Longtime Juneau resident Frances "Anne" Mortell died peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 27, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, after a long battle with diabetes and kidney failure. She was 73.
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She came to Alaska in 1968 following her husband's dream of being a commercial fisherman. While she loved painting, reading and making friends, nothing could surpass the love she had for her children and grandchildren, her family said.
Those who knew her can attest she shared her gentle kindness effortlessly and proved her genuineness instantly, family members said.
"With her quick wit and formidable strength, she weathered the many storms of life, always providing a safe harbor for the ones she loved," said her daughter, Lindy Carroll. "She was our beacon, quietly guiding us. Her light, now obviously absent, will be truly missed."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Mortell; sons, Jim and Timothy Mortell; parents, Maybell and Harold Bainter; brother, Jack Mortell; and sister, Doris Bednorse.
She is survived by her children Mike Mortell, Jenny Lacey, Hank Mortell and Lindy Carroll; brothers and sisters, Bob Bainter, Kathy Ficken, Mary Bainter and Dick Bainter; and many extended family members, including nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to join her family to share memories from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Lindy Carroll's home, 3303 Fritz Cove Road. Call 789-3902 for more information. At her request, her final resting place and service will be held in the spring in Gig Harbor, Wash.