Albina Elizabeth Weber - Greig
December 10, 1931 to January 6 2021
Albina "Beanie" Elizabeth Weber-Greig was born south of Dickinson North Dakota on December 10th 1931, to Joseph and Johanna Weber and would become the third eldest of eight siblings. Beanie grew up on a farm which paved the way for her strong work ethic.
In the 60's Beanie would venture to Seattle then onto California and finally land in Fairbanks AK to be with the love of her life and husband John Bruce Greig. Later they would give birth to daughters Pamela Ann Greig-Pike and Sherri Lynn Greig-Simms. Beanie and John owned a popular dinner house south of Fairbanks known as Club 11. Many military, pipeline workers and locals would stop in for their famous prime rib and steak dinners and return for the great hospitality. Though the Club is gone, the Club's memories & legacy live on. Beanie's early stories were numerous, from Superbowls to Hawaiian vacations, racehorses to race cars; her life was never dull.
After her husband passed Beanie moved to Arizona to be close to her daughter Pamela and grandchildren, Branigan M. Pike-Royer & John W. Pike. Beanie absolutely adored and spoiled her grandkids and was a staple in their upbringing. She would teach them that breakfast for dinner was always a good idea and that laundry was done a particular way.
Beanie had many hobbies, from painting ceramics to beading and puzzles, she was very crafty. Many days you could find her outside tending to her garden and enjoying all the hummingbirds. Around the holiday's you would always find Beanie and her family baking and decorating her famous molasses cookies in the kitchen. Beanie was an avid sports fan especially for football and the AZ Diamondbacks. She regularly attended games with her sister Bernadette. She loved hosting and playing cards, but more than anything she loved spending quality time with her family. Her dogs were a big part of the family also and she would always make sure to slide them something special under the dinner table.
Beanie was preceded in death by her husband John and daughter Pamela. She is survived by her sister Bernadette, brother and sister-in-law Urban & wife Darlene, daughter and son-in-law Sherri & Scott, son in law Michael, Grandchildren John, Branigan & husband Troy, great granddaughter Olivia and numerous niece's and nephew's. As a Catholic Beanie showed her love for Christ in all she did. She will be remembered as a one of a kind, loving, old school woman with many unforgettable sayings. As Beanie would say, "First your money, then your clothes, then God only knows!"
Beanie will return to Alaska to be laid to rest with her beloved husband at Birch Hill Cemetery.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 18 to Feb. 23, 2021.