Edith Linnea Colley, 87, died peacefully in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 24, 2016. Edith was born in Anchorage, Alaska, on Nov. 21, 1928, to John Hugo and lngeborg Erickson. A 1946 graduate of Anchorage High School, she was a loving mother to her children, Sheila Stewart and Randy Stewart. Edith worked and modeled clothing for Mode O'Day, a chain of franchised dress shops born out of the depression. She also modeled for Anchorage boutique The Hat Shop. She was a true lady and a beauty. After her first husband's death, she worked at Van Dusen Aircraft, before working as a merchant representative for the Mastercard division of First National Bank of Anchorage. It was on a sales trip to Ketchikan, Alaska, for the bank that she met her second husband, Lt. Col. Calvin "Jack" Colley. Across a dining room she caught Jack's eye, and it was love at first sight. Jack was the love of her life; they married in Anchorage in 1974. A very adventurous couple, they traveled the world together, settling in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica near Arenal Volcano from 1975 to 1979. When they left Costa Rica, they settled in Port Townsend, Wash., where they bought a fishing boat they named "Sweet Genevieve," or "Sweet G." They fished for salmon, scooped for scallops and grew old together. Edith was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo number four. She was also active with the American Cancer Society and her children's PTA. Edith acted with the Anchorage Little Theatre Group. She enjoyed gardening and was a wonderful cook. Edith is preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Stewart; son, Randy Stewart, who died in 1998; her two older sisters; and one brother; in addition to her beloved Jack. After Jack died in 2000, Edith remained in western Washington until 2010. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Stewart of Roseville, Minn.; seven nieces; and many friends who will remember her fondly as someone you could talk to and who always listened. A private memorial will be held on Jan. 18, 2017, where Edith will be buried with Jack on what would have been their 43rd Anniversary at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9, 2016