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Former Juneau resident Alice Marie (Shaw) Tauscher died Aug. 8, 2007, at Elvie's Homecare in Wasilla, after a long struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 72.
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She was born Jan. 2, 1935, in Superior, Wyo., and came to Alaska in the early 1940s, graduating from Ketchikan High School in 1952. She lived in Myers Chuck and Ketchikan until 1967. She live in Juneau from 1967-73, in Washington and Oregon from 1973-87, and finally in Wasilla since 1988.
She was a homemaker until 1968, when she went to work for the state of Alaska in Juneau from 1968-73. She then worked for Pacific Ventures in Auburn, Wash., and Bremerton, Ore., from 1979-84, She finally retired from Doyon/Universal on the North Slope after working there from 1988-97.
She loved to read and enjoyed watching her grandsons play baseball.
"Our mother was a very special person who was considered 'Mom' to many kids, ages 15 to 50," her family said. "When kids down on their luck found their way to 'Mom,' she always made sure they had a roof over their heads and plenty to eat. Her home was theirs. She will be missed by all of her 'kids.' Alice was a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt."
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Madilyn Olin; siblings, Wilbur Olin, Shirley Nelson and Twila Kellogg; and beloved son, Ronnie.
She is survived by her sons, Michael Shaw and his wife, Linda, and Edward Shaw, of Wasilla; sister, Beverly Hammer, of Petersburg; grandsons, Scott Moore and his wife, Lori, of Guam, and Ronnie and Mikey Shaw, of Wasilla; great-granddaughters, Corina and Courtney Moore, of Guam; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Per her wishes, a private family memorial service will be held at Valley Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Steve Reem of the Palmer Highway Church of God, in Wasilla.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Mat-Su Regional Homecare Hospice, 950 E. Bogard Road, Suite 132, Wasilla, AK, 99654. Her ashes will be placed at her home at Blodgett Lake.
The family would like to thank Mat-Su Regional Homecare and Hospice, (Darlene) and Kitty Tardalo with Redi Care for their compassionate care in their mother's time of need.
Valley Funeral Home and Crematory of Wasilla and Palmer is assisting the family.