OBITUARIES

Gwen Ibbotson
Sept. 1947 – June 2009

Our loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Gwendolyn Ibbotson, passed away peacefully at her home on June 29, 2009, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
Gwen was born to Donna Lassley and Wayman Mervin on September, 3, 1947. After graduating from high school, she moved to Nampa, Idaho to live near her sisters. It is there, where she met the love of her life and soul mate, Ed Ibbotson. They were married on March 10, 1967. They lived in Nampa for the next 15 years with their two daughters, Dawn and Kay.
In 1982 the family packed up and moved to Skagway, Alaska, their home for the next 27 years.
Gwen enjoyed her summers working at Richter’s with her many close friends, taking walks with Ed and their two dogs (Buddy and Toby), traveling the Alaska Highway with Ed, and wherever it took them. She especially treasured every moment she had with her four grandchildren, whether it was watching movies, the many sleepovers, making her special pancakes, or cheering them on from the bleachers. She was very proud of her family.
Gwen was preceded in death by her father, Wayman Mervin, and her step-father, Jerry Lassley. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Ed Ibbotson; two daughters, Dawn Brown and husband Jeff of Bow, Washington, and Kay Ackerman and husband Rick of Skagway; her grandchildren, Michael and Sydney Brown, and Nicholas and Alex Ackerman; her mother, Donna Lassley of Nampa, Idaho; sisters Mariann Acree of Nampa, and Lou Jean Schell and husband Jerry of Caldwell, Idaho; brothers Cecil Mervin and wife Pam of Portland, Oregon, and Jerry Kim Lassley ; sisters-in-law (sisters at heart), Pat Weeks and husband Bill, and Mabel Gutenberger and husband Illerd; and many special nieces and nephews.
Gwen was a very brave, kind and caring woman. Even through her courageous battle of the last two years, she was most concerned with others. She will always be missed but never forgotten.
A service will be held at the Skagway Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Home Hospice Care equipment for the Dahl Memorial Clinic in memory of Gwen Ibbotson.


Ross Lofton

Sept. 1949 – April 2009

Longtime Skagway resident Ross Lofton succumbed to lung and brain cancer at his home on April 27, 2009.
Ross was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 20, 1949. He was a Vietnam Vet and came to Skagway in the early 1970s to work on the railroad with his friend Carl Rose.
He was a loving and devoted father and friend.
Ross was preceded in death by his “wife” Robin Lingle in 2007. They were both taken from us too early.
Ross is survived by two sons: Jake of Juneau, who is working between construction job and fishing vessels; and Nate of Seattle, who is working in radio for the 17th year.
Ross was a warm-hearted man and is dearly missed by his friends and family.

Meg Hahr

Nov. 1967 – June 2009

Former Skagway resident Margaret (Meg) Hahr, 41, of Munising, Mich. died suddenly on June 21, 2009 following a mountain bike accident.
Meg was born on November 19, 1967 in Plainfield, NJ. After graduating from Rutgers University, her loving and adventurous spirit brought her to Niger, Africa with the Peace Corps. Her passion for the outdoors led her to employment with the National Park Service in 1998, while completing her Masters Degree at the University of Montana. It was during this time that she met her husband, Sidney Shaw, and they began their life together. Her service with the Park Service allowed them to live in such beautiful places as Glacier National Park in MT, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, and most recently Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, MI. She was Chief of Science and Natural Resources in Pictured Rocks when she died.
Meg was always one to fully engage in the act of living life, and to participate at all levels, at all times. Her kindness was infectious, and her energy and spirit inspirational. She completed a Yoga Instructor’s Course in Costa Rica, and was constantly exploring the outdoors and the world with her husband and friends. She was an amazingly balanced and centered individual who knew how to find and celebrate the joys in life, and who touched all our lives for the better.
Meg is survived by her husband, Sidney Shaw of Munising, MI, her parents Arthur and Barbara Hahr of Plainfield, NJ, and her sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Neil Weidner and their family.
NPS released this statement about losing Meg: “The National Park Service lost a friend, colleague, and advocate with the passing of Meg Hahr, Chief of Science and Natural Resources at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore…. She was an accomplished natural resource professional, liked and admired throughout the Alaska, Intermountain, and Midwest Regions.
“Colleagues from across Alaska often commented on how lucky we were to have Meg on the NPS team. Her deep commitment to park resources was evident in all she did. She thrived on furthering the NPS mission; whether conducting
field work along the remote Alaskan coast, coordinating vital sign monitoring, or collaborating with her many colleagues throughout the NPS. Her thoughtful and energetic approach to resource management advanced the resource management programs significantly at each of her duty stations.
“We will sorely miss Meg, she was a star and an asset to the National Park
Service. Meg exemplified those things that have made the parks in Alaska so
successful, being a contributing member in the small communities where she lived. Just as when living in West Glacier, MT; Skagway, AK; and Seward, AK; Meg and Sidney had quickly integrated themselves into the fabric of the local Munising, Michigan community; partaking in music, conservation, and yoga among other interests. There is much for all of is to learn from the example she set.”
A memorial service and reception to honor her life was held on July 6 at Jewell Gardens in Skagway. Sidney Shaw attended. The service included a reading and invitation to all to say a few words. Additional memorial services are being held in New Jersey, Michigan, and Montana.
Since Meg felt most at home outdoors and believed in the preservation of wilderness areas, a fund has been established with the Nature Conservancy in her name. Donations to this fund, in Meg’s name and honor, are preferred to flowers or other memorials.
Please call this number or send money to the following address, and mention that the donation is in Meg’s name: 1.800.628.6860; Nature Conservancy, PO Box 6020 Albert Lea, MN 56007-9824; Account #: 12005888.