Story Last modified at 10:32 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2010
April 21, 1928-Nov. 5, 2010
Juanita Ash, 82, died on Nov. 5, 2010, at 8:30 p.m. at Alaska Regional Hospital due to complications of pulmonary hypertension and pneumonia. Services were on Nov. 20, 2010, at St Ferdinand's Cemetery in St. Louis and attended by close family.
She was born in Bruno, Mo., to Bess Mills and Mel McAllister. Juanita's hometown was St. Louis.
Juanita's family said this about her: "Juanita loved life and people. She loved to fish and be with family and friends. Above all she was a mother to her children and the world. She grieved for others' pain and suffering anywhere in the world, especially the loss of life or the hurt of children. She was also an award-winning hairdresser in the community for over 20 years. She did several plays for University of Alaska Anchorage in which she was awarded for her hair designs. There will never be another soul like hers, so full of love and care. We would like to thank all of the people who helped provide care and comfort in her time of need, and are grateful for her friends' support."
Juanita is survived by her husband, Jim Maxon; brother, George McAllister; daughter, Pamela Ash Buckner; and grandchildren, Kirk Knapp and Ian Daniel.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen McAllister and Irene Gereau; son, Daniel Knapp; grandson, Doug Knapp; and brothers, Bill Chilton and Charles McAllister.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Witzelbens and Hutchens.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.