Obituaries

Posted: Monday, July 10, 2000

Ruth I. Allington

Longtime Juneau resident Ruth I. Allington died July 9, 2000, after a battle with liver disease.

She was born Dec. 2, 1932, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

She graduated with honors from Santa Barbara High School and attended Santa Barbara City College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Ventura College and the University of Alaska Southeast.

She married in 1967 and moved to Juneau two years later.

Most recently, she was a volunteer chaplain at Bartlett Regional Hospital and a member of the board of directors for United Way Southeast. She was active in the Northern Light United Church as a Stephen minister and care-giving deacon. Previously, she had been a member of the organizing committee when the Juneau United Methodist Church and the Northern Light United Presbyterian Church united to form the Northern Light United Church. She served as one of the first moderators of that united church.

Her secular work included being secretary to Judge Robert Boochever of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, state Sen. Bettye Fahrenkamp, State Rep. Sally Smith and State Rep. Nels Anderson. She also worked for the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Don Abel Building Supply and the Juneau Empire as circulation manager. Her early work included substitute teaching in California and being a teacher's aide at Capital School in Juneau.

She was a longtime violinist affiliated with the Juneau Symphony and played in the orchestra for many Juneau-Douglas High School and Juneau Douglas Little Theatre performances. She sang in community and church choruses. She also actively participated in the old tourist attraction ``Hootchinoo and Hotcakes.''

She was preceded in death by her son Brady Winniford.

She is survived by her husband Roger Allington of Juneau; children Randel Winniford of Texas, Richard Winniford of Juneau and Terrie Murray of Portland, Ore.; stepchildren Laura Kirn, Ronald Allington and Edith Walls of Anchorage; and Kathryn Johnson of Longview, Wash.; and 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Northern Light United Church.

In lieu of flowers, the deceased requested that remembrances be sent to the United Way Southeast, 107 Municipal Way, Juneau, AK, 99801 or Northern Light United Church, 400 West 11th Street, Juneau, AK, 99801.

Lela ``Catherine'' Tullis

Juneau resident Lela ``Catherine'' Tullis died July 6, 2000, in her home.

She was born April 22, 1920, in Moro, Ark.

She lived in Iowa before moving Juneau in 1974 where she owned several restaurants and worked at various eateries. Most recently, she was employed at Mountain View Senior Center as lead cook. Friends said that she was well-known and loved for her great cooking skills.

She was preceded in death by her sons Ellis, Jim and Larry Bankus.

She is survived by sons Harry Jay Tullis and Jack Tullis; grandsons Ernie, Berton and Malcolm Tullis all of Juneau; daughter Kathleen Morris of Liberty Center, Iowa; and six other grandchildren and many great-grandchildren in the Lower 48.

The family held a private memorial service on July 8 and scattered her ashes at her favorite fishing hole. A public ceremony will be held later this summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in the deceased's name to Cornerstone Home Health, 3225 Hospital Drive, Juneau, AK, 99801.

Frances J. Edgecomb

Longtime Alaska resident Frances J. Edgecomb died June 19, 2000, in her home in Sitka.

She was born Nov. 16, 1915, near Lynden, Wash.

She moved to Pelican in 1948 where she met and married Bill Edgecomb. The couple spent the next decade running several businesses in Pelican including a restaurant, The Fiddlers' Green cookhouse, and Franny & Bill's, a soda fountain and variety store where her milkshakes were famous. The family moved in 1959 to Sitka, where she worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 17 years. After her retirement, she and her husband bought Sitka Arts and Crafts and changed the name to Edgecombs' Arts and Crafts. They sold the store in 1987.

After her husband's death in 1992, she kept busy with gardening and community service. She read to children, participated in committees on aging and volunteered at Sheldon Jackson Museum. She also enjoyed painting, carving and was an avid card player.

She is survived by her daughter Alice May (and husband Jon Wolcott) of Juneau; granddaughter Billie Otto (and husband Steve) of Tacoma, Wash.; grandson Jim Wolcott (and wife Deb) of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two great-grandchildren and many friends.

Graveside services were held on June 26 at Sitka Memorial Park.



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