Joyce Little

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 09:19

Longtime Eagle River resident Joyce Little died Jan. 29, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 68.

Ms. Little was born in 1943 in Fort Pierce, Fla. to Lewis and Betty Jacobs.

A memorial wake and potluck were held at her daughter's home on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

A funeral mass will be held today at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River.

She was a longtime employee of the Alaska Star newspaper who loved gardening in her spare time.

“More than 30 years of tenacious battle with cancer exhausted the incredible strength she possessed. As in all things, she never lost her poise while passing quietly in the arms of her family. Joyce is most remembered for her sense of style. While she never missed an opportunity to catch the latest fashion trends, she was also busy setting her own. Her true loves in life were her grandchildren. She enjoyed cultivating in them a sense of fashion, as well as desire to see every corner of the world. Joyce never missed any of her grandchildren's activities or performances, taking special joy in their stage antics,” her family wrote.

“Her work as a nurse at Providence Hospital gave her deep compassion for those who suffered, also giving her an uncanny strength to overcome the enormous odds of two battles with Stage 4 breast cancer as well as an earlier battle with uterine cancer. She found deep gratification in working closer to her home and her children in the advertising department at the Alaska Star newspaper. This position gave her pride in bringing her community closer together and allowed her to help steer her community by participating in the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. Her retirement brought the joys of spending weekends at her cabin with her family, and the realization of many of her travel dreams.”

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Russell Simkins, and daughter, Julie Wilson; sister, Mary Louise Beaver; grandchildren, Trevor Hodge, Savanna Simkins, Jaime Simkins and Rosanna Simkins; and cousins, Lewis and Ginger White.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

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