Jamesina Reekie

Obituary
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In memory of...Jamesina "Ina" Ritchie Reekie

Longtime Anchorage resident, Ina Reekie, 92, died November 10, 2012 at Anchorage Pioneer Home.

A service of remembrance will be held Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage, 616 West 10th Avenue at 2:00 p.m. There will be a celebration of life for family and friends at the church following the service.

Ina was born May 7, 1920 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland to Andrew and Margaret Black. She married John Finlay on May 28, 1940 and had three children. Margaret (Margo) and Iain who were born in Scotland and Drew who was born in Anchorage.

After the war was over, John came to Anchorage to find work and Ina followed six months later. She traveled from Scotland to New York's Ellis Island on board the ship Queen Elizabeth and then by train to Seattle where she had to remain for a week before traveling to Seward by ship and then by train to Anchorage arriving in April 1948. She was accompanied by her 6 year old daughter Margo and 1 year old son Iain. Drew was born 2 years later.

John Finlay passed away five years later after arriving in Anchorage and Ina insisted on remaining in the United States. She went to work for Larry Carr at Carrs Grocery in the meat department.

She met Bill Reekie and they were married on November 6, 1953. They had one daughter, Elizabeth.

She also worked at West High School in the cafeteria from 1965 to 1976, where she was greeted at lunch by many students with a "Hi Mrs. Reekie". After retiring she traveled extensively but her favorite place to spend time was the family cabin at Willow.

Ina was a talented dancer. She learned to highland dance when she was 5 years old. She loved to dance and also learned how to ballroom dance, square dance and polka. She also loved all types of music. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and loved singing to The Lord; although whistling was her special gift.

In 1954 she became an American Citizen. She was proud of this and one of her favorite songs was God Bless America.

She was a member of the Alaska Scottish Club, Eastern Star and Pioneers of Alaska.

Ina is preceded in death by her husbands, John Finlay and Bill Reekie; her mother and father, Andrew and Margaret Black, and her 7 brothers and sisters.

Ina is survived by her children, daughter and son-in-law Margo and Richard Holland of Wasilla; son and daughter-in-law Iain and Marsha Reekie of Keller, Texas; son and daughter-in-law Drew and Mary Reekie of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Pat Neakok of Wasilla; 12 grandchildren Debra and Billy Smith, Tami DeWitt, Kaetlin Gardner, Colin, Kendal, Claire and Calle Reekie, Kegan Black Reekie and Finlay Holland Reekie, Aku Williams and Aqamak Okpik; 9 great-grandchildren Nicole Smith, Timothy and Danielle Smith, Ansley and Ryan Dewitt, Eejay, Trishelle and Travis Okpik, Alektra Williams and one on the way; nephews Robert, Raymond, and Bruce Reekie; nieces Linda Woods, Kathy Morino, Patty Stedman, and Becky Morino.

Honorary pallbearers are Weaver Franklin, Felix Maguire, Art Reekie and Ray Lee.

Burial will be in July 2013.

In lieu of flowers, Ina requested a donation to Hospice. Providence Hospice; 3435 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99507.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel; www.janssenfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2012