Dalpha J. Reid

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2005

Juneau pioneer Dalpha J. Reid, 90, died peacefully on Jan. 12, 2005, at the Juneau Pioneers Home.

She was born on June 13, 1914, in Blaine, Calif. She moved to Juneau in 1935 with her husband, Lloyd, and their two small children. In the 1940s, she and her husband obtained a homestead in the Mendenhall Valley under a large mountain. After clearing land, they built a log cabin, a small barn and a coral.

She and her husband started many businesses in Juneau, and in 1959 began the Thunder Mountain Trailer Park and subdivision.

Some of her hobbies were sewing, crocheting, reading and oil painting. She was an avid fisherwoman and never missed a derby day. Above all, she and her husband were very active in the horse community.

In the early 1960s, she served as the first woman on the City & Borough Assembly. She was a lifetime member of the Pioneers of Alaska.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lloyd; her son, Bud; and two brothers, Archie and Eldon Spence.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Swanson of Juneau; sisters, Leeda Bishop and Velna Reiten of Oregon; grandchildren, Bill (Linda) Swanson of Arizona, Linda (Phil) Stubbs of Kansas, Kathie (Don) Wood of Washington, Shannon (Gene) Shields of Alaska, and Buddy Reid of Kansas. She is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a very dear friend of many years, Idabelle Bryson of Juneau.

Private family services will be held.

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