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Obituaries

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Lawrence Dean 'Larry' Ebona

Juneau resident Lawrence Dean "Larry" Ebona died Nov. 15, 2001, in Bellingham, Wash.

Born April 22, 1955, in Juneau, Ebona lived in Juneau, Bellingham and Yakutat. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and worked as a cab driver, a laborer and in commercial fishing. He was a member of the American Legion Sons of Sal.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Maryann See Ebona.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela Frances Ebona, Yakutat; son Richard Ellisoff, Washington; sister Renee Ann Ebona-Warren, Reno, Nev.; sister Barbara Laura "Bobbi" George, Juneau; sister Bessie Wocott-Nolan, Juneau; brother LaBerne J. Ebona, Anchorage; brother Martin Ebona III; father Daniel Phillips, Juneau; stepfather Martin Ebona Jr., Juneau; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at the Salvation Army Church at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2001. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army, and that friends light a candle in his memory.

William 'Bill' Burney

Former Juneau resident William Frank "Bill" Burney died Nov. 10, 2001, at his home in Anchorage.

He was born June 1, 1958, in Minneapolis and moved to Juneau in 1959. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and completed one year of college before moving to Anchorage in 1976. While at the Seward Skill Center he received an award for saving the life of his lifetime friend, David Warner.

Burney worked in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay for Dolphin, Dantex, Nabors Alaska and Alaska United Drilling. He was employed as a roustabout before becoming a roughneck. He also commercially fished.

He was an avid outdoorsman; he especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and clamming.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Maki, Haines; stepfather Ace Burney, Anchorage; and father-in-law Walter LeeRoy Wariner, Anchorage.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Phyllis Vianna Burney; daughters Julia V. and Melady A. Burney; foster son Ramoan Lastra Burney, all of Anchorage; mother Beth Crawford, Juneau; mother-in-law Norma Wariner, Anchorage; brother Edward Maki, Juneau; sister April Roth, Granby, Conn.; brothers David Burney and James Wanamaker, Anchorage; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

A celebration of Burney's life was held on Nov. 14 at his home in Anchorage. Memorial contributions may be directed to Phyllis Burney, 3617 E. 65th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99507.

Frances Elaine Price

Frances Elaine Price died at home in Juneau on Nov. 16, 2001, with her family at her bedside.

She was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Murdo, S.D., where her parents were homesteading. She spent her youth in Sheldon and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, attended Coe College, and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in textiles and design in 1943. She joined the Navy WAVES and was an aerial gunnery instructor, Sp.G 3rd class, from 1943-45. She was married to a naval aviator from 1945-72, and the family lived in Venezuela, the Philippines, Morocco and Spain, as well as in several parts of the United States. She loved traveling and explored every continent except Antarctica.

After returning to college in 1964, she became a librarian and retired from the library of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., in 1985. In 1991 she moved to Juneau to be near her daughter. For the last 10 months of her life, she lived at her daughter's home. She was a voracious reader, loved to play bridge, had a deep interest in current events, and, after moving to Juneau, developed a passion for fishing and wildlife viewing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Col. Raymond Templin Benson and Margaret Thompson Benson, Harrisonburg, Va., and by her sister Joanne Wright, Amarillo, Texas.

She is survived by brother Rush Benson, Gettysburg, Pa.; sister Marilynn Ratajczak, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; daughter Lynn Wallen, her husband R.T. "Skip," and their son Tor, Juneau; son Raymond Price, his wife Margaret Skeel and their sons James and Daniel, New South Wales, Australia; daughter Margaret Carlson and her children Michelle and Scott, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; and 13 nieces and nephews.

At her request, no local service will be held and her ashes will be scattered at sea near her favorite fishing spot. Her life will be celebrated at a family reunion in July 2002.



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