Dorothy “Dotty” Webster
Dorothy Webster of Homer died at South Peninsula Hospital on Nov 20, 2013 with her niece, Susannah Webster at her side. Dotty was born Aug. 19, 1936 in Conway, N.H., and grew up in Medfield, Mass. and East Conway, N.H. with her two sisters, Jean and Patricia and her brother David. She graduated from Kennett High School in Conway, N.H. and got her RN degree from Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Dartmouth, N.H.
Dotty worked for years as a pediatric nurse both on the hospital ship, “Hope in Ecuador” and the Kennedy Children’s Hospital in Boston. She also worked in hospitals in London, England and San Jose, Calif. and as a geriatric nurse in Fryeburg, Maine.
Dotty moved to Homer in 1992, where she was the director of nursing for the Long- Term Care Unit at South Peninsula Hospital. She also acted as director of The Friendship Center at Homer Senior Citizen’s Center.
In the mid-10s, Dotty became the owner of “The Bath Shop,” where she became a friend and confidant to many.
An active member of the Pier One Theatre crew, Dotty worked tickets and concessions for years. She also appeared in her brother’s show, “On the Road,” as well as in “Lend me a Tenor.”
For a while, Dotty sang alto with the Seaside Singers. Throughout her life, she sewed Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, made quilts and did many other crafts and sewing projects.
She was a passionate and life-long member of the Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian Church).
She is survived by sister Jean Briggs of Bowdoinham, Maine; brother, David Webster of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; niece, Susannah Webster of Homer, along with two generations of nieces and nephews, stretching from the Maine to Alaska.
Dotty loved babies, children and animals — in that order! A graveside service will be held this summer in Fryeburg, Maine. Friends and loved ones who are so inclined, could make a contribution to Pier One Theater in Dotty’s memory.
William Brantley Edens
William Brantley Edens died Nov. 23, 2013 in Homer at the age of 81. Edens was born July 10, 1932, to Richard W. Edens Sr. and Helen Carns Edens, in Sequim Wash. In April, 1939, his parents moved to Homer along with children, Dick Jr., Brantley and Gwen.
A celebration of life service will be held Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. at the Christian Community Church, 3838 Bartlett Street in Homer.
The family homesteaded on Skyline drive for several years, before building a home on East Hill Road so the boys would have access to the high school. The family fished together during the summers in Port Dick and the surrounding area. Dick Sr. and boys built three fishing boats in the winter months, longshored, and hauled and sold coal from the beach.
Brant commercial fished until 1961. He and Dick Jr. bought Terminal Oil Sales in 1958 from Tom Shelford, and ran the business until 1993, when they sold to Harbor Enterprises.
Brant was the 1000th Alaskan to be drafted into the Army after the start of the Korean War. His entire time was spent at Fort Richardson, and, after being honorably discharged, he returned to Homer to build his home.
On New Years Eve in 1957, Brant married his best friend, Joan Gordon. The two had many adventures exploring the Alaska outdoors via boat, plane, horseback and road trips. They visited the UK, New Zealand, Australia, and Central and South America. They worked together, played together, worshiped together and lived a full and happy life.
Brant and Joan’s three girls, Shelly, Loree and Beth, were all born and raised in Homer. Brant loved his girls, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and was always supportive of his family’s adventures in life.
Brant was a member of the Christian Community Church and the Pioneers of Alaska. He served the City of Homer on the Parks and Recreation Commission, and then Port and Harbor Commission for many years.
Brantley will be remembered as a gentle, loving, trustworthy, happy and Godly man. He was a loving husband and father.
He is survived by his wife Joan; daughters and sons-in-law: Shelly and Jeff Erickson, Loree and Jim Jensen, Beth and Steve Tutt; sister Gwen and brother –in-law Lee Shelford. Grandchildren Jonathan, Alivia and Jessie Erickson; Wrangel and Nick Jensen; Eric, Joel, Colten and Elissa Tutt, and great grandchildren Kayden, Nico and Brantley Jace Erickson, and Annabelle Leigh Tutt; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Brantley is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Helen Edens, brother Dick, sister-in-law Velma Edens, and grandson Jace Erickson.
In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to Hospice of Homer, 323 Soundview Ave. B, Homer, AK, 99603; or Homer Seniors/Friendship Center, 3935 Svedland Street, Homer, AK, 99603.
Arrangements were made by The Homer Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Visit Brantley’s obituary and online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
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