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Geneva B. Trafton

Wasilla resident Geneva B. Trafton, 87, died Dec. 1 at  Mat-Su  Regional Medical Center in Palmer.

A memorial service was held Dec. 3 at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory in Wasilla, with Pastor Bruce Rowell of First Baptist Church of Palmer officiating.

Geneva was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Mountain Home, Ark. She came to Alaska in 1949, and had lived in Juneau, Sitka, Douglas, Anchorage and Ketchikan prior to moving to Wasilla. She was primarily a homemaker, but had worked as a waitress at Mike’s Place in Douglas, and at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, retiring in 1966. She also raised Toy Poodles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maynard and Ice (White) Dearmore; husbands, A. C. Watts, and William W. Trafton; and brother, Earl Dearmore.

Surviving are sons, Bill Ratcliff of Anchorage, and Mark and Steven Watts of Wasilla; grandsons, Scott and Cole Ratcliff of Anchorage, Aaron Watts of Joplin, Mo., and Guy Michael Ratcliff of Washington, D.C.; granddaughters, Debbie Ratcliff of Wichita, Kansas, and Cheryl Ratcliff of Texas; and six great-grandchildren.

Source: Frontiersman, 5 December 2008



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