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Longtime Alaska resident Nancy Ann Glass died Oct. 29, 2007, at the Denali Center in Fairbanks after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. She was 54.
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She was born July 14, 1953, at March Air Force Base, in Riverside, Calif., to Bernadette and George Taylor. She graduated from Redwood City High School in Marin County, Calif., and attended Marin County Community College and the University of Alaska Southeast.
In October 1981, she moved to Juneau, where she was employed as a bank teller for 27 years. She most often worked as a drive-up teller, greeting customers with her contagious smile and treats for four-legged friends, family said. Her nickname was "Mouse" for her small stature but enormous spirit, they said.
She married her soul mate, Gary Glass, on Aug. 8, 1992. She was diagnosed with breast cancer prior to their marriage and again in 1998. To simplify life, they moved to Tok, where her husband constructed a log home on Mineral Lake.
According to family members, her life was filled with the love of her husband, mother and their precious dogs, Angel, Healy and Galena (deceased). She also was close to those she befriended throughout life, especially her friends at St. Paul's Catholic Church.
She enjoyed coffee, visiting with her friends in Juneau and watching the wildlife from her home on Mineral Lake. She was an avid gardener and spent winters sewing, cross-stitching and quilting, her family said. She loved hiking and hunting with her husband, playing with her dogs, the quiet peace of her home and reading her Bible and Louis L'Amour. Much of her spiritual strength came from her strong Catholic faith, family said.
She was preceded in death by her uncles, Michael O'Brien, Greg Taylor and John O'Brien.
She is survived by her husband of 15 years; parents, Bernadette Taylor and George Taylor and his wife, Marie; uncle, George O'Brien and his wife, Pat; aunts, Eleanor Hudson and her husband, Bill, Marcella Baker, Patricia (Annie) Freeman, Madge Weese and Maureen (Christina) Murashok; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Dr. Carrall and staff at the Denali Center for their kindness and compassionate care.
A memorial Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive in Juneau, with a reception following at St. Peter's Hall, adjacent to the church. For information, contact Karen Boddy at 789-2748.