Longtime Fairbanks resident Jane Pryor died at home Feb. 4, 2013, surrounded by her family.|
Jane was born in Fairbanks on Oct. 16, 1923, to Richard Crowley Wood and Marion Creamer Wood. Both parents came from longtime Fairbanks families who settled in Fairbanks at the turn of the century.
After graduating from Fairbanks High School in 1942, Jane continued her education at the University of Washington in Seattle. In those days, Jane drove from Fairbanks to Valdez by car and then boarded a steamer, which took seven days to reach Seattle.
Jane met her first husband, John Roy Winther, from Juneau, in 1942 at the University of Washington. They were married in Sitka in 1943. They raised three sons, John, Rick and Dale. The family lived in Juneau from 1943 to 1958, and then moved to Fairbanks where John was employed by the Fairbanks Insurance Company. Jane was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1962 and by her eldest son, John, in October 2012.
Jane married Bill Pryor in 1965. She and Bill loved to dance, play cards and entertain family and friends. Jane also loved sewing crafts and never passed up a jigsaw puzzle. Bill and Jane also enjoyed spending the summers at their cabin at Clear Creek.
Jane is survived by her husband, Bill Pryor; her two sons, Rick (Shirley) and Dale Winther (partner, Debbie); daughter-in-law, Bert Winther; stepchildren, Victoria Cobos, William Pryor (triplets, Luccas, Sophia and Natalie), Mary Pryor; grandson, Wayne (Megan) Winther; granddaughters, Beth (Jeremy) Richards, Theresa Winther, Tammy (Kevin) Waller, Laura (Ryan) Williams and Marion (David) Puchek; along with grandchildren, Max, Jake, Austin, Bailey, Rachel, Katherine, Kyla, Stella, Alex and Wyatt.
Jane is also survived by many relatives who held a special place in her heart, including the Baxter family of Juneau; and Creamer, Hackenmiller and Stroecker families - all of Fairbanks.
A celebration of life will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Alaska Salmon Bake in Pioneer Park, in Fairbanks.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice of Fairbanks, 2001 Gilliam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 21, 2013