Former Anchorage resident Rachel Eddy, 100, died Feb. 15, 2013, at Hospice of Spokane in Spokane WA.
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A memorial was held Feb. 22 at Spokane Funeral Home in Spokane, WA.
Rachel was born in Stanton, N. Dakota on Dec. 15, 1912, to Josephine and Samuel Fretty. She was the eighth of nine children and grew up on the family farm.
She moved to Seattle, Washington in her 20's to attend Beautician School and eventually opened her own beauty parlor there.
In Seattle she met and married George Learned and together with her daughter they moved to Anchorage in 1949.
She and George loved bowling, fishing and exploring Alaska and soon built a cabin on Long Island, Big Lake where they spent many wonderful weekends with family and friends until Georges passing in 1963.
She opened another beauty parlor, called "Beauty Haven" in what had been their first home when they moved to Alaska. She was still at work in the beauty parlor the day that Anchorage was hit with a major earthquake in 1964.
She later married Russ Eddy and they lived briefly in Portland, Oregon and Sacramento, CA. By this time she had retired and spent the remainder of her life as a home maker. She loved sewing, gardening, canning, banking and was a wonderful cook.
After Russ's passing in 1976 she returned to Anchorage and lived independently in her own home until 2008 when she and her daughter moved to Spokane to be closer to family.
She loved being in the outdoors and working around the yard even up to the age of 99!
Her family was blessed to celebrate her 100th birthday with her on December 15 of this year. She will be remembered for her sweet, kind, quiet and soft spoken way. Always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.
She is survived by her daughter Mavis Perron of Spokane; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Wendy and Steve Schurosky of Anchorage, AL, and great-grandson Gregory Miller of Seattle, WA.
Published in adn.com from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013