Longtime Juneau resident Veronica Maybelle (Horton) Withrow died Feb. 21, 2008, surrounded by loved ones at her son's home in Juneau after a brief battle with cancer. She was 66.
Born Jan. 30, 1942, in Seattle, she arrived in Juneau aboard the Princess Louise with her family in May 1946.
The family settled in Auke Bay. She attended St. Ann's Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1960.
She worked for the family's business, Horton's Hardware, as well as Squires Rest in Auke Bay, the state of Alaska Print Shop, the Juneau Racquetball Club and Costco.
Family said she is remembered by many as "the Costco lady." For the past 10 years, she handed out snacks at the demonstration booths inside Costco. Her job was her livelihood, her family said, and every day she looked forward to the familiar and new faces she would see. She always greeted customers with a big, cheery smile that was contagious, they said.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David A. Horton Sr. and Maybelle B. Horton; sisters, Adrienne Horton and Marsha Ramsey; and former husband, Al Withrow.
She is survived by her children, Alfin Withrow and his wife, Dianan, of Albert Lea, Minn., Alfred Withrow, of Fairbanks, and Aldrick Withrow and his wife, Alison, of Juneau; brothers, Deacon Gary Horton and his wife, Mary, of Juneau, and David Horton Jr., and his wife, Karen, of Kenai; sister, Jacqueline Crane, of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Patti, Kevin, James, Aldrick Jr., and Alexander Withrow, Cassandra Hill and Rashel Herbert; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Juneau Church of the Nazarene.