordinary even through her prolonged illness. Our family will be forever changed with the loss of our beloved daughter, sister and friend, Christina! We will forever miss her. Miss Roberts is survived by her mother, Anna B. Philo of Houston, Alaska; and father, Harold F. Roberts of Anchorage; and four sisters, Lorna D. Roberts of Anchorage, Teresa M. Dicus of Anchorage, Julia A. Lee of Wasilla, Alaska, and Sylvia D. Smith of Anchorage; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and countless cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Vernon and Sylvia Ross; Grandma Giese and Grandpa Thomas Roberts Sr.; and nephew, Harley Dicus. Arrangements for cremation by Janssen's Evergreen Memorial, ashes to be scattered at family's native village of Alexander Creek at a later date.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on June 25, 2016
Rogers, Sarah A.*  
Sarah Ann Joyner Rogers, 92, died at her home in Laurel, Md., on June 16, 2016. Sarah was born to Cebren Winfield Joyner and Mildred DeLong Joyner in Westtown Friends School, Chester County, Pa., on July 16, 1923. She graduated from Columbus High School, Columbus, Ind., and from Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., in 1947. She held a masters degree in zoology, with an emphasis in ecology, from the University of Illinois, and a masters degree in library science from the University of Maryland. She married John Patrick Rogers on Dec. 30, 1959, at the Friends Meeting House in Azalia, Ind. After living together in Missouri and Maryland, she and her husband resided in Anchorage, Alaska, for 20 years, from 1984 through 2004. She worked for the Alaska Native Medical Service as a medical librarian. In this job, she had the opportunity to travel to native hospitals in some of the more remote areas of Alaska, providing advice on the maintenance of their medical libraries. She volunteered as a docent at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and in the process learned a great deal about fascinating history and culture of Alaska. She was a member and later served as President of the Wildflower Garden Club in Anchorage. For the last 12 years of her life, she and her husband lived in Laurel, Md. She was a lifelong member of the Society of Friends (Quakers). She loved nature, gardens, art, books, music and genealogy. She had an endless thirst for photographs of her family's activities, and was thrilled to become a grandmother in 2006. She enjoyed frequent visits with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John Patrick Rogers of Laurel, Md.; her two sons, Robert Cebren Rogers and his wife Patricia Louise Rice of Laurel, Md., and Michael John Rogers and his wife Margaret Yao-Mei Peng of Silver Spring, Md.; her brother, James Winfield Joyner and his wife Betty Knight of Richmond, Ind.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Cebren Winfield Joyner; her mother, Mildred DeLong Joyner; her brothers, Orville DeLong Joyner and David William Joyner; and her sister, Esther Lee Joyner Myers. A celebration of Sarah's life will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 1 p.m., at the Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road in Sandy Spring, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the American Friends Service Committee ( www.afsc.org ), AFSC Development, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, 1-888-588-2372; or to Brookside Gardens through the Montgomery Parks Foundation ( www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/donations.shtm ), 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901, 301-495-2490.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on June 25, 2016

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Richardson, James H.*  
James Hollins "Jim" Richardson, long time Alaska resident, died on Jan. 3, 2016, in Coupeville, Wash., three weeks after moving to Washington from Alaska. He was born in Alton, Ill., on Aug. 16, 1928. Raised in Texas, Jim attended Oregon State College where he graduated with a degree in Forest Management. It was there he met his wife-to-be, Muriel, generally known as "Pinkie." The two were married in 1950, and the couple celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2015. Shortly after college, Jim was drafted to serve in the Korean War and spent 1952 in Korea in the infantry. Upon returning home, he went to work as a forester for the Bureau of Land Management. His career took him to Salem, Eugene and Roseburg, Ore., then to Anchorage, Alaska. Though he arrived in Alaska in January 1964, his family joined him on March 27 of that year, arriving just two hours before the Good Friday Earthquake. One of the major projects of Jims retirement was his work as chairman of the committee to form the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. From the seed of an idea through nearly a dozen years of research and committee work, as well as a several trips to lobby Congress and the congressional delegation, eventually the KMTA National Heritage Area bill was signed into law in 2009 by President Obama. Only the second such area in the western United States and the first in Alaska, this scenic corridor highlights historic and culturally important transportation routes such as native trails, the original Iditarod trail, the Alaska Railroad and the Seward Highway. Jim was an avid skier, hiker and fisherman. He was a longtime supporter of Camp Fire Alaska, beginning with construction and dock maintenance at Camp K and continuing as a board member and president. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, a fellow of the Society of American Foresters and an active member of the Cooper Landing Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners. He is survived by his wife, Muriel "Pinkie" Richardson; daughters, Katy McKinney and Brit Ritchey; as well as three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his oldest daughter, Suzanne Richardson Curtis. A celebration of Jims life will be held at the First Congregational Church on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in the church hall. Private burial will be in the Cooper Landing Cemetery. Contributions in Jims memory may be made to Camp Fire Alaska at 161 Klevin Street, Anchorage, AK 99508 or online at campfireak.org . Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, Wash. Please visit Jims Book of Memories page online at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and condolences.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on June 24, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Rasher, Paul*  
Paul Rasher, loving father and husband, Coffee Guru, music and movie lover, artist, writer and poet, and real-life Batman "took the last train to Clarksville" on June 17, 2016, at the age of 40. Paul graduated from Dimond High School in 1994, where he found a home with the theater crowd. Having worked at Kaladi Brothers Coffee for many years, Paul was able to translate his love of coffee into an enjoyable career. Charismatic and warm, Paul easily became a longtime favorite of colleagues, customers and anyone lucky enough to have spent time with him. Paul is survived by his son, Jude, the Robin to his Batman, wife Jennifer Ginzinger; parents, Pete and Kathy Rasher; brother, Steven (Elaine); niece, Alyssum; Little Grandma Rasher; Aunt Betty Rasher; longtime friends, Devon Roberts and Joshua Garcia; and faithful Aussie, Loki. Paul's family will receive friends and family at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street in Anchorage, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016. In lieu of flowers, Paul's family asks that you honor Paul by performing a random act of kindness for a soul in need.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on June 23, 2016
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