Former Juneau resident Carlotta Marucia Francisco died Dec. 28, 2008, in Mount Vernon, Wash. She was 74.
Daughter to Nicholas Kupoff and Emaline Torgerson and stepdaughter to Charles Patton, she was born on Oct. 23, 1934, in Juneau. She grew up in Fairbanks and graduated from Fairbanks High School. In September 1960, she moved to Palmdale, Calif., where she worked as a newspaper distributor for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and was manager of B-Dalton bookstores.
She moved to Seattle in 1988 and then moved to the Methow Valley in October 1990. She was an alfalfa farmer during the 14 years she lived there, in addition to working as an information receptionist for the U.S. Forest Service. She moved to Mount Vernon in July 1994 and transferred to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie District Office of the Forest Service.
She enjoyed reading, anything to do with the Iditarod, listening to music, playing the piano, going to the theater, watching television, going to the movies, gardening, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, traveling and visiting with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Nick Francisco, of Littleton, Colo., Julie Bodeau, of Spokane, Wash., April Sudol, of Henderson, Nev., and Rebecca Francisco, of Deming, Wash.; cousins, Joan Melcher, Virginia Dayrel and Diane Peters; and 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 3 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Wash.