Elsie W. Brunette

Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

Former Juneau resident Elsie W. Brunette died Aug. 10, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 95.

Born July 7, 1914, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, she was a Juneau resident for 34 years and worked as a cosmetologist and Sears catalog employee.

After graduating from high school, she obtained a degree from the school of cosmetology and then owned her own beauty salon. In 1941, she moved to Spokane, Wash., to work for ALCOA as a crane operator to help during World War II.

In 1942, she moved to Juneau, where she owned and operated a beauty shop in the Cooper Building on Fourth and Main streets for many years. She met and married James Brunette, and in 1976, after many wonderful years in Alaska, they moved to Lincoln City, Ore., where they owned and operated the Siletz Moorage until 1986. They resided in Salem since 1990.

She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Juneau, the Pioneers of Alaska, the Eastern Star of Juneau, and the Alaska Yukon Club of Seattle and the Alaska Club of Juneau.

She is survived by her spouse, James Brunette; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Sharon Hildreth; granddaughters, Lori Mitchell and Juanita Harbough; grandsons, Kenneth Soldin and Rick Soldin; nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She loved Alaska and had many friends and acquaintances. At her request, there will be no memorial service. She requested her ashes be spread in Stevens Passage north of Juneau at a date yet to be determined.

Her spouse may be contacted at 6589 Fairway Ave. SE, Salem, OR 97306.



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