|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1911|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||May 9, 2010|
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Obituary from the Fairbanks, Alaska "Daily News-Miner" newspaper, dated Friday, May 14, 2010, page B-2:
Lucille Marie Beer, 99, born Lucille Anderson on January 16, 1911, in Fargo, North Dakota, passed away peacefully of natural causes on May 9, 2010, at the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home.
One of her favorite memories of growing up in Fargo was tobogganing in the winter. She also enjoyed playing piano and organ. After high school, she attended the state teachers college in Moorhead, Minnesota. However, after receiving her teaching certificate, she decided she would rather be a secretary and took courses in business and bookkeeping. She worked in this field for many years.
In 1950, Lucille went as a civil servant to a U.S. Army base in Japan. After working in Japan, she joined two of her friends on an adventurous two-month cruise that docked in many Asian, Middle Eastern and European countries. A high point of the trip was visiting Norway, where her parents were born. After that, she went to work in Fort Churchill, Canada, with Cold Research & Development. In 1961, she transferred to Fort Wainwright to work at the Arctic Health Research Center. There, she met and later married her husband, Les Beer. After retiring from the federal government, Lucille went to work at Frank B. Hall Insurance Agency for six years.
Les and Lucille built a log home on Farmers Loop, which later became known as the grandfather clock shop. Along with the clock business, Les and Lucille loved gardening together, and Lucille loved to play golf. Lucille was a member of the Elks and Embers clubs, Sons of Norway and a volunteer with the Literacy Council of Alaska for 25 years. Although they never had children, Les and Lucille adopted many close friends into their family throughout the years.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Les Beer; and all of her siblings.
Lucille is survived by her sister-in-law, Roberta Anderson; niece, Lucille Jensen; many great-nieces and great-nephews; adopted Alaskan family and friends, Gary and Mary Healy, Gary Jr., Jewels, Alissa, Kayanna, Minnie, Kaleb, Mia, Ashley, Bethany and Buck; Mike, Kim and Victoria Lambert; Jean and Arthur Young; Alvin, Fred and Norma, Jossie and Fran. Lucille was "Grammy" to many people who love and cherish everything she brought to their lives.
Lucille left this poem to share: "Don't grieve for me, for I am free. I'm following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to live, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that place at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. Friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; ah, these things I too, shall miss. Be not burdened with the times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much; good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me. God wants me now, He set me free."
At Lucille's request, there will be no memorial service. We'll miss you, Grammy. Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Published in Daily News-Miner on May 14, 2010.
Leslie Irving Beer (1916 - 1994)*
Northern Lights Memorial Cemetery
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
Record added: May 14, 2010
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