Lou Rae Patricia Brewer Britton, 77, of North Pole, died Jan. 22, 2013, at home with her husband and daughter at her side after a courageous battle with renal failure.
Services are being held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at North Pole Missionary Chapel, 2485 Dawson Road, with Pastor Dwayne Newton officiating.
Rae was born in Seattle, on June 14, 1935, to the late Donald and Lisette Brewer. Lou Rae married the love of her life, Howard E. Britton, in Seattle in 1951. Rae was a domestic engineer and anchor of the family.
She arrived in Alaska in 1951, residing in Fairbanks and then making her home in North Pole.
Rae was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Auxiliary Post No. 10029, a life member of Pioneers of Alaska Igloo No. 8, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 30, and Women of the Moose
. She was the honorary grandma at youth football games, youth hockey, youth wrestling and youth baseball.
Her family states, "Miss Rae, Grandma Rae or Oma is now at peace but will be missed by all. Rae was always seen carrying a knitting, crocheting or tatting project that she most likely was making to give to someone else. Even when she was physically challenged she would try to attend any youth sporting events involving her great-grandchildren.
"An avid hockey, NASCAR and Seahawks fan, she could recite you their stats. A life's biggest moment for her was when the Stanley Cup was brought to Fairbanks and she was able to touch it.
"She was an amazing wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma and friend who made a positive impact in the many lives that she touched."
Rae is survived by her husband of 61 years, Howard E. Britton; daughters, Jody (Robert) Fisher, Cory (Christopher) Splees, Karey (Ralph) Gaston; grandchildren, Curtis Scott Ginn, Dawn (Scott) Vinton, Aurora (Mike) Reyor, Nick (Tiffiny) Fisher, Shane (Andrea) Fisher, Tanya (Aaron) Johnston, Angela (Jesse) Chandler, Emma (Tommy) Collins; and 11 of the most precious great-grandchildren, as well as honorary family, Sandy, Cassie and Jon Tyler Berry, along with all her other many adopted families.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by infant son, Alan; daughter, Terry Britton Ginn; sister, Ruth Dittman; paternal grandparents and maternal grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 10029, 3159 VFW Street, North Pole, Alaska 99705 or North Pole Missionary Chapel, 2485 Dawson Road, North Pole, Alaska 99705.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.