Laura Beth Kirn

Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

Former Juneau resident Laura Beth Allington Kirn died June 7, 2009, in Riverside, Calif. She was 55.

Born May 18, 1954, in Fresno, Calif., she was a Juneau resident for one year, graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1973.

She attended the Police Academy and Community College in Anchorage. She worked as a police dispatcher, police officer, paramedic, nurse and paralegal.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Known by her nickname, "Elbee" (LB), to most, she was a skilled and creative beadwork, crochet and needlepoint artist. Her artwork has won prizes at the Alaska State Fair. She would pass the time working calculus and crossword puzzles and was a published poet. In her younger years, she loved training horses and taking care of animals of all sorts. An avid bowler, she was in several leagues and even participated in several national level tournaments. She was an outgoing, thoughtful and generous person.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Joseph Kirn, of Salina, Kan.

She is survived by her daughters, Heather Elizabeth Kirn and Mary Kaye Gonzalez; partner of 10 years, Brian Slack; parents, Marolyn Beech, of Kingman, Ariz., and Roger Allington, of Bellevue, Wash.; siblings, Ron Allington, of Fairbanks, Kathy Johnson, of Longview, Wash., Edie Walls, of Kingman, Richard Winniford, of Talco, Texas, and Randy Winniford, of Talco; and seven grandchildren.

She was "a beloved friend, daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and wife," her family said.

Services will be held May 18, 2010, in Bellevue, Wash. The family may be contacted at

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