Joan Terry Comerford

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003

Former Haines resident Joan Terry Comerford, 87, died on Aug. 31, 2003, at the Pioneers' Home in Sitka.

She was born on her family's farm in Crittenden County, Ky., on Nov. 25, 1915. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, she taught in the public schools of Kentucky, Tennessee, Arizona and, from 1946 until retirement, Alaska. From 1955 through 1960, she was director of curriculum for the Alaska Territorial Department of Education in Juneau. She lived in Alaska continuously from the summer of 1946 until her death, and taught in Kodiak, Cordova, Seward, Ketchikan, Anchorage, Douglas and Haines. She was a resident of Haines for more than 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin A.J. Comerford of Haines; parents, W.L. and Sadie Rankin Terry; one brother, William Lester Terry Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia Wineland and Katherine Moore.

She is survived by her brother, T. Rankin Terry of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two nieces; two nephews; one grand-niece; and one grand-nephew.

A memorial service was held Sept. 6 at the Haines Presbyterian Church. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines.

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