Jeanette A. Rust

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 19:00

Jeanette A. Rust, 80

Longtime Eagle River resident Jeanette A. Rust died Sept. 12, 2013, at Providence Hospice Care. She was 80.

“Jeanette loved the spring season, so a celebration of life will be held in spring of 2014,” her family wrote.

Rust was born Dec. 9, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Earl and Chloe (Tucker) Alexander. She was the seventh of eight children.

Rust grew up in Bellflower, Calif., and graduated from Excelsior Union High School in 1950. She married W.A. “Bill” Rust on March 26, 1955.

The U.S. Air Force sent W.A., Jeanette and their two small children to Alaska in 1959. They lived in Eagle River for three years and experienced the birth of their third child.

They were sent to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas in 1961. W.A. left the Air Force in 1962 and the family moved back to California, settling in Whittier.

“Jeanette was a great stay at home wife and mom,” her family wrote.

In 1969, the entire family picked up and moved to Eagle River, where they still live.

Moving back to Alaska made it necessary for Rust to enter the workplace. She went to work for the Alaska State Housing Authority, working in the low-income rental offices, and retired in 1987.

“She enjoyed interacting with the many people she met over the years,” her family wrote.

“Meeting new people and making friends was her favorite hobby,” her family wrote. “She loved spending time on the ‘A-Boat’ exploring Prince William Sound with her husband. She was an awesome cook and loved taking care of her family. She enjoyed creating crocheted rugs.”

Rust is survived by her husband of 58 years, W.A. Rust; daughter, Patricia (Lewis) Lamson, of Eagle River; sons, William Rust, of Eagle River, and Joseph Rust, of Anchorage; and granddaughter, Katelyn Lamson, of Eagle River.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Chloe (Tucker) Alexander.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Cremation Society of Alaska. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at

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