Mary Eva Anderson Dilbeck, 62, left this life, peacefully and unexpectedly, on Dec. 30, 2012.
She was the first-born child of Hannah and James "Andy" Anderson, born on Dec. 29, 1950.
She was raised at the foot of the Brooks Range in Bettles Field/Evansville, where her parents operated the Bettles Lodge and her father was a Bush pilot. She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Bettles, and then a private Episcopalian girls school in Lakewood, Wash. Homesick, she finished high school at Lathrop, graduating in 1968.
Mary embodied the free and loving spirit of the 1960s. She was never afraid of new adventures and she traveled the United States as a young adult. She finally alighted in Nevada and married Richard Dilbeck. To this union, a daughter, Kelly, was born.
After an amicable parting with Rich, Mary and Kelly moved to Evansville to be with family. Those were some of the most wonderful years for Mary, who enjoyed the peace of village life on the banks of the Koyukuk River. She loved boating and cookouts around the fire in the summer just as much as the cold quiet of winter.
Mary then decided to further her education, and attended dental hygienist school in Reno, Nev. After receiving her certification as a dental hygienist, she moved back to Fairbanks. She was known for soothing many an anxious patient with her kindness and gentle touch.
While in Fairbanks she and her partner, Eddie Hebert, welcomed a second daughter, Lacy.
Later Mary began working for the Evansville Tribe and then Evansville Inc. as an office manager. She also worked for Bettles Air, helping her friends with their operations.
Mary will be remembered for her good nature and cheerful smiles. She was always the first one to quietly lend a hand, without being asked. She loved to help others. She was a proud tribal member of Evansville and shareholder of Doyon, Limited and Evansville Inc.
Family members who passed on before her, and now surround her, include her beloved younger brother, Philip Anderson; younger sister, Patricia Ann Anderson; grandparents, David and Eva Tobuk, and Fred and Mary Ann Anderson; father, James Anderson; and aunts and uncles, Rhoda and John Musser, Dora and Frank Tobuk, Helen and Mac McConnell, and Roy Nuckolls.
Mary leaves behind, to cherish her memory, her mother, Hannah Anderson; brother, David Anderson; daughters, Kelly Dilbeck and Lacy Anderson; grandson, Daevin Dilbeck; nephews, Casey Anderson and David Wayne Anderson; aunt, Rosie Nuckolls; and many other cousins and friends who hold dear the time they shared with her. She also leaves behind her best friend of many years and many escapades, Peggy Sue Krigsvold.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. A potluck will immediately follow at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. Please bring a dish and memory to share.
Condolences may be sent to Hannah Anderson, c/o P.O. Box 28, Bettles Field, AK 99726.
Arrangements were graciously handled by Chapel of Chimes.