Helen (Johnson) Davies (1967 - 2011)

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Helen Johnson Davies (1967 – 2011)
Helen Johnson Davies, 44, died September 2, 2011, in Seattle at the University of Washington Medical Center, after suffering with metastatic breast cancer.
Surrounded by her family, Helen died of complications related to the disease, replete with the knowledge she had given it her all. Survivors include her husband Brian Davies, Director of Snow Safety at Juneau's Eaglecrest Ski Area, and their son Ronan, 10. Until her death, Helen was employed as an accountant by the City and Borough of Juneau. A certified public accountant, Helen earlier served the state of Alaska in the Division of Legislative Audit.
She was born March 26, 1967, in Alexandria, Virginia, to Lucy and Tony Johnson. She graduated from Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School in 1985, and studied a year at the University of Delaware before earning a bachelor's degree from Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, N.C., in 1989. She later earned her CPA in 2001. Helen and Brian were married September 22, 1995.
Her adventures included rock climbing in Argentina and traveling in Europe before finding her way to Alaska's state capital. Her first Alaska jobs included working for Glacier Bay Air in Gustavus , in a bank's loan department, the Juneau Economic Development Council and for AEL&P. She also worked in accounting for Alaska Discovery.
Helen enjoyed taking long walks, sailing, skiing, camping, making jewelry and being a loving mom and wife.
In addition to her husband and son, she is also survived by her mother, Lucy Johnson of Arlington, Va.; her father, Tony Johnson of Fairfax, Va.; sister Cathy Hott and brother-in-law Ed Hott of Great Falls, Va.; brother Andy Johnson and sister-in-law Denise Johnson of Burlingame, Calif.; brother Frank Johnson and sister-in-law Jami Johnson of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; as well as seven nieces and nephews.
The Davies' family is very fortunate to live in an awesome community of supportive friends and coworkers. We want to thank all of you who have stood by to help Helen, Ronan and Brian. To all of her family and friends spread far and wide, thank you, too, for the encouraging words, music, love and even food you sent to support Helen.
A celebration of Helen's life is set for 2 pm Saturday, October 8, 2011, at Eaglecrest Ski Area. A potluck will follow in the lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Helen's name to Cancer Connection, P.O. Box 20329, Juneau, Alaska, 99802.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3, 2011
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