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Lifelong Alaskan Elsie F. Pegues, 79, died Jan. 4, 2003, at the Sitka Pioneers' Home, where she had resided since 1998.
Pegues was born in Juneau on Oct. 23, 1923, to Otto and Flora Schombel. Her father operated Juneau's first commercial radio station, KFIU, and the family were early homesteaders in the Mendenhall Valley. She attended grade school in Juneau and Haines and high school in Haines. In Juneau, she was employed by the Juneau and Douglas Telephone Co., and worked for Dorothy Pegues at the Alaska Sunday Press. She also worked at the Juneau headquarters of the Alaska Road Commission.
She married Don Pegues on March 2, 1949, in Juneau. She was an active member of Emblem Club in Juneau, Ketchikan and Haines and the Alaska Visitors Association. Her family said her husband's job with Pan American World Airways introduced her to travel, and she was an active member of local tourism groups wherever his assignments took them. She was especially proud of her long membership in the Alaska Native Sisterhood and of her many friends in the Native community, her family said. She served several terms as president of Tenakee Springs Camp 76 of the ANS.
She was a life member of Juneau Igloo 6 and Pioneers of Alaska Auxiliary. She made her Alaska homes in Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan, Fairbanks and Tenakee Springs, and her family said she leaves many friends throughout the state. She enjoyed gardening, reading and travel.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Lois Schnable of Haines. She is survived by her husband, Don, daughter Barbara, granddaughter Taimane and brother-in-law Bob Pegues, all of Tenakee Springs; daughter Diana and granddaughter Nicole of Vida, Ore.; daughter Margaret of Fairbanks; granddaughter Stephani and great-grandson Jacob of Seattle, Wash.; brother Hank Schombel of Cooktown, Australia; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Rod and Donna Pegues, Dick and Jo Pegues and June Pegues, all of Juneau; and Jim Pegues of Glendale, Calif. She had numerous nieces and nephews throughout Alaska and the country.
She also is survived by sons from a previous marriage, Michael and Clarence Valencia of Oakland, Calif.
At her request, no services are planned. A celebration of life will be held in Tenakee Springs at a later date. Donations may be made in her memory to the Sitka Pioneers' Home Site Council or to a charity of choice.