Ethelda "Faye" Bisom (1923 - 2012)

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Longtime Juneau resident Ethelda "Faye" Bisom died peacefully at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 23, 2012 with family members at her side. Faye was born in Kelsey, Texas on January 29, 1923 to Leonard Kaze and Anna Hooper Kaze. She grew up and attended school in Mesa, Arizona. Her first job, after high school was with the British Air Force servicing aircraft at Falcon Field in Mesa. She later worked for Ryan Aeronautical Company in the production of aircraft and parts for the U.S. Army and Navy until she moved to Alaska.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Ruth Winsor of Chandler, Arizona; her brothers Charles Kaze of Hoonah, Alaska and Leonard Kaze of Oxnard, California; and her twins Darryel and David Zinn of Anchorage, Alaska.

Faye's Alaskan adventures began in 1949 when she moved to Hoonah to join her uncle and brother. She lived in Hoonah, Pelican, Juneau, Haines, Seward, Anchorage and Tenakee Springs before moving back to Juneau in 1968 so her children could attend high school and live at home. She was a cannery worker at several locations in southeast Alaska and was employed at the Baranof Hotel from 1968 until she retired.

Faye met her husband John Bisom in Juneau and later they married on January 8, 1983. She was an avid reader and loved to travel. When they both retired in 1990, they enjoyed many trips together touring the lower 48 and Alaska in their motorhome. Faye was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska Auxiliary, Igloo 6 and the Women of the Moose, Chapter 439.
Faye is survived by her husband John Bisom of Juneau; daughters Linda Peele of Las Vegas, Nevada and Dorothea Zinn of Tucson, Arizona; sons Richard Zinn (Sher) of Juneau and Michael Zinn of Anchorage; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

For the last two years, in declining health, Faye resided in the Helping Hands Healing Hearts assisted living home under the loving care of Julie Delaplain aand the Delaplain family. Faye's family wishes to acknowledge the many kindnesses show to her by the Delaplain family, supporting friends and neighbors, and especially to Julie's grandchildren (Esha and Byron) who called her "Grandma Faye" and made her life more enjoyable these past two years.

A memorial service will be held at the Juneau Moose Lodge, 8335 Airport Blvd., on Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 3-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to either Hospice and Home Care of Juneau or Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL).
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 12 to Mar. 26, 2012
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