Janette Helen Edwards


Posted: Monday, September 27, 2004

Janette Helen Edwards, 89, died September 1, 2004, of natural causes in Ketchikan.

She was born August 17, 1915, in Painesville, Ohio, to Edward and Helen Killinen.

She attended schools in Ohio, California and Klamath Falls, Oregon. She lived 10 years in Sacramento, Calif., with her husband, Don W. Statter. Her son, Don D. Statter, was born there. She moved to Haines in 1944 and then to Ketchikan in 1945, where she married Jess Edwards.

She worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and was active on the Ketchikan Central Council in the 1950s. She was Bill Egan's local campaign manager when he first ran for governor. She held a number of democratic party offices, including district chairwoman and state vice-chairwoman, until she went to work for the state. She worked for the Alaska Department of Revenue for 21 years, retiring in September 1981.

Edwards was past president of the Pioneers of Alaska Auxiliary 7 and was a member of the Church of Christ in Ketchikan.

She lived at her waterfront home at Mile 3 North Tongass until the time of her death.

Her family said "she will be greatly missed by family and very close friends and the caregivers who extended her life."

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, and husband, Jess Edwards.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Anita Statter (Robert W. Smith); granddaughters, Donna Statter Dress and Linda Statter Lewis (John) of Juneau, Debra Statter Meusel (Emil) of Ketchikan; great-grandchildren, Trista Anderson (Michael), Kristin Dress, Cordova Lewis and Johnson Lewis of Juneau, Emily Don Meusel, Nichole Consuelo Meusel and Thomas Edward Meusel of Ketchikan; and great-great-granddaughter, Jillian Anderson of Juneau; sister, Virginia McMillan; niece, Marilyn McMillan of California; cousin, Claudia Talcott of Nevada; and extended family. Erving and Doris Edwards and Anita Zugoff of Washington.

At her request, there will be no memorial service. Her ashes will be placed together with those of her husband, Jess, at the Bayview Cemetery in Ketchikan.

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