Former Juneau resident Loraine Hall McGregory, 88, died Nov. 19, 2006, at Sue's Sourdough Assisted Living Home in Anchorage due to heart failure.
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She was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Orange, N.J. She came to Juneau in 1945. She homesteaded and fished commercially until her children were born. She then worked for various state agencies - the Superior Court, Fish and Game and the Department of Transportation - until retiring after many years of service.
She was a member of the Pioneers Auxiliary, past president of Crime Watch and member of Chapel by the Lake from 1945 into the 1950s. She enjoyed doing needlework, crotchet, bead work and oil painting. She won many blue ribbons and best of show awards for her needle work.
Her family said she was thrifty and direct. She was proud of her children and grandchildren for their successes. She assisted all of her grandchildren with obtaining their college educations.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen Decker-Brown and her husband, Brad, of Anchorage, and Sally Scott and her husband, Spike; and her grandchildren, Lt. Brandon J. Decker, Amberly K. Baum, Chalon G. Brown, Gordon Nelson and Anna Maria Estes.
A Pioneers memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Juneau Senior Center in Juneau. A graveside service was in Anchorage. Donations may be sent to Pioneers Auxiliary, P.O. Box 21005, Juneau, AK 99802. Cards and memories may be sent to Karen Decker-Brown, 2200 Shore Drive, Anchorage, AK 99515.
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