August 10, 1918 - July 9, 2008
Longtime Alaskan resident, Beatrice Murphy Poston, 89, died peacefully on July 9, 2008 at her home at Sinona Creek. At her request, no services are being held.
Mrs. Poston was born, August 10, 1918 in Sunfield Township, Eaton County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Elba and Mary Murphy. She was raised at Saddle Bag Lake and graduated from Woodland High School.
During WWII she was a beautician in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1947 she moved to Alaska, first to Fairbanks and then settling at Sinona Creek in Chistochina.
Beatrice Poston was one of the first school teachers in Chistochina. She was appointed by the Territory of Alaska. In 1948, she started Postys Sinona Creek Trading Post. Beatrice and her late husband, Posty, operated the trading post until their retirement in 1981.
One of her hobbies was sprint dog racing, which she did from the 1950s to the 1980s. She also enjoyed taking care of the landscaping of her property and having beautiful woods surrounding her home. Beatrice enjoyed her many neighbors and children of the community of Chistochina.
Mrs. Poston was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Posty Poston, brothers: Clair Murphy of Battle Creek, Michigan, Laurence Murphy of Winslow, Arizona, Verlin Murphy of Palacious, Texas, half brotherCarl Sacket of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sister who preceded her in death: Daisy Johnson of Union City, Michigan, Barbara Sliter of Dallas, Texas, and young sister, Ruth, who died at age 9 at Saddle Bag Lake. She is survived by her sisters, Norma Murphy of San Francisco, California and Laurie Jewell of Elkton, Maryland, and many nieces and nephews who loved her.
We encourage those that wish to honor Beas memory to plant a tree or shrub in your yard.
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