Longtime Juneau resident Eileen Thelma Milnes died April 30 in her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was 76.
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She was born in Colorado on Aug. 31, 1931 and moved to Petersburg, Alaska around 1960. Prior to living and working in Juneau she worked in various department stores. Soon after moving to Alaska, she found her way to Juneau, where she spent the rest of her life, and on Nov. 23, 1977, she married Don Milnes.
She is remembered as a Juneau icon for her work with her husband at the Imperial Cafe on Front Street from 1965 to 1995.
She is survived by her husband, Don Milnes; children, Joann Kerney, Lisa Cole, and Kurt Milnes; grandchildren, Clinton Kerney, Michelle Isturis, Elisa Evenson, Brad Bethel, Ashley Bethel, Nicholas Vonda, Jessica Milnes, and Carly Hulse; and great-grandchild, Kai Crocker, and his father, Keith Crocker.
Her family says, "She will be remembered and loved by many in our community for her caring and compassionate way."
A viewing will be held on May 11, at 2 p.m., in the Salvation Army Church. A memorial service will follow the viewing in the same location at 3 p.m. The burial will be held at Alaska Memorial Park on May 29 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be sent to either The Salvation Army of Juneau at 538 W. Willoughby Ave., or Hospice of Juneau at 419 6th St.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Hospice of Juneau and the staff of Bartlett Regional Hospital.