Josephine Crumrine-Liddell


Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Former Juneau resident Josephine Crumrine-Liddell, 88, died May 10, 2005, at her home in Anchorage.

She was born to Nina McGee Hanscom Crumrine and Lewis Hanscom on April 16, 1917 in Seattle.

Her mother and she moved in the 1930s to Ketchikan. They traveled throughout Alaska, making their way by selling their paintings. They took a sternwheeler down the Yukon River, traveling from Whitehorse to Marshall and then along the coast of Nome. They traveled farther north to Point Barrow, stopping at villages for a time while her mother painted portraits.

She went to high school at the California School of Fine Arts and to Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. After completing her education, she returned to Alaska. During the 1940s, she worked for the Alaska Steam Ship Co. painting menu covers that continue to be highly collectible.

She is primarily known for painting animal portraits. She painted from a live model. Many of her paintings are in private collections and museums throughout Alaska. She was a great defender of all animals, and she advocated for humane treatment for all animals.

She married Robert Liddell on March 31, 1959 in Fairbanks, and lived in Juneau, Haines and Homer. Following his death on June 2, 1969, she continued her professional art career. She traveled worldwide to South Africa, India, South America and Europe. She spent her later years traveling between Seattle and Homer.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Nina Crumrine, and her husband, Robert Liddell.

She is survived by her stepson, Dennis Liddell of California.

A Celebration of Life will be held May 24, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Her wishes were to return to her home in Homer, so her ashes will be taken there later this summer.

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