Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

Kris Anne Parsons-Rigby

Former Juneau resident Kris Anne Parsons-Rigby died May 12, 2001.

She was born on Oct. 10, 1964, in Yakima, Wash. She left Yakima in 1965 with her mother and brother for Alaska. She returned to Yakima and finished school there, graduating from East Valley High School. She found her great love of country in Juneau, where she resided for some time. She worked for the Department of Health and Social Services while in Juneau. She returned to Yakima in 1997, and worked for the state of Washington.

In 1991 it was detected that a tumor had formed in her leg. Her friends organized a spaghetti feed to raise funds for Kris to go to the University of Washington Cancer Center for treatment. From that time on she had the reoccurrence of the osteosarcoma that eventually claimed her life.

She is survived by her husband Roger; her step-children Matt, Shanteal and Shaniesha; her parents Sharron (Earl) Weatherman and Bill (Polly) Parsons; brothers Ken (Saimi) and Joe Parsons; her nephews and nieces Emerson, Derek, George, Jeff, Rikki, and Emily; her sister Connie Rummel; her step-brother and sister Brent Weatherman and Krista McGlashan; her grandparents Emerson and Margaret Ransier and Mattie Allen; and her special family members Perk Allred and Terri King.

Memorial services were held on May 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Memorial Hospice played an extremely important part in her life. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Yakima Memorial Hospice, the Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

Robert Allyn Nelson

Juneau resident Robert Allyn Nelson died May 17, 2001, in Seattle, Wash.

He was born June 13, 1941, in Kenmare, N.D. He was educated in the Kenmare area and worked with his father for a time doing carpentry work. In 1960 he moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he worked until moving to Juneau in 1964. He worked for the Alaska Marine Highway until retiring in December 1999. He lived in Juneau until his death.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Kenmare and the Eagles Aerie at Juneau.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence W. and Margrethe Nelson.

He is survived by his sisters Romell Lawson of Tioga, N.D., and Sharon Solomonson of Parshall N.D., and their husbands Kenneth and Dean; his nieces Shara of Fargo, N.D., and Kirsten and Jennifer Solomonson of Parshall, N.D.; and his nephew Geoffrey Solomonson of Parshall, N.D.

The funeral was May 24 in Trinity Lutheran Church in Kenmare. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

A gathering of friends will be held at the Lucky Lady at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17.

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