Cecilia Brown died unexpectedly January 2, 2012. She was born in North Bend, Oregon on November 14, 1936, where she grew up to become the first female commercial fishing captain in the Pacific Northwest. Cecilia sailed along the Western coast and was quite successful. Her boat hit "high-liner" status for tuna two years in a row, bringing in the biggest overall catch of any boat in the fleet. As an adult, she moved to Eureka, California where she lived before arriving in Alaska with her young family in 1969; settling first in Anchorage before finally relocating to Juneau.
She was a 30-year employee of the State of Alaska, working first for the Department of Natural Resources and later the Department of Labor. Cecilia retired from State service in the Fall of 2006. She was a life-long hot rod and horse racing enthusiast and was eventually able to attend the Kentucky Derby. Cecilia loved travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures.
Cecilia was devoted to helping others and was always at your side if you were in need. She consistently opened her heart and home to many friends and family to help them out. She was also an active member of several service organizations in Juneau, including the Moose Lodge and Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA). Cecilia was also a local and state officer of the Juneau Eagles 4200 and volunteered at the Pioneer Home.
While she was "Nanny" to her own grandchildren, she was also "Nanny" to the children and grandchildren of her dearest friend, Pam Zaborske. Cecilia was well-loved, had many close friendships and had a strong belief in God.
Cecilia is survived by her family in Oregon, brothers William and James Moore, sisters Helen Cruckshank and Mary Jones, and in Washington, brother Anthony Moore. She is also survived by her children and grandchildren; son Ervin Brown and his wife Michelle in Juneau; daughter Shannon Moffat and her husband David, their children Matt and Nicole from Federal Way, WA; and daughter Colleen Jaeger and her children Kami and Kohl, also from Juneau.
Although she requested there be no memorial services held for her, there will instead be a celebration of Cecilia's life on Saturday, January 28, from 4-6 PM at the Juneau Moose Lodge. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers or other memorials, donations be made to the Juneau Pioneer Home in Cecilia's name.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, 2012