Alaska pioneer Lorraine Province left this earth to go on her last great adventure. On April 19, 2014, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer, and with her family by her side, the Lord called a precious soul home. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
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She was born on April 3, 1931 to the late Edward Russell and Anna Mae Glover. She was born in Fresno, Calif. and raised in the Sebastopol and Petaluma, Calif. area. She graduated from high school ahead of her class and went on to college to earn an accounting degree.
Lorraine first fell in love with Alaska when she arrived in 1951 as a young woman working as a civilian employee on Eielson AFB. She returned stateside in 1953, and then came back to Alaska in 1959 with her husband and children. She resided in Alaska for 57 years.
Her life was very diverse. She could be digging in the dirt in the morning, and that afternoon she was getting her hair done and dressing to the "nines" so that she could attend a formal function at the university with her husband, Ed. She was a true Alaskan woman; she was very hard working, and everything she did was done to perfection.
She had a special love for nature and the outdoors. She loved Alaska for its natural beauty and the independent spirit of the people here. She was an avid outdoors woman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, camping, berry picking, and snow-machining. Anytime spent outdoors was her happy time. She was a woman of honor and integrity. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. teaching them the art of fishing at her favorite spots on the Chatanika River and Tangle Lakes. Many summers were spent with her kids and grandkids, traveling around the state to Valdez, Homer or whereever the road would lead.
Lorraine worked at the Tanana Valley Clinic in the 1960s. In the winter of 1969, she opened her own accounting firm, "Province's Business Service." Some years later, she went to work for Bill and Vivian Bubbel at the Pump House as the Bookkeeper. After retiring from the Pump House, she and her husband would travel to the south to attend Bluegrass Festivals.
Music was a passion for her; she loved many genres of music from rock n' roll to classical to Bluegrass. She was a supporter of the Arts; she loved attending plays, musicals, symphonies and orchestras with her friends. She volunteered at Santa's Clearing House - often taking her great-granddaughter, Ashley, with her - Ice Alaska and other non-profit entities when she wasn't traveling or attending classes at the university. She belonged to many local organizations, was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Ladies Oriental Shrine, Eastern Star, Elks Club, Red Hat Society and many more.
She was well traveled, visiting the European continent, Mexico, Panama and the Caribbean. She had just returned from a month vacation to the seaside community of Depot Bay, Ore. with a good friend. She had many travels with her son, Tracy, camping and fishing throughout the state and Canada. She had a true connection to the natural and wild places of Alaska. One summer, she decided she was going to drive the Dalton Hwy., so she loaded up her truck, hopped in and drove to Prudhoe Bay, fishing and camping along the way.
She loved entertaining, whether it was summer barbeques, Christmas parties for friends and family, or luncheons for her friends, which she catered entirely by herself. She was an amazing cook.
She was also an avid reader, whenever she had a spare minute, she was reading. She read novels, editorials, anything she thought would be educational or keep her mind busy. She enjoyed working the crossword puzzles in the daily newspaper. She enjoyed taking classes at the university and was devoted to learning everything she could. She was very knowledgeable, and because of her determination to learn everything she could, she was able to share her knowledge with her children and grandchildren.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Anna Mae Glover; husband, Edward Province; son, Tracy Steele, and great granddaughter, Ashley Hecox.
She is survived by her brother, William Glover, of Wash.; daughters, Kay (Elkins) Bullock, of Wasilla; Cherrie Forness (Terry), of Nenana; granddaughters, Loi Morin (Jeremy), of Fort Wainwright; Tanya Steele (Damon Tabor), of Wasilla; Kristi Elkins, of Anchorage; Jennifer Miller (Joe), of Gladstone, N.D.; great-grandchildren, J.R. Morin, Zack Morin, Dustin Morin, Austin Morin, Colton Morin and Faithlyn Morin; Alyssa Cox, Audrey Cox, Brayden Tabor and Jace Tabor; Jazmaine De Heus and Cadron De Heus; Caylee Miller, Cody Miller and Cassie Miller; great-great granddaughter, Lexi Hecox-Forness; many nieces and nephews; and the people she considered family and that were very close to her heart, Charlie and Kyle Hegdal and good friend, Gene West; also, her very close friends, Judy Martsolf, Louise Grys, Doreen Merit and Lorena Hegdal.
The family would like to thank Dr. Andrew Cox, Dr. Victor Bartling, the nurses, hospital staff and the Hospice Team who were very kind, helpful and caring.
A celebration of Lorraine's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday July 19 at 490 Chatanika Drive, in Fairbanks. Please come and share your memories and stories. If you need directions, please contact Cherrie Forness at 907-388-8656.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to make a contribution to a
, in honor of Lorraine Province, or to a charity that was one of Lorraine's passions: Santa's Clearing House, the Food Bank or FMH Hospice.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 15, 2014
Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home
415 Illinois St. Fairbanks, AK 99701