End of the Trail
Notices in this section are limited to names of those who have achieved pioneer status through many years in the North, or who are otherwise of unquestioned importance in the daily scene.
Mary Virginia Westfall Smith, 82, died March 26 in Anchorage. She moved to Ft Richardson in 1952 with her husband Bill Westfall; in 1954 the family homesteaded on Lake Beth in Knik. Later she married Walter Smith and began a long career with the Federal Aviation Administration. She learned to fly in the 1960s as a member of the FAA flying club. After her retirement in the 1980s she had several articles and pictures published in national magazines, including Alaska. An avid photographer and rock hound she traveled all over Alaska with the Chugach Gem and Mineral Society. She volunteered several years for the Anchorage Museum and the Transportation Museum in Wasilla identifying and documenting early FAA photos for posterity. [July/Aug2009]
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