Eileen Grace Starr
1944 - 2018
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Eileen Grace Starr, 73, passed away Sept. 20, 2018, at her home in Anchorage of pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be held at 4 p.m. followed by the funeral at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at Anchorage Grace Church, 12407 Pintail. She will also have a Native funeral in Copper Center next week.
She was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Flint, Michigan, and became a Christian at 12. At 13, she felt God was calling her to be a missionary. She loved the outdoors, animals, gardening and sports. After graduating from Davison High School in 1963, she followed her older brother, Richard, to Taylor University in Indiana, with the goal of becoming a medical missionary. She graduated in 1967 with a B.A. in zoology and medical technology.
She desired more Bible training, so she again followed Richard to Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where she earned a master's degree in religious education. Following seminary, Eileen was planning to go to Africa. Instead, she came to Alaska on what was to be a "temporary assignment." She ended up staying for the remaining 47 years of her life. She worked as a medical technologist at Faith Hospital in Glennallen, as well as professor of Christian education at Alaska Bible College.
About this time she was "adopted" into a Native family, and family members became extremely important to her.
In 1981, Eileen founded Alaska Christian Ministries, which conducted events for Sunday school teachers and pastors in Anchorage, Homer, Sitka, Fairbanks and Juneau. She earned a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1989. In 1994, Eileen began annual, monthlong trips to Far East Russia, conducting teacher-training seminars. The last several years she coordinated parenting seminars in the community and in local prisons. She passed away quietly at home, into the arms of God, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Sep. 22, 2018.
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January 8, 2020
Eileen was a very positive and helpful member of our community. She provided an opportunity for parents to meet and have conversations about Positive Parenting and how to manage themselves. We miss her and all the support she had provided. We would enjoy another opportunity to the do the same again in the future.

John Kito Tyson Elementary School
Anchorage Alaska
John Kito
January 8, 2020
Eileen worked dwith Ms. Black and provided an opportunity for parents in our Tyson Community to reflect on how to parent and involve themselves in part on how to be confident in parenting. We shall miss her warm demeanor and hopefully someone will take her staff and help us along the way to provide positive parenting to our community members.
John Kito
December 5, 2018
Eileen was a good friend of mine in high school. Actually, she taught me how to pitch a softball so I could take over for here when she graduated. Great memories. She was dedicated to God e en then.
November 9, 2018
So sorry for your loss. May the family find strength from Almighty God during this time.
September 26, 2018
I must say that I am truly sorry for the Loss of our sister Eileen Start she was a piler in the community providing classes to parents who needed help with their children
Manya Wilson
September 25, 2018
I praise God for the life of Eileen Starr. She was such an example and model for me while I was a student at TEDS and subsequently as we worked together in our professional organization NAPCE. God's human kingdom misses her; the eternal Kingdom rejoices.
Scottie May
September 25, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Starr Family in the loss of your loved one and a life well-lived. Please find comfort in knowing God is close to the brokenhearted. May the God of all comfort give you peace and strength to endure in the days ahead (Jeremiah 29:11).
September 24, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss at this difficult time. May you find a measure of comfort at Matthew 5:4 in the days ahead.
September 23, 2018
I'm so sorry to read this -- I worked with Eileen while I was at Food Bank of Alaska on our large holiday food distributions. Eileen was truly a force of nature and an amazing organizer. She was very kind to me during my time at FBA and was always gracious with guidance and help whenever asked. My deepest condolences to your family!
Jim MacKenzie
September 23, 2018
My heart goes out to the family of Eileen. may your hearts be filled with Joy knowing you will see her again, and that she lived the life that God had called her to.
anita Williams
September 23, 2018
Thank you for your love and instructions on how to be better parents. A true legacy in the Spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jesse and Shelia Thacker
September 22, 2018
What a worker for the Lord. We have appreciated her ministry since we first met her in the 80s. May the Lord comfort her many friends and family. We will have a memorial service for her at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center at 12:30pm on Tuesday the 25th.
Franklin & Bonnie Blodgett
September 22, 2018
My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Eileen Starr. Continue to remember the love and happy times .
September 21, 2018
Sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Eileen. I met Eileen back in 1998 when I moved to Alaska and kept in touch through the time I was in Alaska. I will always remember her sense of humor. Rest in Peace my friend!
Abi C
September 21, 2018
I am truly and deeply sorry for your Loss. My warmest condolences go out to the family and friends of Eileen. May the God of all comport Grant you peace and strength during difficult time (Psalm 91:11).
September 21, 2018
Heaven gained a true angel. I know that she has many jewels in her crown. What a legacy she left behind! I loved hearing her stories as a kid and then appreciated her ministry so much as an adult. I was so thankful to her for serving as a tour guide to my dad, Duane Starr, and my grandma, Helen Starr, when she helped us surprise them with a trip to Alaska from Indiana. This had been one of my grandma's dreams to visit Eileen. Eileen made it so special for them. She had the kindest heart. Words can't express my sorrow for the family. Be comforted in knowing that she is not suffering any longer and is in the arms of Jesus forevermore. Love and prayers to you all!
Shawndra Nicodemus (Starr)
September 21, 2018
Expressing sympathy to the family. May you find comfort through prayer in the lost of your loved one, God is a hearer of prayer.Psalm 138:6.
September 20, 2018
Great memories of Eileen in early 80s and copper center ministry
Twyla Vander weerdt
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