Stina Harriet Barrans (1927 - 2013)

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  • "Stina was the dearest most genuine person and my heart..."
    - Mary Ellen Frank
  • "DIANE AND BOB - May God bless you and your family in this..."
    - LYNN & PHYLLIS KIRKHAM
  • "Diane I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are..."
  • "We always enjoyed our visits with Stina at the Pioneers..."
    - joann grady
  • "I only knew your Mom the last couple years. I was so..."
    - Sylvia Pedersen

Stina Harriet Hope Barrans, age 86, passed away October 26, 2013.
Born February 23, 1927, Stina was the eldest child of Hans Hope and Anna Williams Hope and the sixth of Anna's nine children. Born and raised in Juneau, Stina met the love of her life, Leo Barrans, in 1944, after he moved to Alaska to serve at Bethel Tabernacle. The couple married in September 1945. For the next two decades Stina ministered alongside Leo in small Assembly of God churches in SE Alaska (Craig and Ketchikan) and Washington's Okanagan area (Brewster, Republic and Winthrop). In 1964, the couple moved to Arizona with their two children, Arne and Diane, to be house parents at the Laveen Indian Children's Home. Over the next fourteen years, the couple cared for displaced children, worked with individuals in recovery from addictions and pastored until 1978 when they returned to Alaska. Once again they engaged in the work closest to Stina's heart, as house parents at the Alaskan Youth Village, remaining until 1984. For several years thereafter Stina provided homecare for her mother until her death in 1986 and daycare for infants and toddlers until 1991 when a stroke limited her ability to do so. With assistance from various caregivers, the couple remained in their home until 2006 when they became Pioneer Home residents.
Throughout her life, Stina was known for her warmth, hospitality and contagious laughter. She loved to cook for and entertain family and friends. An active church member, Stina taught Sunday school for many years and both she and Leo took every opportunity to welcome and support newcomers to their church family particularly those new to the faith.
The waning years of her life can hardly be described as such given her genuine affection, colorful energy (and brightly-colored wardrobe) and caring attitude towards her fellow residents and staff; she has been described by many as the life of the Juneau Pioneer Home.
Stina was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, son, Arne, brothers Ralph and Harry, and sisters Lena and Sally. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Barrans (Kelly Kirkpatrick), son, Bob Huber, daughter-in-law, Gloria Lanphere (Ron), grandsons, Justin and Arnold, and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Plans for a celebration of her life to be held at the Juneau Pioneer Home will be announced at a future date.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Nov. 3, 2013
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