Lovetta LeDoux

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Longtime Alaskan Lovetta Darlene LeDoux, 78, died May 4 peacefully at her Anchorage home in her bed from a stroke she suffered while at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

A visitation will be at noon Saturday at St. Andrew's Church, 16300 Domain Lane, in Eagle River, followed by a service at 1 p.m.

Darlene was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to Lewis and Blanche Barnhart. She attended music school in Cincinnati, training to be a concert pianist, while working at the Dan Cohen Shoe Co. She worked for the Chillicothe Telephone Co. as a long-distance operator.

She met Fred Hahn, moved to Alaska in 1951, married and had two children. She homesteaded in Eagle River; her two-room cabin was the last one up the valley for many years. Her first job in Alaska was with the Civil Service, Civil Aeronautics Administration at Merrill field during the heyday of the bush pilots. She later worked for the Department of the Army Communications and Alaska Communications System, which became Air Force, RCA Alaska Communications and then Alascom. She was a supervisor at Alascom and retired in 1987.

Darlene loved birds and named the streets in her subdivision after them. She donated part of her homestead to build Ravenwood Elementary School, and her "yellow rock" is a well-known landmark.

She later married Clarence "Chick" LeDoux, another pioneer homesteader, and had two children. Together they helped build Eagle River into a thriving community. She was a secretary for the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department, Brownie and Girl Scouts troop leader, member of Eagle River Elks (where she played Mrs. Santa at Christmas), Boy Scouts awards chairman, and she supported many other organizations.

Her family wrote: "Her grandchildren were the light of her life. They shared many special times together. Mother was our inspiration for life. We will forever remember her love for all the beauty the world holds. Her words will help guide her family down life's path. She will truly be held in our hearts forever."

Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Chick LeDoux; brother, Marland; and sister, Geraldine.

She is survived by her adopted brother, Paul; sons, Fritz Hahn and Casey LeDoux; daughters, Dawn M. Hahn and Faye LeDoux; granddaughter, Mariah Faye Block; grandson, Wade Tanner Block; and cousin, Ruby Baylous.

Donations can be made in her honor to Hospice of Anchorage, 2612 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage 99508 and/or Eagle River Elks Lodge 2682, 17111 Eagle River Loop Road., Eagle River 99577.

Arrangements are with Kehl's Legacy Funeral home.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 7 to May 8, 2010