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Lifelong Alaskan Beverly Alice Skeek Loy Williams died Oct. 8, 2007, in Anchorage, following a brief battle with cancer. She was 74.
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She was born Nov. 28, 1932, to Thomas L. and Amy Skeek in Kake. She was a Petersburg resident for many years.
She was a junior soldier in the Salvation Army and a member of the Anchorage Salvation Army Citadel for 18 years. According to her family, she was an accomplished seamstress who learned to work with upholstery. She particularly enjoyed entertaining family and friends with her outstanding cooking and baking and was especially well known for her delicious baked desserts, which were served at many potlucks and Salvation Army functions, her family said.
Her family said she had a great passion for beachcombing and gathered many food items from the beaches of Southeast Alaska in traditional style, which she generously shared with others. She was a great inspiration to her nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly, they said.
She was a member of Sealaska Corp., and was active in the Petersburg Chapter of the Women of the Moose, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She gave generously of her time and commitment to the organizations she belonged to, her family said.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Amy Skeek; a sister, Shirley Kuwata; two infant brothers; and first husband, Dave Loy, father of Kevin Loy.
She is survived by her husband, Alan Williams; son, Kevin Loy; granddaughter, Jasmine Nicole Loy; and brothers, Leonard and Reggie Skeek.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Salvation Army Anchorage Corps, 2100 DeArmoun Road. In accordance with her wishes, her ashes will be scattered along Sandy Beach in Petersburg.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army Anchorage Corps to further its mission in Alaska.