Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2000

Florence L. Heppler

Longtime Juneau resident Florence L. Heppler died March 2, 2000, in her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Jan. 20, 1925, in Walla Walla, Wash., to Harry and Mable (Bathe) Dobson. She moved to Juneau with her mother and siblings in 1937, after spending several years in Hood River, Ore.

Heppler worked at Juneau Drug and the Alaska Marine Highway until her retirement. She was a member of Pioneers Auxiliary No. 6 and was crowned Pioneer Queen in 1993. She was also a member of the Juneau Emblem Club and a volunteer at the Mountain View Senior Center.

Heppler loved to travel and fish. She made several journeys throughout Alaska and spent many hours on the stern of a boat with a pole in her hands.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Diana Payne of Valdez and her parents.

She is survived by her long-time companion Gene Specht of Juneau, daughter Donna Gifford of Valdez, sister Idabelle Bryson of Juneau, sister Marian Bell of Las Vegas, Nev., brother Lee Nance of Hood River, Ore., brother Russell (Dick) Hopkins of Roseburg, Ore., five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be made in her name to Hospice Home Care, 3200 Hospital Drive, Juneau, Alaska, 99801.

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