Mary R. Hargrave


Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Juneau resident Mary Rosina Hargrave, 89, died Nov. 11, 2005, in her sleep at her home in Juneau.

She was born April 25, 1916. She graduated from Winner High School in Winner, S.D. She also lived in Lead, Deadwood and Custer, S.D. She then moved to Englewood, Calif. and worked at the Douglas Aircraft Corp. She then went to Bellingham, Wash. where she saw an ad in the paper for a cook on a boat.

She met Harold Hargrave via a two-way radio in Funter Bay while she was working as a cook on a charter boat. They were married on March 15, 1950, in Juneau. The couple lived in Funter Bay for 35 years. They moved in 1982 to her home in Juneau.

She enjoyed the outdoors, yard work, smoking the salmon brought to her by friends, sharing her raspberries and stories. According to friends, "she made the best ever liver and onions." Many of her friends enjoyed the hospitality of the "Hargrave Hilton" at Funter Bay.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her nephew, Wayne; her parents, one sister and two brothers.

She is survived by a niece, Rosalie Hargrave; a great-niece, Wendy Mercer, and two great-great nephews, Cody and Colt Mercer of Stanwood, Wash.

An open house, a gathering of her friends, will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 18, at her home on 3772 Julep St.

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