Kaye Smith Hogan

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Former longtime Juneau resident Kaye Smith Hogan died in the pre-dawn hours of April 15, 2009, in Oro Valley, Ariz. She was 82.

Born May 17, 1926, in Evanston, Ill., she moved with her parents, Malcolm F. and Irmgarde H. Smith, and younger sister, Rita, to New York and later to Greenwich, Conn.

From Santa Fe, N.M., Kaye drove to Vancouver, British Columbia, via the Wickersham, with Jay Hogan who eventually became her second husband. They arrived in Juneau on Christmas Eve 1969.

After five solid months of "rain changing to showers" and her "deferred response" to Jay's proposal in the Foodland parking lot, they scheduled a small wedding for July 1 in the District Courtroom of the Capitol. But the bride balked at the door of the drab fifth-floor courtroom and made it clear to the Judge and others present that she was not going to be married in that room, Jay said.

Lucile Mahoney saved the day, and the marriage by offering an alternate location - the Senate Chamber. Kaye approved, the party relocated to the second floor Chamber, and the ceremony took place just in time to catch our flight to Gustavus and the then small and more comfortable Glacier Bay Lodge.

Kaye worked for the State of Alaska from 1970 until she retired in 1983. She started in the Personnel Office of the Department of Labor and later went with the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. After EEO was moved to Administration, she became the Deputy Director and remained so until retirement.

"No matter where we lived during our 30 years in Juneau, Kaye made vegetables and flowers grow," her husband said. "A small garden beside our West Juneau townhouse produced both."

She avoided clay behind the Foster Avenue home by using raised beds and growing cabbage, lettuce and other greens. But her favorite was the large garden at their Gustavus "summer home" just west of the inn. There she did it all - beets, carrots, lettuce, peas, potatoes, rutabagas, turnips and even a few zucchinis - plus colorful beds of mixed flowers raised behind their Bayview home, were more challenging. But, she again produced fine carrots, greens, peas and squash, her husband said.

When she was not gardening or visiting with friends and relatives, she was reading a book. Travel provided the only way to interrupt her reading. She and her husband traveled to various destinations in France, Egypt and Tunisia and the cities of Athens, Rome, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She shared pictures and stories with friends and relatives from each. She and her husband vacationed for several days in Dutch Harbor, experiencing nothing but good weather and dining on the best of commercial fresh caught seafood, Jay said.

She will be missed and remembered by her family, friends and husband.

"Since late September 1968, she has been my lady," her husband said.

A memorial will be scheduled for sometime this summer at the Hillside Cemetery in Fort Lupton, Colo.

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