Former Juneau resident B. Sue Roth, 68, died Jan. 20 in Phoenix, following a brief illness.
She was born to Herbert and Lydia Roth in Chicago. She grew up in Globe, Ariz., and attended both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, where she received her master's degree in science.
Prior to moving to Alaska, she taught in the Phoenix Union High School District. Upon arriving to Alaska in the 1980s, she obtained employment with the state as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. She was an advocate for people with disabilities. She was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award.
Most recently, she owned and operated her own business, Rehab Plus, where she worked as a private vocational rehabilitation counselor. She also worked with the Alaska Commission on Aging.
Friends and family say that she "was a free spirit who lived in a unique league of her own. She was an individual who was always full of life, fun, energy and compassion, who never hesitated to advocate on behalf of others."
She is survived by her son, John, and granddaughter, Brooke Malpede, of San Diego.
Friends are invited to a celebration of her life at 5 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar, her favorite bar.