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Mary Frances Tolbert

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Frances Tolbert, a celebrated local actress, starred in many stage productions at the Alaska Performing Arts Center, University of Alaska, Alaska Pacific University, Cyranos and the annual Valdez Theater Convention. Plays included:


Talking With

The Duchess of Malfi

Hotel Paradiso

Actors Nightmare

The Diviners

Crimes of the Heart

The Don of Smyrna was an Overnighter

Plays with Kokopelli:

The Eight; Reindeer Monologues

Noises Off

Inspecting Carol


Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Jesus Christ Superstar

Spooge; The Sex and Love Monologues

Smack the Wagon

Others include:


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Nickled and Dimed

Becky's New Car at Cyranos with Schatzie Schafer directing


Jesus Christ Superstarr at UAA 1987

Frances worked in the airline industry for Penair and local travel agencies and was previously the manager of the gift shop at the Alaska Zoo.

Her brother Bill wrote, "I have so many good memories of Mary Frances. From her running around the smokehouse in her little white shoes, making her own modifications to my model airplanes, to basketball practice with our brother Reinhold using garbage cans on top of the counter at the old Wien office in King Salmon. She was a nice, caring, funny girl and a dear sister. I love her and miss her."

Her sister Bobbie wrote, "She was a wonderful fabulous girl that I will miss all day, everyday. Always smart, funny and full of fun. She was a bright spot in an otherwise busy day; very talented and knowledgeable in both serious and frivolous ways; friendly and nice to everyone."

Her brother Reinhold remembers how much fun she had with his daughters; making home-made lemonade and pickles, decorating pumpkins and painting.

Survivors include her mother, Bertha Tolbert of King Salmon; brother and wife, Bill and Marilyn Tolbert of King Salmon; sister, Bobbie Tolbert of Wasilla; sister and husband, Georgia Tolbert and Michael Gagnon of Anchorage; brother and wife, Reinhold and Krissy Tolbert of Las Vegas; brother and wife, Steve and Sue Tolbert of Sanford, Tasmania; and many beloved family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Tolbert, Sr.

A service will be held on January 19th, 2014 at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel located at 440 E, Klatt Road in Anchorage, AK at 1:00 p.m.


Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2014
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Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel
440 E. Klatt Road Anchorage, AK 99515
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