Becky (Watson) Vinton (1954 - 2018)

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Becky (Watson) Vinton, a 1972 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, died at her home in Nashua, Montana, on April 2, 2018, at the age of 63.

Becky was 12 years old when the Watson family moved to Juneau from Montana in November, 1966. The Watsons enjoyed the many recreational opportunities afforded by living in the Mendenhall Valley. In the winter, most weekends found them skiing at the " 2nd and 3rd cabins" of the Douglas Bowl ski area. Becky's father, Jim Watson, served on the Ski Patrol, and Becky soon joined the Junior Ski Patrol. Her skill earned her the 1971-72 Alaska Ski Patrol Woman of the Year.

After Becky graduated from high school in 1972, she attended Western Montana State College in Dillon, Montana. Earning her teaching degree in June 1976, she took her first job at a one-room schoolhouse in Ringling, Montana. She married Frank Vinton of Ringling in 1977, and soon after the couple moved to Thorne Bay, Alaska, where Becky taught elementary school. After a few years, the Vintons returned to Montana, where Becky's teaching profession took the couple to the towns of Avon, East Helena, and finally to Nashua in northeastern Montana in 1988; where she taught for the Frazer School District on the Fort Peck Reservation.

At the age of 54, Becky was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and retired from teaching. Her husband Frank cared for her at their home as the sole caregiver throughout her entire illness.

Becky's parents, Jim and Betti Watson, preceded her in death, as did her brother Bill Watson. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two daughters Carol Vinton Nguyen of Maryland and Sarah Vinton McNair of Lolo, Montana; her sons-in-laws, two granddaughters and a foster grandson. She is also survived by her sisters Pat Watson Frantz of Sequim, Washington and Kerry Watson of Ketchikan, Alaska.
Published in The Juneau Empire on May 19, 2018