Lifelong Juneau resident Debra A. Kendler Baxter, 55, died April 18, 2006, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with breast cancer.
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She was born on Jan. 21, 1951, in Juneau. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1969 and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Throughout her career, she worked at the Department of Highways, Alaska Airlines and Alaska Legislature.
According to her family, she enjoyed hobbies such as gardening and making homemade cards and pictures, and she "loved campfires and rainy days."
Family members said she loved to travel, including on recent trips with her husband in their fifth-wheel trailer. "Her favorite times were spent with her family and especially with her grandson."
She is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 35 years, Ron Baxter of Juneau; sons, Scott and Corey (Christa) both of Juneau; grandson, Brayden of Juneau; parents, Betty Bonnett (Ralph) Hunt of Juneau and Joe (Bev) Kendler of Arizona; sister, Sandy (Scott) Spickler of Juneau; and a large extended family.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in her name be made to Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK, 99801.