Posted: Friday, January 07, 2000

Willis B. Avery

Douglas resident Willis B. Avery, 90, died Jan. 5, 2000, at his home in Douglas. His daughter Maureen was at his side.

He was born Aug. 16, 1909, in North Dakota and raised in Whitefish, Mont. He was an accomplished athlete in high school and graduated from the University of Montana in 1937.

While at the university a co-ed named Dorothy Martin dropped a tray of silverware in front of him - and they married in 1936. Wink and Dottie, as they were known, came to Alaska in 1943 with two young daughters and 24 other couples, working as flight control operators guiding pilots between the United States and Siberia, a program of the Civil Aviation Agency.

They lived at Lake Minchumina, moving to Juneau in 1946 so their daughters could attend school, then to Illiamna where Avery served as station chief. They later moved to Anchorage. Avery retired from the FAA after serving as station chief in Northway and Gulkana. Dorothy died in 1979 and he moved to Juneau in 1983 to be near family.

He served as president of the Red Cross in Anchorage and as coordinator of emergency services during many natural disasters, including floods in Nome and Fairbanks and the 1964 earthquake in Anchorage. He fought for education on many fronts and was president of the Anchorage school board.

His family celebrated his 90th birthday in August with four generations in attendance. His family wrote that he was thoroughly Irish and could charm the birds from the trees and drive an angel to distraction. He loved to travel and to listen to his daughters make music.

He is survived by his daughters Maureen (and Larry) Weeks of Juneau, Skye Atman of California, Ruth (and Rob) Roy of Washington and Rosemary (and Frank) Pinto of Georgia; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held 4 p.m. Sunday at Douglas United Methodist Church. The family requests no flowers, and donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Elizabeth M. (Goodman) Dozier

Former Juneau resident Elizabeth M. (Goodman) Dozier died Dec. 19, 1999, at her home in Bellingham, Wash.

She was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Seattle, to Isobel and August Goodman of Juneau. The family returned to Alaska in 1920 and she spent her early childhood on the family's fox farm near Point Couverden. They moved into Juneau when she was school age and she attended St. Ann's Parochial School, graduating in 1937. She attended business school in Seattle and then returned to Juneau.

She met and married Jerry Nottingham in 1942 and raised a family in Juneau. She worked for the Alaska Road Commission in the 1950s. She moved to Bellingham in 1960, and returned to Alaska in 1967 and served as an administrator with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Fairbanks until her retirement in 1981. She moved to Oregon, then back to Bellingham in 1989, where she resided until her death.

She is survived by her son Bill Nottingham of Juneau, daughters Evelyn Kimbrough of Bellingham, Wash., Patricia Campbell of Fairbanks, and Bonnie Griffin of Ridgefield, Wash., six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Services were held in Bellingham, and she was interred beside her parents.

The family can be contacted in care of Bill Nottingham, P.O. Box 32724, Juneau, 99803-2724.

Anita Mary Williams

Juneau resident Anita Mary Williams died Jan. 2, 1999, in Seattle.

She was born Dec. 29, 1954, at Mount Edgecumbe to Emily Williams and Fr. Michael Williams. She grew up in Hoonah, and graduated from Chemawa Indian School in Chemawa, Ore. She also lived in Juneau and Seattle.

Survivors include her children Janet Graves of Anchorage, Leslie Williams of Fairbanks, and Mary, Jessie and Joshua Williams of Juneau, grandchildren Harris and Zechuria Graves and Christian Williams, and numerous brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A memorial dinner for family and friends will be held at 5 p.m. tonight at 8270 Garnet Street. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alaska Mortuary on Riverside Drive.

Contributions may be made to Emily Williams, 8266 Garnet St., Juneau, 789-4721; or Sue Ann Lindoff, 431 Seward St., Juneau, 463-4839.

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