Marey Kathryn McGuire

Obituary

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Former Juneau resident Marey Kathryn McGuire, 89, of Fairbanks, died July 12, 2005, in Petersburg.

She was born to William West Casey and Kathryn Keefe Casey on June 28, 1916, in Juneau. She attended Juneau schools. After her father died, the family moved to Everett, Wash.

At Everett High School, she took a course that used the textbook, "How to Win Friends and Influence People," by Dale Carnegie. This gave her insight and confidence that she never forgot. After graduating from Everett High School in 1934, she attended beauty school. Soon after completion, she opened her first beauty shop, The Royal, in downtown Everett.

She married Wilhem Burton Jeschke of Everett. The couple had a daughter, Florence Dell. She later married Fred McGuire of Bellingham, an Army lieutenant. The couple traveled the United States. After World War II, they returned to Everett and Paine Field, and she began taking care of foster children.

In 1950, they were transferred to Alaska. In 1954, she started the Aladdin Beauty Shop in Fairbanks. She established the wholesale business, Hair and Beauty Supply, which she owned and operated to the age of 85.

In the late 1950s, she and her husband acquired a homestead north of Steele Creek Road, in Fairbanks. There she collected antique dolls and dressed orphaned dolls for the Salvation Army.

She was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star, initiated in 1941 in Columbia Chapter No. 33 in Everett. She was a past matron of Midnight Sun Chapter No. 6 and past matron of Fairbanks Chapter No.18. She was also a member of Amaranth, Daughters of the Nile and Soroptomists.

She gave the University of Alaska various parcels of land in appreciation of their help when she was a homesteader. She established an endowed scholarship for rural students, named for her son-in-law, John W. Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Fred McGuire.

She is survived by her daughter, Dell and her husband John Johnson of Petersburg; her grandsons, Joe Johnson and his wife Shelley of Anacortes, Wash., and Jeff Johnson and his wife Krista of Katy, Texas; and her two great-granddaughters, Erin and Helly Johnson of Katy, Texas.

According to her wishes, she was cremated, and her ashes were scattered over her homestead in Fairbanks. A memorial service was July 20 at Chapel of Chimes in Fairbanks.



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