Dorothy Jane Beasley (1936 - 2011)

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The Last Petal of Life fell for Dorothy Jane Beasley in Juneau after short battle with Stage 4 cancer.

Dorothy was a Raven/Coho of the Tlingit Tribe. Dorothy was born February 26, 1936 in Klawock, Alaska, to her late parents Lena and Judson Brown.

Dorothy loved the comfort and security of her 5 sisters who are Mary Lekanof, Judy George,
Geraldine Williams, Vivian Kokotovich and Minnie Dundas. Michael Brown is her one brother and he always made her delirious from his humor throughout her life. Mike encouraged Dorothy in trout fishing with pack of seven sons in the State of Washington when they were quite young. He was always around and a good uncle to the boys. There are many maternal relatives. She loved them all.

Dorothy's 7 sons are Michael Lee, Richard Alan, George Lyle, John Lowell, Steven Lawrence, Michael Warren and David Charles. Along with 8 grand children and 5 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy's motto with her children was God-work-discipline-rewards. She never believed you could sit on the couch and expect a miracle. You had to go get off that couch and create your miracle.

Her maternal remaining Aunts and Uncle are, Virginia Copsey of Kake and Rachel Carpenter of Seattle and Tom Mooney of Juneau. Thoughout Dorothy's lifetime her Aunt Cookie (Virginia) always showed kindness and love.

Her paternal remaining Aunts are Anita McNeil, Linda Thompson and many paternal relatives. Dorothy loved her memoires of Aunt Anita taking the time for "tea" with her as a child. She thought Aunt Anita was the kindest always. Elsie Brown married to Austin Brown was always a fine lady to Dorothy. Dorothy had the highest respect for Elsie.

Dorothy was always proud to have grown up in the Haines house, Bethel Beach home having attended Mt. Edgecumbe. She made lifetime friends with Aleuts, Eskimo's and Athabaskans. Her best girlfriend Katherine Grimnes of Unalaska named Dorothy's second twin. They remained friends and traveled the world many times together.

She was an artist with a typewriter and her specialty was medical transcription. Eventually Dorothy opened her medical secretarial business in Seattle for many years.

Part of Dorothy's professional career involved working with Sealaska Corporation. She found the early Sealaska years exciting. She enjoyed her time working with John Borbridge Jr. and George Lum See. Till her death, she always liked and respected John Borbridge Jr.

Dorothy loved God and was fearless with death. She and her family believe she has gone to rest in peace.

Her belief in God and Heaven was the core of her character. Raising her sons, she was lucky to be the only girl in the station wagon with all her boys heading off to church.

Dorothy will be sorely missed, never forgotten and her character will live on in All seven on her sons.

This is a wonderful day to rejoice in the life of Dorothy Jane Beasley. Services were held Monday, November 21st at 3pm and was beautifully attended. Thank you for all the cookies and love. God Bless.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, 2011