Former Juneau resident Brenda Kae McCrary Wieber, of Conifer, Colo., died Nov. 1, 2007, after a short battle with cancer. She was 55.
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She was born March 22, 1952, to Marlin and Marguerite McCrary at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
She was raised in Brimley, Mich., and graduated in 1970 from Brimley High School. She met her husband, Orval Wieber, in Colorado, and they were married on Aug. 1, 1973, in Golden, Colo. She lived in several places across the United States, traveling wherever her husband's job took them.
She lived five years in Denver, four years in Libby, Mont., three years in Great Falls, Mont., five years in Ketchikan, 13 years in Juneau and four years in Conifer.
Family members said she enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hiker who enjoyed wildlife viewing - especially bears and humpback whales - fishing in the waters of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, viewing glaciers, and horseback riding in Florida and the wilderness of the Yukon Territory, Canada.
She enjoyed planning trips, traveling the Interior of Alaska and West Coast with her girlfriends. Above all, she enjoyed Denver Bronco football games. Family members said she also supported her husband as he helped veterans obtain their hard-earned benefits through hosting picnics, dinners, etc.
She was preceded in death by her father; brother, Rex McCrary; and sister, Babe "Marlyn" McCrary.
She is survived by her husband, Orval; son, Todd Wieber and his son, Brandon Wieber, of Conifer; daughter, Joni and her sons, Tanner, Logan and Jordan, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; mother; sister, Donna Soichak, of Shoreline, Wash.; brothers, Gordon McCrary, of Charlevoix, Mich., Roger McCrary, of Shady Cove, Ore., David McCrary, of Edmonds, Wash., Marty McCrary, of East Wenatchee, Wash., and Rodney McCrary, of Newton, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Margaret McCrary, Cleta McCrary, Gloria McCrary, Judy McCrary and Jayne Amato, of Odessa, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts, cousins and many dear friends.
Services will be Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park "The Barn," 26624 N. Turkey Creek Road, in Evergreen, Colo. A reception will follow the services. A family and friends gathering will be held in Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left in honor of Brenda to VetBoat Inc., 8531 Steep Place, Juneau, AK, 99801. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary (303) 674-7750.