Elaine Viola (Dupuis) Beedle (1928 - 2017)

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Elaine Viola Beedle passed away peacefully on November 15, 2017 in Juneau, Alaska.

Elaine was born August 9, 1928 in Richland, Washington. She was the ¬¬¬ 15th of 19 children born to Marie (Menard) and Marcel Dupuis. Her family farmed, selling eggs, poultry and potatoes to the local grocery store.

As a young girl, Elaine moved with her family to what is now known as the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch in Cle Elum, Washington. Later, the Dupuis family moved to the nearby Teanaway Valley.

She met Homer Beedle in 1944 when he was home on leave. After his time serving in the Coast Guard, Homer and Elaine married on February 15, 1947 in Cle Elum, Washington at St. John's Catholic Church.

They began their family on a large dairy farm in Silver Creek, Washington where Elaine helped prepare meals for the hired help. The couple moved to the Teanaway Valley after their second child was born, and to nearby Cle Elum after their eighth.
In the fall of 1964, Homer came to Juneau, Alaska in search of work. Six months later, when school adjourned for the summer, Elaine and the ten children followed, leaving behind extended family and many friends.

Elaine quickly embraced her new hometown, entering fully into the community through her and her family's many activities.

During her time at home raising her family, Elaine also cared for several children in their infancy and toddlerhood to supplement the family income. When her youngest child entered high school, Elaine began to work outside her home. She helped her husband with auctioneering, worked for B.M. Behrends Bank and the State of Alaska in the Longevity Bonus program. Her job required her to write letters to the recipients of the program. She wrote friendly, personal notes and signed her name with a smiley face.

Elaine's family was her life's work. As her children grew and had children of their own, Elaine's home remained the gathering spot. From card games in the fall, building snowmen in the winter, egg hunts in the spring and impromptu whiffle ball games in the summer, Elaine welcomed everyone and made sure no one ever went hungry.

For many years, Elaine attended daily mass. She loved the Cathedral and St. Paul's communities and the lifelong friends she made there.

Elaine was a woman of strong convictions. She had a clear sense of goodness and right and lived her life accordingly. She was wise and frugal, faithful and honest and always willing to help when she saw a need.

Good health was important to Elaine, for herself and her family. She exercised faithfully, bicycling, walking and for many years attending exercise classes at the senior center.

She was the original conservationist, using little, wasting nothing. She lived lightly upon the earth, and took pleasure in simple things- spotting the light blue eggs in a robin's nest, bike riding alongside the wildflowers, watching a soaring eagle, the northern lights, or a breaching humpback.

Elaine is survived by her daughters Judy (Bill) Woytowich, Jane (John) Stroope, Janet (Steve) Olmstead; her sons Joseph (Barbara), James (Elaine Loopstra), Jack (Margie), Jerry, John (Leah), Jay (Eileen); 26 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Gene (May) Dupuis and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Homer, daughter Joy Cooksey, and granddaughter Jessica Wegener.

Elaine's family wishes to thank the many people who cared for her after her stroke, especially Dr. Bob Urata, Sharon McCauley, and the staff at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

A Rosary will be held 7:00 pm, December 4 at St. Paul's Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be held at the church 3:00 pm, December 5, with a reception following in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Vincent de Paul, 8617 Teal St, Juneau, AK 99801.
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9055 Atlin Dr
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-5529
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 29 to Dec. 28, 2017