Barbara "Charity" Lounsbury

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Long time Alaskan, Barbara "Charity" Lounsbury passed away peacefully with family at her side Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Born January 5, 1930 to Wilfred A. and Charity E. (Mitchell) Holliday in Vancouver, B.C. Charity graduated from Kitsilano High School and attended the University of B.C. While in high school she met Dick Lounsbury. They became high school sweethearts and were married in June 1951.

Charity and Dick moved to Alaska in 1952, where she worked for Alaska Airlines as Chief Ticket Agent and then in property management taking care of various properties they owned.

She led an adventurous life with her husband spending Thanksgiving in Port Heiden in 1954 when he was relief station manager and flying all over Alaska in their Aeronca Sedan and bringing two additional aircraft up from the lower 48. In 1959 they built their home on 20th Ave where they still reside. In 1960 they built a cabin on Cow Lake where every summer would be spent with their two sons. Charity taught her boys to appreciate the beauty and wonder of Alaska, a tradition that continues to this day with her grandchildren and great grandchildren at Cow Lake.

For Charity the whole focus in life was her family. She was committed to her boys, Mark and Brett, whether swimming at Spenard Lake in the summer or skating in the winter. She was the designated bus driver for all the boys for the 5am hockey practices. Charity enjoyed hosting family and friends during the holidays and always welcomed unannounced visits and spontaneous outings.

Charity was a people person, striking up conversations with anyone. She loved the Arts, never missing a play at Cyrano's or watching her grandson Anthony perform. Her love of the arts took her around the world - for 12 years Charity traveled with the UAA Theatre Department to many countries including England, France, China and many others.

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Charity is survived and will be sorely missed by Dick, her best friend and husband of 66 years, sons Mark (Stephanie) and Brett, granddaughter, Jennifer (Colin) Thomasson, grandsons Anthony, Max, Alex and great grandchildren Thaddeus, Sawyer and Aster, close family Barrie Cunard, Judy Simon and many friends.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2017