Delia “Dee” Violet Mulkey
Delia “Dee” Violet Mulkey, 99 years young, of Juneau & Haines, Alaska, passed away on March 27th, 2013. Dee was born in Corry, Pennsylvania to the late Cornelius and Gertrude Allen. She was the youngest of six siblings. Dee was a storyteller, and loved reminiscing about her childhood. She often shared fond memories of the mischief that she and her siblings stirred up while summering at her grandfather’s farm. One of her favorite tales was of giving her sister Izora a lesson in doing one’s part. Izora was notorious for “having to use the restroom” just as the evenings chores were beginning. Upon Dee’s instigation, she and her other siblings toppled over the outhouse as her unsuspecting sister sat reading magazines inside. Dee always modeled and relayed the importance of a good work ethic, but she was also a fun loving soul with a wonderful sense of humor.
Corry is where Dee fell in love with and married her first husband, Thelston “Bro” Mason. In 1945, Dee and Bro traveled to New York City for a short vacation. As Dee and Bro were strolling down Wall Street, they stumbled upon a sign advertising for work on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad in Skagway, Alaska. Bro immediately put in his application, and what began as a short trip, was about to turn into a lifes adventure in Alaska.
On September 10th, 1946 Dee and her family arrived in Skagway aboard the Princess Louise. Delia hit the ground running, and embraced life in Skagway. Atop of caring for her family, Dee enjoyed working. She had a number of jobs throughout her career in Skagway. She worked as a waitress for Jimmy Patterson at the Skagway Grill and for Bill Feero at the Sourdough Inn. She was also a clerk for Benny Lingle at the Skagway Hardware, and a telephone operator for ACS.
As her choice in work reflects, Dee was a very sociable person. Some of her most fond memories of Skagway are those she shared with family and friends. She treasured the summer months spent with her sons and husband camping at Lower Lake, and picnicking at Smugglers Cove. Dee also enjoyed socializing at the Elks and Eagles, where she proudly served as an officer for both the Emblem Club and Eagles Auxiliary. For her many years of dedication and service, the Emblem Club bestowed Delia with the honor of a lifetime membership.
In 1968 Dee moved from Skagway to Juneau. She continued the work she enjoyed by serving as a clerk at Behrend’s Department Store and waitressing at the Baranoff and Prospector hotels. While living in Juneau, she met and married her second husband, Wayne Mulkey. Dee and Wayne enjoyed traveling in their years together. They shared trips across Europe, Canada, and much of the United States.
Delia Mulkey’s memory casts light on the words of Grandma Moses, “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” Dee chose to make the best of what life offered. She was an incredibly hard working and resilient woman. She loved life; she loved her family, and she loved her friends. Dee had so many wonderful qualities, and has engraved special memories in the minds of those who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents Cornelius and Gertrude Allen; five brothers and sisters; her 1st husband, Thelston C. Mason and her 2nd husband Wayne Mulkey; two sons Terry and Charles Mason; and one grandson, Troy Mason.
Dee is survived by her son and his wife, Thomas (Sheila) Mason; five grandchildren and their spouses Thelston T. (Jean) Mason, Tina Mason, Patty (Robert) Gougeon, Matthew Mason, Tonie (Josh) Wine, Kevin Mason, Andrea (Josh) Ballinger; and several great grandchildren including Courtney Mason, and T. Cirai Mason.
A celebration of life for Dee will be held at 2pm on May 19th, 2013 at the Chilkoot Trail Outpost in Dyea. If you knew Dee, please come to share memories and a toast in her honor!
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Haines Assisted Living (HAL), PO Box 916, Haines, Alaska 99827. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the amazing HAL staff as well as many wonderful community members from Haines that our grandmother shared time with during her stay at Haines Assisted Living.
– Submitted by the family
John “Pappy” Brodersen died in his Skagway home on April 17. Information for a memorial and the obituary will be in the next issue.