Marilyn (Jewett) Brantley (1929 - 2012)

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Marilyn Brantley, known to many for her piano playing and infectious laugh passed away at the Sitka Pioneer Home Sunday evening at the age of 82.

Born in Juneau September 13, 1929 to Leo and Helen Jewett, Marilyn lived there until 1960.

Around that time she began raising and showing Chinese Pugs, many of which became Champions in dog shows around the country. She also became a judge and served in that capacity at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. After three decades of judging she was honored as a Judge Emeritus by the American Kennel Club.

She began playing the piano at an early age and grew up playing a Baldwin baby grand piano that her parents brought to Juneau around 1940. In 1956 that piano went with her parents to Oak Harbor, Washington, and later, after several stops, ended up in the lobby of the Sitka Pioneer Home where she often regaled the residents and staff with her repertoire of songs.

Talented at everything she did, she played piano in nightclubs and held a variety of jobs during her life including bookkeeper, medical secretary, alcohol counselor and dog breeder. She was once named Washington Employee of the Month and also Employee of the Year for the Fircrest Residential Center in Seattle.

After a heart attack in 2000, she moved to Juneau for a year and then resided at the Sitka Pioneer Home the last decade of her life.

A month before she passed away, she found peace with God and committed her life to Jesus Christ. She will be missed, but we will see her again.

She is survived by her sons Dick (Sequim, WA), Dave (Sitka) and Dayle Dapcevich (Monroe, WA). She had seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, 2012
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