Alice E. Poor (1918 - 2012)

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Longtime Douglas resident Alice E. Poor, 94, passed away peacefully in Seattle on October 17, 2012. She was born in Effie, Minnesota, on June 22, 1918, daughter of Joseph and Della Rahier.
Alice and her husband, Val, were married in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 29, 1939. After an extended honeymoon they traveled to Alaska and settled in Juneau. While her husband worked in the AJ gold mine Alice was busy helping to dismantle an old mining house in Thane that they had purchased for $50. Materials from this house were used to build their first house on Fifth Street in Douglas. Many local miners volunteered to help in building their home.
In 1943 Alice found herself working from 8 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week when she and Val purchased the Douglas Drug Store and Post Office. In 1975 she was honored as "Alaska's Outstanding Postal Employee". She was, also, an active member of Eastern Star, a member of Pioneers of Alaska, and was the last surviving charter member of the Douglas Community United Methodist Church. She loved her family, knew about hard work, and took pride in everything she did. In 1976 she retired and spent 10 wonderful years traveling with her husband across the country in a fifth wheel making friends wherever they went. They would always return to their beach cabin on Lena Beach. Alice was, also, a major supporter of the Treadwell Ice Arena. The Arena Zamboni proudly displays her name.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Val and a daughter Della who died of whooping cough at the age of 11 months. She outlived her brothers Jack, Vince, Elwyn, and Doug Rahier and her sisters Beatrice Hastings and Dorothy Distel. Surviving family members are daughter Danna and sons Joe, Woody, Richard, and Bob. Alice has 11 loving grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Alice's ashes will be placed next to her husband's at the Alaska Memorial Park in Juneau. A special memorial service will be held at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Douglas Community United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 240509 Douglas, Alaska 99824.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Oct. 24 to Nov. 23, 2012
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