Beatrice Amelia Buchanan

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010

Longtime Juneau resident Beatrice Amelia Buchanan died peacefully on Jan. 19, 2010, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, where she lived for the last 15 years. She was 99, five months short of being 100.

She was born June 7, 1910, in Seattle, Wash. She married her childhood sweetheart, Everett Buchanan, on May 16, 1932. The couple honeymooned on the Admiral Rogers bound for Haines in 1934. About two years later, they moved to Saginaw Bay and ran a fox and mink farm. With the outbreak of World War II, they moved to Sitka. In 1943, they moved to Juneau, where they fished commercially aboard the I Am Alone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Buchanan, on Feb. 8, 1995; and grandson, Timmy.

She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Stephens and husband, Loren, of Juneau, and Maryann Johnson and husband, Dan, of Washington; son, Jim Buchanan and wife, JoAnn, of Anchorage; grandchildren, Kathy Graham, of Palm Springs, Keith Stephens and wife, Debbie, of Juneau, Kenny Stephens, of Juneau, Kelly Stephens, of Hemet, Calif., Kristan and Tara Stephens, of Juneau, Keri and Stacy Stephens, of Seattle, Debbie and Jerry Austin, Jeff Buchanan, of Oregon, Tonya Swafford, of Anchorage, Rhonda Gibbens, of Vancouver, Wash., Brent and Joanne Ward, of Vancouver, and Lisa Johnson, of Washington; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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