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Cleo Weston
Cleo Weston


Cleo Weston, 89, died Sept. 4, 2017, in Ketchikan.

She was born Nov. 27, 1927, in Hamilton, Montana. As a teenager during World War II, she worked as a Forest Service lookout at Seely Lake for a summer.

In March of 1951, she moved to Ketchikan with her two young daughters and married her childhood sweetheart, Thomas Weston, her family writes. They traveled and resided in Tok Junction, Delta Junction, Mentasta, Petersburg and Talkeetna, as well as the Lower 48, before moving back to Ketchikan permanently in 1960.

Mrs. Weston was an artist her entire life, and was a founding member of the Ketchikan Arts and Craft Guild. She taught art to many people, including senior citizens at the Ketchikan Senior Center for many years. She also donated many of her paintings to charity events, and many of her paintings are in homes around the Ketchikan community.

Mrs. Weston helped operate the Marine Cab Company with her husband, and worked at Dye's bakery. She also worked for Anne Shrum at her screen printing shop, where she designed the logo that's used by the Ketchikan Killer Whales swim club. She worked for Louise Kern in her art shop before buying the shop and operating it as Weston's Art Shop for many years.

She was an active member of the Senior Service Council.

Mrs. Weston was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Thomas A. Weston; parents, Catherine Woolaghan Barnes and Ralph Raymond Barnes; brother, Donald R. Barnes; son-in-law, Dick P. Davis; and grandson, Weston S. Davis.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheri L. Davis and Gail J. (Lawrence) Taylor; grandsons, Glenn T. (Rena) Davis and Ryan J. Davis; granddaughters, Maeve Taylor (Ben) Harris and Catherine Taylor (Ben) Walker; great-grandchildren, Heather Davis, Soren Walker, Anna Walker and Finnegan Harris; sister-in-law, Joan Barnes; nieces, Nancy Young, Susan (Ron Adler) Weston, Sheila (Larry) Benninger and Zerilda Fornaciari; nephew, Steven Barnes; grandnieces, Hannah and Elizabeth Benninger, and Bliss Sawyer; grandnephews, Eric Gilbertson and Sterling Campbell; and friend, Jackie Bredehoft.

At her request, there will be no services.

Donations may be made to the Ketchikan Pioneer Home Residents Council.