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Buggey, Bernice Alberta (Amouak)  
Bernice Alberta (Amouak) Buggey, passed away at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital surrounded by her children and grandchildren in the early morning hours on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Bernice "Ding" was born in Tanana on March 27, 1938. She was the youngest daughter of Oliver and Olga Amouak, well-known Eskimo dancers sponsored by Alaska Airlines to promote Alaska tourism.   Bernice was one of 15 children. The Amouaks traveled from Tanana to Fairbanks on the Riverboat Nenana, where her father worked as a carpenter and her mother was the cook. Bernice met Ken Buggey in Fairbanks, where he was stationed at Fort Wainwright, and they married on April 21, 1956. Their station at Fort Wainwright was short. Their last transfer was to Fort Lewis, Washington, in 1957, where their first son, Bob, was born. Their other three children were born in Pennsylvania, where the Buggey family lived. Bernice and Ken returned to Fairbanks in 1962 where their four children were raised. Bernice was employed at Bennett Cleaners when her children started elementary. She ended her career at Fort Wainwright as a four-ton truck driver for military expediting services. At first, she was ridiculed for taking a man's job, until they realized that she did her job as well as any man. Bernice and Ken moved from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 1987 and traveled frequently to Washington to visit their daughters' families.  Bernice moved to Washington after her husband died in 2011. There she loved going to the Fife Community Senior Center, where she made many friends. Her favorite activities were Cribbage, Pinochle and Bingo. Bernice loved Tai-Chi so much, she practiced it a lot, even at 77. Bernice was always a faithful servant of her Lord by contributing many hours of community service. She made Valentine's Day cards for children in juvenile detention and for senior citizens, and birthday-in-a-box with goodie bags for homeless children's birthday parties. She gave Christmas gifts to the less fortunate, served meals and handed out essentials at Westgate in Fed Way, Washington. Bernice is survived by her four children, Bob, Ken, Mary and Brenda. Also surviving are her children's families: Bob's wife, Elfa; Kenny's wife, Stephanie, and their children, Allyson, her husband, Ty, and Kendra; Mary's children, Marilyn, her husband, Desmond, and their children, L'il Dez, Makala and her son, Zeonno; Desiree and Mary Jae "MJ," Brenda's husband, Bill, and their children, Billy, and his son, Trey, and Zaccheus and his wife, Alana.  Bernice was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Kenneth R.P. Buggey; parents Oliver and Olga Amouak, siblings Pauline, Lucy, Agnes, Ralph and Franklin, as well as nine siblings in the 1939 influenza outbreak. "Bernice gave her heart, her talent and her beautiful life in everything she did," said her family. "God bless you and keep you - we love you as mom, grandma, sister, aunt, cousin, friend." Viewing will be at noon, and the celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1030 Second Avenue in Fairbanks, with the Reverend Scott Fisher officiating. A potlatch will follow the service. Donations can be made in memory of Bernice A. Buggey to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org/donate. Arrangements were entrusted to Northern Lights Mortuary Funeral Home.  Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 21, 2015
Carlson, Dale  
He was a father. He was a husband. He was a son. He was a brother. He was an uncle, a nephew, a cousin and friend. And he was a pilot. Dale A. Carlson took the controls of his last flight on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  Dale agreed with the heavenly assessment made by Mark Twain in his travel memoir "Roughing It," where he wrote, "The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? It is the same the angels breathe." Dale's last earthly experience was doing something he loved - flying high above the beautiful, rugged and often unforgiving Alaskan terrain. Born in Anchorage on April 17, 1961, Dale grew up in Eagle River and attended Eagle River Elementary. After graduating from Chugiak High School in 1979, he moved to Fairbanks and attended University of Alaska Fairbanks. It was in Fairbanks that he met his beautiful wife, and where he and Heather shared the joy in the birth of two wonderful sons, John and Kevin. A believer in family, in fishing, in fun, and in flight, Dale began flying, with his grandfather's support, at age 16. He lived a very complete life that included special and amazing times with his family, good times, shenanigans and pranks with his siblings, moose and caribou hunting with good friends and family, trapshooting, fishing for anything that can be found in Alaskan waters, and some good and some downright miserable, games of golf. Dale spent the early years of his professional career driving the Haul road during the unforgettable early '80s, many times meeting or passing his brother, Gene, along the way. He drove for Frontier Transportation, YES Foods and Sourdough Express. Arguably one of the smartest of his siblings (still debated today), one of Dale's passions was computers and he opened one of the first computer stores in Fairbanks. Motivated to spend more time with his growing family, Dale traded the Haul Road for a desk job. He worked for K & W/Carlile as the Fairbanks terminal manager and later moved to Construction Machinery Incorporated (CMI), initially working in Fairbanks and later transferring to the Anchorage office. His love for the open air and the opportunity to travel around the state brought him to work for Hamilton Oil Field Services towards the end of his career, and eventually he fell back into work that he loved at CMI. Dale is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Heather, and son, John, of Wasilla and Fairbanks; his mother, Carolyn French, of Fairbanks, and father Ted Carlson, of Chugiak. He leaves behind an extensive group of siblings and in-laws that include Gene Carlson, of Anchorage; Kelly Atlee (David), of Fairbanks; Becky (Chuck) Taylor, of Chugiak; Teddy and Cameron Carlson, of Chugiak; Robin Doheny, of Minnesota; Lynn (Jim) Schiermiester, of Wyoming; Carlee Lindquist, of Chugiak; Therin (Colleen) Ferrin, of Anchorage; Darlene Carlson, of Washington; Jerry Bowers, of Fairbanks; Jennifer (Duane) Risse, of Anchorage; Michael Bowers, of Fairbanks; Whitney (Chris) Boese, of Fairbanks; as well as many, many nieces and nephews. Dale was predeceased by his sweet son, Kevin; his grandparents, John and Helen French, Bert and Virginia Carlson; and mother-in-law Colleen Bowers. Stories of flight, tales of fishing and exaggerations of a great golf game will be told at a celebration of Dale's life at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 at The Crossing Church in Chugiak. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to a memorial fund that has been set up at First National Bank of Alaska, in Dale's name. The monies from this fund will be used solely to purchase Spidertracks Aircraft Tracking Systems to be placed in the airplanes of as many private pilots as possible. We acknowledge, and hope you will too, the heroic efforts of the Alaska State Troopers, the United States Coast Guard, good samaritan fishing vessels including Lazy Otter Charters, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, Alaska Air National Guard, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 21, 2015
Frank, Clifton  
Clifton Frank, 66, beloved brother, uncle, grandpa, godfather and friend, passed away in his sleep on April 8, 2015, at his home in Venetie. Clifton was born June 2, 1948, on the banks of the Chandalar River, the fifth of 14 children to the late Nathanial and Annie Frank. Clifton was raised and live in a subsistence lifestyle; after finishing high school in Oregon, he served many years in the U.S. Army National Guard until he was honorably discharged. He worked more than 40 years for various airlines; the last being Wright's Air Service. Clifton enjoyed many things in his wonderful life; especially during spring duck hunting season. He would stay up all night to shoot every duck in sight. In the summer, he would enjoy the long, hot nights, going fishing on the Chandalar. He loved going hunting in the fall and winter.  His many pastimes included playing radio bingo, mazhur card game and driving four-wheeler or snowmachine to enjoy the beautiful scenic view of the Brooks Range, and he enjoyed going to church every Sunday. Clifton will be missed greatly by all, for he was a kind and gentle soul. Clifton is survived by his one and only "auntie," Mildred Nichols, of Roanoke, Virginia. He leaves behind six brothers, Robert Frank Sr., Amos, Albert, Jimmy, Orin, and Johnny Frank, all of Venetie; four sisters, Hannah Bundchuh, Dinah Frank, Caroline Haley, all of Fairbanks, and Jean A. Tritt, of Arctic; and Marilyn Mayfield, of Venetie. Clifton has many, many nephews, nieces and cousins from Venetie, Arctic Village, Fort Yukon, Fairbanks, Seattle, Hawaii and West Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nathaniel and Annie Frank; his brother, Stanley Frank; sisters Nancy and Dorothy Frank; and his nephew, Robert Frank Jr. The service was held at 2 p.m. April 13 at the Good Shepard Church in Venetie. He was laid to rest at the Venetie Cemetery with full Military Honors. 
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 18, 2015
Herringshaw, Dottie  
Dottie Herringshaw peacefully passed away Sunday April 12 at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. Born in 1931, she had lived in Fairbanks for more than 50 years. Services are pending. Full obituary to be published at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 14, 2015
Johnson, John  
Longtime Petersburg resident John Johnson passed away in Fulshear, Texas, on April 1, 2015. He was 79. John Webster Johnson was born Dec. 4, 1935, in Petersburg. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Blashke Island just south of Petersburg. In 1938, they moved to West Petersburg where his Dad worked at the Yukon Fur Farm. They remained there until 1941 when the family purchased their own mink farm, which they operated until 1954. Catching fish for mink feed and beach seining in Petersburg Creek during the summers were some of his responsibilities. John graduated from Petersburg High School in 1953. He then attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks where in 1958 he was in the last graduating class from UAF while Alaska was still a territory. While there, he was lucky enough to attend all sessions of the formation and signing of the Alaska Constitution, participating as the ROTC honor guard during these sessions. John graduated with a degree in education and was active in the U.S. Army ROTC program. Upon graduation, John was the first commissioned U.S. Army second lieutenant in the newly formed state of Alaska. In 1961, John married his wife, Dell, while serving in the Army in Fairbanks. They raised two sons, Joe and John (Jeff), both graduates of Petersburg High School. After serving for 20 years in the U.S. Army, John retired in 1979 as a lieutenant colonel. During his 20 years, he served two combat tours in Vietnam and one in Korea on the DMZ. John was also stationed in Alaska, Georgia and California, and as an ROTC instructor at CSU in Colorado. During this time, he mentored students and welcomed them into his home as a host family - some of whom have remained lifelong friends. While in Alaska, notably, John was operations officer for the Military Humanitarian Mission sent to Valdez during the Great Alaska Earthquake in 1964. While working in Valdez, John developed his lifelong appreciation for the Salvation Army and their work in Alaska communities. Upon retirement from the Army, John returned home to Petersburg where he managed the Alaska Department of Labor Employment Office for 17 years. His final retirement was in 1995. Active in public service and volunteer work, John has served as president of Rotary Club, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, two terms on the Petersburg City Council, Petersburg Lutheran Church Council, Petersburg School Board, chairman of the Salvation Army Board, Council of Alcoholism and Youth Council, member of Pioneers of Alaska (Igloo No. 26), Elks Club, Lions Club (King City, California), and a lifetime member of the VFW. John received special recognition for his work with the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts facility in Fort Greely is named after him, and he took several trips with the Boy Scouts, including hiking the Chilkoot trail. John also has a scholarship named in his honor at UAF for rural students in education. John loved to travel - with trips to Europe, Asia and Russia. In their trusty "Roadtrek" camper, John and Dell traveled more than 100,000 miles through 45 U.S. states and around North America, including the Canadian Arctic. John enjoyed history, and most of his trips included visits to historical places found in the U.S. John enjoyed being on the "road support" team for a few of the Klondike International Road Relay races from Skagway to Whitehorse, assisting runners from Petersburg participating in the event. His trip to Siberia was as a goodwill ambassador for the Rotary Club. He visited Rotary Clubs across Australia, even visiting an exchange student from Petersburg while there. John also liked to stay home. He was a regular for coffee at the Harbor office, and loved fishing on his boat - the "Helly Erin," named after his granddaughters - with friends and visitors. He loved reading history and historical biographies. His library is filled with lovingly selected works from birthdays, fathers days and Christmases. John was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Cora Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Dell, of Petersburg; son and daughter-in-law Joe and Shelley Johnson, of Anacortes, Washington; son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Krista Johnson, and their children, Erin and Helly, of Fulshear, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Jim and Doris Johnson, of Tucson, Arizona; sister Lois Rhodes, of Sitka; and several nieces and nephews.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 18, 2015
McGarvin, Christine Renee  
After a long battle with breast cancer, Christine Renee McGarvin, 55, died peacefully March 31 at her home in Fairbanks where she had been under hospice care. Christine was born July 5, 1959, in Boise, Idaho and attended Boise-area schools, including Bishop Kelly and Meridian high schools. She was also a student at California's San Bruno High in San Bruno and Taft High in Woodland Hills. In 1988, Christine returned to school, studying Anthropology at Boise State University. It was there she met her husband, R. T. Gould, getting acquainted while on an archaeological dig at the Danskin Rockshelter along the Boise River near Prairie, Idaho. They were married July 8, 1990, in a ceremony which took place at the same site. In 1992, Christine graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico. She continued her studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, receiving a master's degree in social work in 1994. Christine taught and studied anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was human resources manager for Fairbanks Community Mental Health (while serving as President of the Northern Alaska Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management), worked for Fairbanks Resource Agency and was past president of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks. After living, working and teaching in Dallas, Texas, for a few years and before returning to Fairbanks in summer 2012, Christine lived for five years in Medford, Oregon. During that period, she was founder and president of the Institute for Cannabis Therapeutics, a nonprofit research, education and patient advocacy organization in Medford. To a life resume that includes daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, student, teacher, anthropologist, archaeologist, human resources manager, crisis intervention counselor and mental health therapist, it's important to add human rights activist. Christine always was involved with and passionate about causes she believed in. Hers was a full and meaningful 55 years. She is survived by her husband, R. T. Gould, of Fairbanks; son Travis McGarvin (BreAnna), of Fairbanks; father Dick McGarvin (Susan), of Los Angeles; mother Janet Heyrend, of Boise; sister Tricia McGarvin, of Palmerton, Pennsylvania; brother Jeffrey Heyrend, of Boise; two grandchildren, Daymik and Kylanna, of Fairbanks; and her beloved animals Cody, Flash and Bucky (dogs); Frida and Timmee (cats). A memorial service for Christine will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, 4448 Pikes Landing Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 19, 2015
Mellecker, Don  
Don Mellecker passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Don had been visiting friends in Bend, Oregon. He was 63 years old. Don Mellecker was born in Fresno, California, on Sept. 25, 1951, to George L. Mellecker, from Iowa, and Melba D. Mellecker, from Missouri. Don is survived by his brother, Doug Mellecker. Don first came to Alaska during early summer 1973 and quickly settled into life in Denali Park, where he maintained an address until he died. Don retired from Teamsters Local 959 in October 2011, from Clear Air Station. Previously, Don worked on the Fort Greely Missle Project, Kenai Water and Sewer, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the Healy Clean Coal Project, the Usibelli Coal Mine Drag Line and the Skyline Lodge in Kantishna. Don was a tour-bus driver in Denali National Park. He broke trail for the Yukon Quest dog race. Don was an initial member of the Denali Borough Assembly and was the general contractor for the construction of the McKinley Community Center. Don was a partner in the Bloato Rafting Company. Don was an avid cyclist, wind surfer, snowmachiner, poker player and guitarist. Don loved the blues, and rock and roll. Don Mellecker, while a private guy, always was willing to give his time, energy and laughter to a friendly endeavor. He was a great friend. Don leaves a family of friends in Alaska, especially in Denali Park and Healy, and throughout the world. Simply put, Don was a joy to be around. Any donations should be given in Don Mellecker's name to the Scott Menke Memorial Fund at the Denali Education Center. The Center can be reached at 683-2597. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 14, 2015
Muckenthaler, Stella  
Stella Marie Muckenthaler, 93, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Homestead Assisted Living in Manhattan, Kansas. Stella was born March 10, 1922, at Paxico, the first daughter of Clement A. and Lucy R. (Zeller) Muckenthaler. She graduated from Paxico High School in 1939 and attended Mount St. Scholastica College. Stella entered St. Anthony School of Nursing at Sabetha and received her registered nursing diploma in 1944. Stella specialized in surgery and pediatrics in Texas and Kansas before moving to Fairbanks in 1955. She was hired as a staff nurse on the night shift at St. Joseph Hospital and was soon promoted to head nurse on the day shift. In 1960, she was appointed director of nursing. As director of nursing, she was instrumental in the opening of the new Fairbanks Community Hospital in 1971. In 1961, feeling the need to extend her training, she began a six year period of schooling that took her to the University of Minnesota from 1961-63 where she earned a liberal arts bachelor degree, and then to Incarnate Word College, in San Antonio, Texas, from 1964-65 where she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing, and finally to the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., from 1965-67 where she earned a master's degree in nursing. Stella returned to Fairbanks in August of 1967 and in June of 1970, was appointed by the governor of Alaska to a five-year term on the Alaska Board of Nursing. On Aug. 30, 1972, Stella was named the director of Fairbanks Pioneers' Home (one of three residences for elderly Alaskans' operated by the State of Alaska) by Gov. William A. Egan. As director, she supervised both the nursing and residential wings and retired from that position on Oct. 31, 1984. Upon retirement she was presented with a Carnival cruise to the Bahamas which was an outstanding award for her dedication. Stella served on numerous boards and committees associated with the nursing profession and the city of Fairbanks. Music played a large part in Stella's life. She began as the organist for the adult choir in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Newbury) while she was in the sixth grade. During her early years in Alaska she volunteered as organist at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and also played piano at times for the residents at Pioneer Home. She had a repertoire of music which all of the elders enjoyed. After retirement she played music for funerals and weddings upon request. Stella was also a strong supporter and volunteer of Catholic Schools of Fairbanks (HIPOW, Happiness In Paying Our Way). She gave innumerable hours of her time volunteering for the Catholic Schools. Stella remained in Fairbanks until May 2005 when she moved back to Kansas and took up residency at the Gran Villas Assisted Living in Wamego. (Now known as Vintage Park at Wamego). In June of 2012, Stella moved to Homestead Assisted Living in Manhattan. Survivors are three sisters, Lucy "Mae" Thornton, of El Paso, Texas; Elizabeth "Betty" Orlaski, of Sun City, California, and Anita N. (Larry) Marstall, of St. Mary's, Kansas; brother William J. "Bill" (Lorraine) Muckenthaler, of Argonia, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Rose Marie, and Gladys O. Hunter, brothers Vernon C. "Bud", Edwin A. and Paul F. Muckenthaler. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in St. Mary's, Kansas. Interment will take place after the mass. A Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Wednesday before the Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, KS 66536. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 21, 2015
Smith Jr. , Willie Clint  
Willie Clint Smith Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 6, 2015, while surrounded by his family. Willie Smith Jr. was born July 30, 1927, in Koran, Louisiana, to Willie Clint Smith Sr. and Ernestine Minnus. Willie worked for 31 years in the state of California as a cement finisher before arriving in Fairbanks in 1976 by way of the pipeline. Although he retired in 1985 from the Cement Mason local Union, Willie worked with several apprenticeship programs in Fairbanks to pass on knowledge and skills to those who were willing to learn his craft. He believed in "paying it forward," and because of his generosity and willingness to train young men in need of a job, many got their start in the trades under Willie's trained eye.  He often was called the "Cornerstone of Fairbanks." Today, you still can see the quarters he embedded in his work around Fairbanks. Willie was a giving person and always wanted to provide people with an opportunity to work to better themselves. He was an entrepreneur in his own right and owned several businesses around town, including Willie's Discount Towing, his own construction, painting and taping business. Through previous unions, Willie had two daughters, Niecey and Regina, and three sons, Clint, Kelly and Junior. While in Fairbanks, Willie met Lillie B. Smith and they were married April 30, 1985. To this union were born twin daughters Aleta "Alta" and Alma Smith. Willie accepted Christ at a young age and was active in his church community all his life. He was a member of Corinthian Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon before he relocated to Arizona. Up until he passed, you always could catch him watching sermons on the Christian channel. Willie is preceded in death by his father, Willie C. Smith Sr.; his mother, Ernestine Minnus; his sister, Anne Mitchell; his daughter, Niecey Smith; and son Willie C. Smith Jr. Willie is survived by his sisters, Carolyn Henry, of Louisiana, and Willie Mae Smith, of California; brother Billie Ray Smith, of California, daughters Aleta and Alma Smith, of Alaska; Regina Smith, of California; sons Clint Smith, of California, and Kelly Smith, of Alaska; nieces Linda Fletcher, of New York, and Carmen Sudduth, of California; nephews Jodie Daniels, of California; Kevin, Damien and Devin Smith, of California; John and Clifton Mitchell, of California; and Tyronne McConnell, of Lousiana; grandchildren, Aliyah and Arianah Butler, and Amayah McRavin, of Alaska; Dynisha, Kyanna and Devonte Smith, of Idaho; Carl Owens, of California, and four great-grandchildren, Kayree Kennell, of Idaho, and Adrian, Kevin and Dorian Smith, of California.  He also leaves to cherish his memory and legacy a host of extended family and friends. Willie will be greatly missed by many people who respected and loved him. He was an incredible dad, granddad and true friend to all who were lucky enough to know him. He had a big wonderful smile, a big heart and a gentle spirit. "We were all blessed to have had him in our lives," his family said.  A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. May 2 at St. John Baptist Church, 802 17th Avenue. Cards and condolences may be sent to the family at 1203 26th Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 17, 2015
Therriault, Isabelle Susanne  
On April 3, 2015, our beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin, niece and friend, Isabelle Susanne Therriault, died after a lengthy struggle with illness. Her parents, Dwayne Leo Therriault and Wendy Rudolph, along with sisters Sophia, Sarah and Samantha, remember their silly, fun and vivacious "Belle," who loved animals, pranks, travel, baking and dance. Isabelle Therriault was born on Jan. 2, 1996, in Virginia's Fairfax County, the second of four "Wendygirls," as her father affectionately called his brood. Belle spent 10 of her first 14 years in Asian countries in conjunction with her father's Foreign Service assignments and grew to embrace her role as the adorable foreign child whenever she visited local parks. Belle parlayed that affinity for the spotlight into numerous childhood modeling and acting opportunities, including a national Japanese TV ad for a major vehicle company. After returning to the United States in 2010, Belle spent most of her high school years at George C. Marshall, where she was on the dance team and participated in a wide array of other activities, all while volunteering for an animal rescue foundation.  Belle was completing her freshman year at George Mason University, where she enjoyed performing in the color guard while serving as an assistant coach for the McLean High School dance team. Belle spoke Chinese and had recently discovered an affinity for Russian. Belle's bright smile lit up rooms and melted hearts. Belle had a creative spirit and marched to the beat of her own unique drum; she enjoyed establishing her own fashion and artistic trends. A true adventurer, Belle was equally comfortable wearing the latest fashions at Washington-area shows or getting dirty climbing the Great Wall of China. She also acquired a love of nature, which she nurtured during her family's annual trips to visit relatives in Alaska. Belle is survived by her parents and three sisters, grandmother, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, who will all miss the wit and creativity that she displayed throughout her life. A celebration of Isabelle Therriault's life was held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 12, followed by a reception, at the Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street, in Falls Church, Virginia 22046.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Isabelle's name to the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, P.O. Box 50037, Arlington, VA 22205. Information about the foundation can be found online at https://lostdogrescue.org. The volunteer work Belle provided for the foundation was always a source of pleasure and satisfaction. Her family misses her greatly.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 15, 2015
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