On March 27th, after a courageous battle with cancer, and surrounded by her family, the Lord called home a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Eddy Dee came to Alaska as a very young girl by steamboat with her grandmother and mother. She grew up in Valdez. One summer while working at Paxson Lodge, Eddy met a handsome truck driver, Andrew Growden who stole her heart. Andy and Eddy were married in 1958. They made their home in Valdez until the devastating 1964 earthquake destroyed their home and forced them to relocate. After living for a short time in Copper Center and Fairbanks, in 1965 they made Delta Junction their home. Eddy’s love for kids led her to work at the Delta School in several different capacities. After many years, she retired as the much loved school secretary. In addition to her school activities, she was actively involved in the Forget Me Knot Quilters Guild, Deltana Fair, Delta Library Association and her church, Faith Lutheran. Eddy devoted herself to her family, friends and community. She was passionate about quilting and was a mentor to many other quilters. Eddy made many beautiful quilts and anyone fortunate enough to have received one will always treasure it.
Eddy is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Andy, her children Alan Growden and fiancée Celeste, Kelly and Shelly Growden, Amy and Bruce Bell and Patti Growden; her grandchildren Travis Growden, Lacie and Joe Hatton, Austin Growden, Alicia and Kenny Bjur, Colten Growden, Jordan and Sheridan Culver; and great-grandchildren Haven, Gavin, Lucas, Blake and Rogan.
The family thanks the staff of the Fairbanks Cancer Center, Dr. Shihadeh, Dr. Jackie Cox, Brittany Burglin and all the staff at Denali Center; especially the Aspen Way nurses and CNA’s for the wonderful treatment and care they give to Eddy.
Eddy will be forever missed. Per her wishes, there will not be a service.