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Former Juneau resident Minnie Graham Keating, 89, died May 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She had been hospitalized for three weeks prior to her death and died peacefully in her sleep.
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She was born Dec. 29, 1916, in Glasgow, Scotland, and immigrated to the United States when she was eight years old, settling with her parents and siblings in Juneau, where she graduated from high school in 1935. She moved to Seward in 1940, to Anchorage in 1966 and settled in Soldotna in 1989 to be near her sons and their families. She worked for the Seward Bank, Seward General Hospital, Military Transport Service, the Corps of Engineers, and for Housing and Urban Development, from which she retired in 1985.
After her retirement she took trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Scotland, Tahiti, Australia and other locations. She was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo 9, in Seward.
Family members said, "She loved meeting new people wherever she went. Minnie loved her daily venture to the Soldotna Senior Center where she played pinochle with her friends. She loved going out to lunch and for rides with her good friend Jeanne Zimmerman."
She is survived by her sons Dennis (Rose Ann) of Soldotna, John (Margo) of Sterling; and grandchildren Daniel of Soldotna, Rebecca of Anchorage, Ian (Destiny) of Anchorage, Sean (Destiny) of Anchorage and Marjie (Richard) Wegg of Anchorage.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Soldotna Senior Center at a later date. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.