Longtime Alaskan Jeanne Doyas passed away May 25, 2013, at 93. As a child in Seattle, Jeanne would watch barges headed for Alaska on the canal behind her house and dreamed of going there. In 1947, she came to Alaska for a honeymoon with her husband, Johnny King, and they settled in Fairbanks where she remained for 66 years.
Jeanne came to Fairbanks with a business degree, first working for the Road Commission and then retiring with the Veterans Administration. She was a hardy soul, walking to work no matter the weather.
She was talented at drawing, arranging flowers, decorating and sewing for her family, home and church. Always a smart dresser, Jean was "dressed to the nines" till the day she died.
Jeanne is survived by her two daughters, Nancy King, of Delta, and Nola Boea', of Florida; her sister, Margie Malinowski, of Edmonds, Wash.; and Margie's daughters, Ginny, of Kent, Wash., and Vickie, of Soldotna; her grandchildren, Svarn and Nils Theisen, live in Delta, and grandaughter, Linnea King, and her daughter, Tianna, Jeanne's precious great-grandchild, both live in Florida.
In high school, Jean had a passion for fashion and yearned to be a fashion designer. She loved to draw and sew, and in 1939 at age 19, she attended summer art school. There she produced many wonderful drawings her family calls "Deco Dames." At 90, Jeanne had her first art show where she resided at the Pioneers' Home, and at 92, another showing at Chartreuse, a retro clothing shop, and now, during the months of August and September, Jeanne's, art can be seen during First Friday at the Artisans Courtyard off College Road next to Toy Quest. The next First Friday is Aug. 2, so dress up and check it out.
Jeanne traveled extensively to Europe and Hawaii, and was fond of San Francisco and Seattle. She loved parties and flowers, dressing stylish with shoes and hats, loved anything nautical and she loved Jesus. She liked to save humorous stories, dress in costume and she liked fun events.
As a tribute to Jean we have scheduled a celebration of life that will be reverent, humorous and fun. It will take place at 2 p.m. Monday Aug. 5, 2013, at the Pioneers' Home on Eagan Street in Fairbanks. Get out those shoes and hat and join us.