Juneau resident Michilina "Michi" Stephenson, 54, died from complications of respiratory failure on Oct. 8, 2003, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.
She was born Aug. 19, 1949, in Spokane, Wash. She earned her public manager's certification from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Having come to Juneau to further her career as a barber, she went on to work at a local retail store and then for the state.
Her family said she is remembered by her colleagues not only for her willingness and ability to help the public work their way through bureaucratic intricacies, but also for the best hair cuts in town.
She was active in the Forest Edge Condo Association, most recently as its president, and as member and officer in service organizations.
Family and friends remember Michi for her wit and turn of phrase. They note that she had a loving heart, was kind and quick to appreciate others. They describe her as a lifelong learner in the school of hard knocks who never hesitated to share her experience, strength, and hope with others. Michi enjoyed the holiday season and shared her enthusiastic spirit with those around her. She will be remembered with love as her friends and family prepare their hearts and homes for the holidays.
She is survived by her sister Coni Eickler, niece Brandi Lucas, nephew Jerry Donoho, and her best friend, Max Stephenson. She is also survived by her many cherished friends reaching from Alaska to New Hampshire and all points in between.
Contributions may be sent to The Stephenson Fund c/o B. Lucas, 1822 East 85th Street, Tacoma, WA 98455. Friends are invited to a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at her home, Forest Edge Condominium No. 14, 2575-3 Douglas Highway.