FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Marilyn M. Thrasher

Former Sitka resident Marilyn M. Thrasher passed away at the E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle, Colorado, on November 9, 2017. She was 89.

Marilyn Bernice Morgan was born July 10, 1928, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the daughter of William and Blanche Morgan’

On May 30, 1949, she received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University), and married Frank Thrasher of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

 The Thrasher family moved to Sitka in August 1963, when Frank was assigned to teach vocational shop at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Marilyn taught second grade for the Sitka Public Schools, first at Mt. Edgecumbe elementary and then at Baranof Elementary School.

Frank died in 1987, and in 2009 Marilyn moved to Rifle.

She is survived by her three sons: Patrick (Ann) of Rifle, Colorado; Glenn (Celia) of Wellington, New Zealand; and Terry (Tamara) of Fairfield, California; five granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

 

Services and a private interment will be in Sitka. The family will soon announce the date of the services.

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