Longtime Douglas resident Marjorie H. Steidley died unexpectedly on Oct. 18, 2008, after a brief battle with pneumonia. She was 88.
She was born March 9, 1920, in Missouri, to Sydney William and Goldie Lillian Paine.
In August 1937, she married her sweetheart, Ben Steidley, and moved to Edinburg, Texas, where their only child, Helen, was born.
In 1941 they moved to California. They lived there until moving to Juneau in the spring of 1958 for a three-month trial period.
According to her family, it rained for six weeks, and word has it, she cried for six weeks. Then, as sometimes happens in Juneau, the sun emerged.
She fell in love with the beauty of the country and decided to stay, they said. She worked for a while at the late Don Anderson's Photo and Jewelry store on Seward Street and managed the Harborview Apartments in Douglas.
Later in life, she enjoyed going to the Juneau Senior Center for lunch and visiting with friends. She very much enjoyed visits with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sydney and Lillian Paine; brother, Fred Paine and her sister, Eloise Steidley.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Ben Steidley; daughter, Helen Pekovich and husband, Sam; grandchildren, John Shakespeare, Michael Shakespeare and wife, Cheryl, and Andrea DeMuth and husband, John; and numerous great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Glacier Valley Church of God on Thunder Mountain Road.
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