Geneva B. Trafton

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2008

Former Juneau resident Geneva B. Trafton died Dec. 1, 2008, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer. She was 87.

Born Nov. 1, 1921, in Mountain Home, Ark., she came to Alaska in 1949 and had lived in Juneau, Sitka, Douglas, Anchorage and Ketchikan prior to moving to Wasilla. She was primarily a homemaker but had worked as a waitress at Mike's Place in Douglas, and at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, retiring in 1966. She also raised toy poodles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maynard and Ice (White) Dearmore; husbands, A. C. Watts and William W. Trafton; and brother, Earl Dearmore.

She is survived by her sons, Bill Ratcliff, of Anchorage, and Mark and Steven Watts, of Wasilla; grandsons, Scott and Cole Ratcliff, of Anchorage, Aaron Watts, of Joplin, Mo., and Guy Michael Ratcliff, of Washington, D.C.; granddaughters, Debbie Ratcliff, of Wichita, Kan., and Cheryl Ratcliff, of Texas; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Dec. 3 at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel & Crematory in Wasilla, with the Rev. Bruce Rowell, of First Baptist Church in Palmer, officiating.

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