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Eleanor Whitney Burnell Stevens

Eleanor Whitney Burnell Stevens, 90, died in her sleep of natural causes Jan. 22, 2000. at Palmer Pioneers Home.

In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held. Her ashes will be scattered at Flat Lake and in the Anchorage area.

Mrs. Stevens was born in Onami, Minn., on April 12, 1909. She received a degree from the University in Minnesota in 1932, was a mathematician and became the first female CPA in the United States.

She lived in Anchorage from 1945 to 1980, in Seward from 1980 to 1985 and in Palmer since 1985.

As a CPA she had been self-employed, worked for the Alaska Railroad and at various insurance companies in Minnesota. She retired in 1956.

Friends wrote: Eleanor came to Alaska in 1945 with her husband, Claude S. Stevens, to work on the railroad. They bought a guest home that sat behind Judge Wickershams home on 5th Avenue and I Street and had it moved to two acres on W. 35th in Spenard, where they lived with their dogs and flowers. Eleanor had a stroke and stayed home as long as possible, then moved to a Seward nursing home while she waited to get into the Pioneers Home.

She moved into the Palmer Pioneers Home in 1985 and lived there until her death.

Mrs. Stevens enjoyed raising Sitka roses, taking care of dogs, and going to their island property on Flat Lake near Big Lake. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Pioneers of Alaska and Beta Sigma Phi.

She is survived by her nephew and his wife, Robert and Doreen Whitney, of Utah, and her niece and her husband, Pat and Dale, of Minnesota.

Arrangements were made by Valley Funeral Home.

Source: Frontiersman, 28 January 2000



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