Chris Purvis

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 19:00

Chris “Dago” Purvis died with her family and friends by her side on Feb. 2, 2013 at her home in the Butte. She was 63.

A celebration of life and Italian potluck will be held Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at Beach Lake Lodge in Chugiak.

She will be buried in Valley Memorial Park on June 20. Her family will honor her mother, Mary Benbow, on her headstone.

She was born Mary Christine Quier on May 20, 1949 to Mary (Becchelli) and Cecil in Mishawaka, Ind. The family moved to Freemont, Calif. in 1958 and then to Palmer in 1966. She graduated from Palmer High School in 1967.

Chris (aka “Dago”) was strong willed with quite the independent entrepreneuring spirit, her family said. In Anchorage, she owned the Tradewinds Bar in Spenard in the 1980s and worked at the Time Out Lounge for 15 years. She moved to Palmer in 1999 and worked at Palmer Bar and Del Rois. She also did bookkeeping throughout the years and owned Butte Mailbox Center.

“Her smile and laughter were contagious and she was always easy to find in a crowd,” her family said. “Chris was an incredible cook and voracious reader who loved playing backgammon and cribbage and watching the San Francisco 49ers. She loved her 1981 corvette and was dreaming of the day when she could purchase another one.”

Her hobbies included flower and vegetable gardening, jewelry making, writing, looking at the stars, and trying to come up with a way to make money so she could work from home. Her latest plan was to start a Peony farm on her property with her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Cecil Jr.

She is survived by her son, Shawn LaRose; daughter, Sonya LaRose; and grandson, Devin Corey, of Anchorage; sister-in-law, Debbie Quier, of Washington State; brothers, Mike (and Pam), of California; Joe (and Winnie), of Oklahoma; and Scott (and Tami), of Palmer.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Alaska. An online guestbook may be signed at

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