Longtime Juneau resident Maxine McCoy, 86, died Jan. 1, 2005, at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, where she had been undergoing treatment for a brief illness. She was born on Dec. 4, 1918, in Cooper, Texas.
She and her husband, Bernarr McCoy, moved to Juneau in the early 1950s after transferring with the U.S. Coast Guard from Ketchikan. She was employed in the office of the U.S. Coast Guard and then the Veterans Administration until she retired.
She was an active member of many Juneau organizations, including Perseverance Theater, Rebeka Lodge of the IOOF, Business and Professional Women, American Association of Retired Persons, National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees. She was a board member of the Gastineau Senior Center Advisory Board for many years and she volunteered at the Senior Information Office at the Juneau Senior Center. She also volunteered at the Glory Hole.
She assisted in registering seniors for the senior tax exempt cards and inoculations during the flu season. Her family and friends say, "She enjoyed dancing and singing and just making people smile and laugh." She was a member of the Hoochinoo and Hotcakes and participated in plays and musicals.
She was most active as a member for the last eight years of the local Juneau Joeys Clowns. She was known as "Glee."
She is survived by her sons, Barry McCoy and Rodney McCoy of Oregon; her three nieces, Toni Meadows, Patti Pecora and Ronni Squicciarini.
Her family and friends say, "She was known for many things, and will be dearly missed."
Her wish was to be cremated and interred at the Alaskan Memorial Park. There will be a memorial service potluck at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Juneau Senior Center.
Memorials may be made in the name of Maxine McCoy to a charity of your choice.