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Elna <I>Arola</I> Barrington

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Elna Arola Barrington

Birth
Alaska, USA
Death
17 Feb 2004 (aged 86)
Burial
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA GPS-Latitude: 48.2062368, Longitude: -122.7061381
Plot
lot 20 ValleyView 1st Addon Space H
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Anchorage resident and lifelong Alaskan Elna A. Barrington, 86, died Fed. 17, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after complications from a stroke.
Mrs. Barrington was born Jan. 11, 1918, in Wrangell, Alaska, to Kaarlo and Saima Arola. There, she met her husband, William Barrington, Jr., and they were wed Jan. 22, 1944. Mr. Barrington was born April 1, 1919, in San De Fuca to Capt. William Hill and Mildred Barrington. He died Nov. 27, 2003.
She completed two years of business college in San Francisco and lived with her husband and family in Eagle, Skagway and Juneau, Alaska, before moving to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1964. While in Juneau, she worked as secretary to Gov. Bill Egan. She was instrumental in organizing the legislative process for statehood.
She was a businesswoman in Anchorage for 20 years. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Finlandia Club, Pioneers of Alaska, Sons of Norway, Anchorage Scottish Club, Claddagh Society, the Prime Time Dancers and Christ Church Episcopal.
Her family wrote: "Gran was full of energy and always cheerful with a positive attitude. She lived a full and wonderful life, sharing herself unselfishly with her family and friends. She was known for her love of dancing, travel, cooking and had a special fondness for teenagers. With her husband of 59 years, she taught ballroom and folk dancing and maintained a full performance schedule until her untimely death. Her loss will be felt by many."
She is survived by her children and their spouses, William III and Marlene Barrington of Tacoma, and Victoria Rich, Edward and Donna Barrington, and Liisa and Brian Johnson, all of Anchorage; grandchildren Eva Michels of Los Angeles, Jamie Rich, Owen and Eden Barrington and Arthur and Syd Johnson, of Anchorage; cousin Eddie Arola of Camarillo, Calif., and extended family in Finland.
A funeral service was held Feb. 27 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage. A graveside ceremony will be held Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville
17 Feb 2004 Whidbey News Times Whidbey WA
Anchorage resident and lifelong Alaskan Elna A. Barrington, 86, died Fed. 17, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after complications from a stroke.
Mrs. Barrington was born Jan. 11, 1918, in Wrangell, Alaska, to Kaarlo and Saima Arola. There, she met her husband, William Barrington, Jr., and they were wed Jan. 22, 1944. Mr. Barrington was born April 1, 1919, in San De Fuca to Capt. William Hill and Mildred Barrington. He died Nov. 27, 2003.
She completed two years of business college in San Francisco and lived with her husband and family in Eagle, Skagway and Juneau, Alaska, before moving to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1964. While in Juneau, she worked as secretary to Gov. Bill Egan. She was instrumental in organizing the legislative process for statehood.
She was a businesswoman in Anchorage for 20 years. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Finlandia Club, Pioneers of Alaska, Sons of Norway, Anchorage Scottish Club, Claddagh Society, the Prime Time Dancers and Christ Church Episcopal.
Her family wrote: "Gran was full of energy and always cheerful with a positive attitude. She lived a full and wonderful life, sharing herself unselfishly with her family and friends. She was known for her love of dancing, travel, cooking and had a special fondness for teenagers. With her husband of 59 years, she taught ballroom and folk dancing and maintained a full performance schedule until her untimely death. Her loss will be felt by many."
She is survived by her children and their spouses, William III and Marlene Barrington of Tacoma, and Victoria Rich, Edward and Donna Barrington, and Liisa and Brian Johnson, all of Anchorage; grandchildren Eva Michels of Los Angeles, Jamie Rich, Owen and Eden Barrington and Arthur and Syd Johnson, of Anchorage; cousin Eddie Arola of Camarillo, Calif., and extended family in Finland.
A funeral service was held Feb. 27 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage. A graveside ceremony will be held Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville
17 Feb 2004 Whidbey News Times Whidbey WA


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