Juneau resident Evelyn Ada Sanford died July 2, 2007, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 87.
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She was born April 7, 1920, in Seattle. In her younger years, she worked as a waitress at Percy's Cafe, and it was one of her joys in life in the early years. She worked for the state in the personnel department where her greatest accomplishments were the numerous first-time jobs she was directly responsible finding for many Juneau people whom she loved dearly.
She was a lifelong pioneer of Juneau. She came to Juneau in 1920 with her adopted parents Charles E. McCormick and Mary Philomene Mallon McCormick. They loved Juneau, snuggled next to the mountains, and they lived their lives as Juneau pioneers on the top of Basin Road, watching the miners come and go to the Alaska-Juneau gold mine, family members said.
She married Arthur Merrill Sanford in November 1942. After her husband returned from World War II, they made their home in Juneau. There she raised her children, who also had children.
According to family members, she was a member of several of the local tribes of Southeast and loved all the peoples of the town, which held a special feeling of pride and compassion for all.
She was preceded in death by her husband Art Sanford, son Howard Hayes and grandson Blake Sanford.
She is survived by her daughters, Loretta Dawn Cuellar and her husband, Ben, and Mary Ann Sanford; sons, Chuck E. Sanford, Merrill A. Sanford and his wife, Patty, and Ralph A. Sanford and his wife, Linda; 25 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and many numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 6, Cathedral of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 416 Fifth St. A reception will immediately follow at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.
Donations can be made in her name at Hospice Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK, 99801, or Juneau Pioneers Home, Donated Funds Accounts, 4675 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK, 99801.