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Smith, Marcella "Marice" - Juneau  
A celebration of life for Marcie Smith will be held at the Juneau Moose Lodge (8335 Airport Blvd.) on Sunday, May 1, at 3pm. Please bring a dish to share. The family may be contacted care of Rosa Rice 8415 Nugget Dr. Juneau, AK 99801. Marcella Bush Smith passed away November 4, short battle with cancer. Marcie was born in Rupert Idaho to John and Rosa Bush. Marcie married Dale Smith in 1960 and they had six children. As a Coast Guard family, they moved often, living in Texas, Cordova and Juneau Alaska, New Jersey, and Boston MA, before settling back in Juneau in 1972. Marcie worked as the bookkeeper for Lyle's Hardware and Furniture from 1975-1984. In recent years, they lived in Fort Stockton Texas. Marcie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rosa Bush, and her brother, Jan Bush, and her son Christopher Dale Smith. She is survived by husband Dale Smith, children Nathan (Sharon), David (Misty), Anthony (Elizabeth), and Matthew Smith and Rosa (Ray) Rice; grandchildren Wil, Katie, Kristin, Josh (Caroline), Marcella, Adian, and Mattison Smith, Laura (Jonathan) Gillman, Ray Rice, Naomi "Ami" (Kenneth) Demmert, Mary Hayes, and Kinnon (Andie) Scharen; and great grandchildren Sylas and Caleb Demmert, Tobias Gillman, Elnora Smith and Jace Kihlmire; and by her brothers Lee (Sandy) and Eric (Jackie) Bush.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 27 to May 27, 2016
Venner, Patrick Murray - Juneau  
K_achwan, of Lukaax. adi (Raven Sockeye), Shaka Hit (Canoe Prow House in Dry Bay, Yakutat), Yeil Hit (Raven House in Haines), and of prominent Irish and Filipino heritage, is now fishing for the biggest catch in the heavens above. He left this earth on April 3, 2016. He was born December 3, 1985 (after Monday night football) in Juneau, Alaska. It was at an early age that his calling in life became obvious. His connection with the ocean and especially the fish residing in it was both spiritual and uncanny. He enjoyed fishing with his dad Michael Venner, who says that Pat always out fished him. Pat out fished most. Patrick is not only known for his fishing abilities; he has many other talents. In his youth he enjoyed playing soccer, playing golf, and fell in love with snowboarding. At a young age his mother let him travel to visit his sisters in Washington State to join in their snowboarding adventures. But his passion for fishing was always at the forefront of his life. Well known up and down the West Coast, Patrick is recognized as one of the best fisherman by most in the fishing industry. To quote one of his fishing mentors, "He was the most fishy person I have ever known!" In his fishing career he became one of the youngest, well respected captains. His reputation stretched from Yakutat to San Diego. Having one of the warmest, welcoming smiles, Patrick left an impact on all he came in contact with. Many of his close friends have shared stories about his humor, his comforting support through their hard times, and his love for his family. Patrick is preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents Emma & Willie Marks, maternal grandfathers, Antonio Florendo and Richard Dauenhauer, his cousin Philip Florendo, and his paternal grandparents Kathleen & Richard Venner. Pat is survived by his maternal grandmother Nora Marks-Dauenhauer, mother Adela Florendo, father Michael Venner, sisters Genesis Ransom, Jamaica LaTurner and her husband Mark LaTurner, Teresa Ransom, brother Dominic Florendo, his niece Ione LaTurner, nephew Taj LaTurner, aunties and uncles on both sides of his family, and many close cousins and friends. Services to celebrate the life of Patrick will be held on Monday April 11, 2016 at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 350 Whittier Street, Juneau, Alaska at 6pm. Guest are welcome to bring a dish to share and their favorite hard copy photo of Pat.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 10 to May 10, 2016
Wild, Margaret N. - Juneau  
Margaret N. Boone Wild passed away peacefully on November 29, 2015 in her own home, with family and her beloved dog Colby with her as she had wanted. Born in Olympia, Washington, on April 22, 1924, she and her family made Alaska their home since 1960, and lived on Atlin Drive since 1965. The family home was Margaret to a T: every square inch outdoors lovingly gardened with flowers, vegetables and trees; paths made of sand and shells; and enough rocks it's a wonder the ground didn't sink. She could recall where and when she obtained each plant (look the other way, Customs!). She believed wholeheartedly in the restorative powers of vitamin dirt. Hands down, Margaret was one of the fastest berry pickers in the world. She had a lot of practice throughout her life, and even when it became difficult to crawl around on the often frosty ground, she looked forward to the annual fall road trip to pick cranberries in the Yukon. She delighted in making jam and on several occasions made a dozen berry pies for the Glory Hole during the holidays. Her personality and creativity were evident everywhere inside the house as well: cross-stitched lighthouses, embroidered tablecloths and pillowcases, handmade quilts, collages of rocks, shells and wood, and hand-hooked rugs. The solarium was always full of plants, including at least a dozen orchids, overwintering geraniums and clematis, and a tomato forest in the summer. She made quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and at the time of her passing was working on one for a great grandchild (in addition to two embroidery projects). Baking cookies with the grandchildren at Christmas was an annual tradition. As they grew Margaret would sew each one a new apron. Her famous Margie's Rolls won a Pillsbury baking contest in Anchorage, where she appeared on local television. She taught her grandchildren how to make the rolls and cinnamon rolls, and how to make pies. She made special dog cookies for Colby, and not a day went by that he didn't have a smallish scoop of ice cream for dessert. Margaret and her late husband Warren were members of a gourmet club for many years, whose members remained long-time close friends. Thursday lunch with the ladies at the Udder Culture was a cherished event and the highlight of the week. She loved watching Mariners games on television, castigating them for not winning more often and cheering on her favorites. She and Warren several times attended spring training games in Arizona. After his passing, she and her daughter went to spring training, but managed to also visit rock shops and botanical gardens. Margaret had a lifelong love of dancing. She and her high school friend Jackie were quite the dancers in their time, she and Warren were enthusiastic square dancers, and she still loved watching polka party on Saturday nights. Many knew Margaret as a member of Sweet Adelines and as a long-term bowler in local leagues. An avid reader, Margaret greatly enjoyed volunteering with Friends of the Library bookstore. In retirement, she and Warren built a cabin on Chilkat Lake outside of Haines, providing many cherished memories for family and friends. Later they enjoyed a winter home in Borrego Springs, California where she delighted in hiking and admiring wildflowers. For the past several years JoAnne mailed her mother a box of hand-selected treats each month as a year-long Christmas present, along with recipes and newspaper clippings on gardening; these will be sorely missed by the rest of the siblings. Margaret was easy to "shop" for on her birthday or Christmas: a bag of mussel, oyster or scallop shells; a couple of buckets of black sand or seaweed; an extra special rock; a certificate for summer annuals at the plant store all brought great pleasure. Margaret was devoted to her family, and they to her. Her husband Warren, whom she had known since first grade, preceded her in death in 2010. She is survived by her children Robert (Gretchen Keiser) of Juneau, Linda of Juneau, James (Mary Jo Lord-Wild) of Elfin Cove, and Jo Anne (Ruth Wild) of Kent, Washington, close family friend Rosemarie Alexander (Richard Isett) of Juneau, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her four sisters and one brother. She lives on through the many plants she has shared with others, as well as her favorite expressions which quite by accident pop out of the mouths of her children. Many family members have inherited the rock and green thumb genes. Please join the family for a Celebration of Life for Margaret on Saturday, April 23 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the family home at 9030 Atlin Drive.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 10 to May 10, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Graves, Marcus Erwin - Juneau  
Juneau resident Marcus Erwin Graves, 60, passed away unexpectedly on November 26, 2015. Born July 18, 1955 in Beaver County, Pennsylvania to Keith and Mary Lou Tyson, Marcus traveled to Alaska in the mid-1970s and stayed for most of the next 40 years. He graduated from the University of Alaska – Southeast, and worked as a paralegal in Juneau, Seattle, and San Diego, owned a landscaping business during the 1990s, and held various jobs with the State of Alaska. At the time of his death, Marcus was employed as an eligibility technician with the Office of Children's Services, where he appreciated working with a team of people dedicated to easing the way for children in Alaska's foster care system, a cause always dear to his heart. Marcus loved gardening and caring for plants, creating an amazing display of sunflowers, herbs, and vegetables in the small yard of the apartment building where he lived at Third and Gold Streets downtown. He also enjoyed cooking and baking, supplying friends and co-workers with his signature Dragon's Breath Salsa and other specialties. Marcus was a lifelong enthusiast of politics, whether local, state, or national, and an aficionado of professional tennis, Seattle Seahawks football, and disco-era dance music. Marcus is survived by three brothers and two sisters on the East Coast. His Juneau friends will celebrate his life on Saturday, April 9th, with a 12:30 p.m. lunch at Mi Casa restaurant. (If planning to join us, please email Cheryl at juneaucp@gmail.com by April 7th.) Those wishing to honor Marcus may donate in his name to the Cancer Connection of Juneau, P.O. Box 20329, Juneau, AK 99802 or to Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA), P.O. Box 92644, Anchorage, AK 99509.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 31 to Apr. 30, 2016
Tidwell, Steven John - Juneau  
Steven John Tidwell, 58, a life-long Juneau resident died on Good Friday in Medford, Oregon from cancer. Steve moved to Juneau with his family when he was 9 and remained there until 2013. He worked for his step-father Ted Tidwell, in the family business, Arctic Carpet. Steve is survived by his wife and soul mate Alice who enjoyed a 39 year-long everlasting love. Steve enjoyed his dogs Max, Bandit and Dudley who were like children to them. Steve was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Travis and Mae Callahan, his father Ted Tidwell, and nephew Jacob Lewis. Steve is also survived by his mother, Betty (and Jack) Wray of Montana, his sisters, Lori (Joe) Croteau of Nevada, Lisa (Haynes) Tormey, Debbie (Mark) Lewis, and Susan (Eric) Endicott, brothers, Jeff (Christine) Wray, all of Juneau, and John (Trish) Wray of Washington. He is also survived by his aunt, Beverly (Paul) Harker of Montana, uncles Ken (Pat) Callahan of Oregon, and Richard (Pam) Callahan of Juneau as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. His parents, Jack and Betty Wray can be contacted at P. O. Box 7825, Helena, MT 59604. His wife can be reached at 737 Stevens St. #113, Medford, OR 97504. (907) 209-1221. We are looking for photos of Steve. Please post a photo or message at: https://www.facebook.com/StevenTidwellAlaska/ or email Alice: romance@gci.net When Steve came down with cancer he said that he wanted to become more Christian, to forgive people for past transgressions and seek forgiveness from others. In this Easter season, please remember Steve and take the steps to heal damaged relationships in your life too!
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 30 to Apr. 29, 2016
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